Octavio Moreno

Biography

Houston Grand Opera Studio alumnus Octavio Moreno appeared at HGO during the 2009/10 season as Surin in Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades, Belcore in Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’amore, and as a Noble in Wagner’s Lohengrin. During the 2008/09 season he sang Marullo in Verdi’s Rigoletto, and jumped into the title role at the last minute, to aid an ailing fellow singer. He made his Bellas Artes debut (Mexico city) in June 2011 in La fille du régiment. In 2010 he created the role of Laurentino in the world premiere of Cruzar la cara de la luna, followed by the European premiere at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris in 2011. There then followed a US tour, to San Diego Opera, Houston Grand Opera, and Lyric Opera of Chicago in 2013. Mr. Moreno reprised his Laurentino for his Arizona Opera debut in October 2014. He debuted at Opera in the Heights in the role of Germont in La traviata, and returned for Malatesta in Don Pasquale and Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor in the 2013-14 season and in the title role of Verdi’s Rigoletto in the 2014-15 season. He returned to Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera and San Diego Opera as Xihuitl in the world premiere of the mariachi Opera El pasado nunca se termina in 2015, and that same year debuted with the San Antonio Symphony as the baritone soloist in the Estancia ballet. He returned to Arizona Opera in the role of Lopez Ibanez for the American premiere of Arizona Lady in October of 2015, and then started off 2016 with his Moores Opera center debut as Don Alfonso in Mozart’s Così fan tutte. He returns to the Moores Opera Center in 2016-17 for Vronsky in Anna Karenina and John Proctor in The Crucible, then reprises Laurentino in Cruzar la cara de la luna for his Fort Worth Opera debut and appears as Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia with HGOco.

Originally from Hermosillo, Mexico, Mr. Moreno received his Bachelor’s degree in voice at the Universidad de Sonora (with teachers Jesus Li and Marybel Ferrales), then completed the Artist Diploma program at the Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA) in Philadelphia (with teacher Bill Schumman), followed by the Houston Grand Opera Sutudio (with teacher Stephen King). He currently studies under the tutelage of Hector Vásquez.

The baritone won third place in the 2008 Eleanor McCollum Competition for Young Singers and represented Mexico in the 2009 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition and the 2010 Paris International Competition, as well as third place in the Carlo Morelli Competition in Mexico City.

Octavio Moreno released his first solo album in 2013, entitled “Amar a esa mujer”, performing his own compositions accompanied by mariachi.

Repertoire

OPERATIC REPERTOIRE
Composer Role Work Company Year
Rossini Figaro Il barbiere di Siviglia HGOco. 2017
Martínez Laurentino Cruzar la cara de la luna Fort Worth Opera 2017
Bizet Zurga Les pêcheurs de perles Opera in the Heights 2017
Ward John Proctor The Crucible Moores Opera Center 2016
Carlson Alexei Vronsky Anna Karenina Moores Opera Center 2016
Mozart Don Alfonso Così fan tutte Moores Opera Center 2016
Kálmán Lopez Ibanez Arizona Lady Arizona Opera 2015
Martínez Xihuitl El pasado nunca se termina (world premiere) Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, San Diego Opera 2014
Verdi Rigoletto Rigoletto Opera in the Heights 2014
Donizetti Enrico Lucia di Lammermoor Opera in the Heights 2014
Donizetti Malatesta Don Pasquale Opera in the Heights 2013
Verdi Germont La traviata Opera in the Heigths 2013
Martínez Laurentino Cruzar la cara de la luna San Diego Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago 2013
Martínez Laurentino Cruzar la cara de la luna Théâtre du Châtelet 2011
Donizetti Hortensius La fille du régiment Palacio de Bellas Artes 2011
Martínez Laurentino Cruzar la cara de la luna (world premiere) Houston Grand Opera 2010
Tchaikovsky Surin, Yeletsky (cover) The Queen of Spades Houston Grand Opera 2010
Wagner Noble Lohengrin Houston Grand Opera 2009
Donizetti Belcore L’Elisir d’amore Houston Grand Opera 2009
Verdi Marullo, Rigoletto Rigoletto Houston Grand Opera 2009
Leoncavallo Silvio (cover) I pagliacci Houston Grand Opera 2008
Verdi Germont La traviata Oaxaca, Mexico 2008
Verdi Renato Un ballo in maschera (concert) AVA Opera Theatre 2008
Massenet De Bretigny Manon AVA Opera Theatre 2007
Rossini Figaro Il barbiere di Siviglia AVA Opera Theatre 2007
Puccini Guglielmo Wolf Le villi AVA Opera Theatre 2006
Mozart Don Giovanni Don Giovanni AVA Opera Theatre 2005
Moreno Torroba Vidal Luisa Fernanda Hermosillo, Mexico 2004
Mozart Count Almaviva Le nozze di Figaro Hermosillo, Mexico 2003
SUGGESTED REPERTOIRE
Composer Role Work
Bellini Riccardo I Puritani
Bizet Escamillo Carmen
Gounod Valentin Faust
Mozart Guglielmo Così fan tutte
Mozart Papageno Die Zauberflöte
Rossini Dandini La cenerentola
Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin Eugene Onegin
Verdi Rodrigo Don Carlo
Verdi Conde di Luna Il trovatore
Wagner Wolfram Tannhäuser
ORATORIO/CONCERT
Composer Work
Beethoven Symphony No. 9
Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem
Ginastera Estancia
Handel Messiah
Haydn Lord Nelson Mass
Mendelssohn Elijah
Mozart Coronation Mass
Mozart Mass in C minor
Mozart Requiem
Orff Carmina Burana
Verdi Requiem

In The Press

ARIZONA LADY

“Among the highlights are a Spanish-language ballad, ravishingly sung by baritone Octavio Moreno.” – The Arizona Republic

EL PASADO NUNCA SE TERMINA

“One of the most striking characters in the story was the mysterious elderly Mexican man Xihuitl, played by Octavio Moreno who used his character to show the ongoing influence of centuries of indigenous Mexican culture.”- Opera Today

CRUZAR LA CARA DE LA LUNA

“Laurentino (Hermosillo native Octavio Moreno, who possessed both a wonderful burnished baritone and passionate acting chops)…” – Arizona Daily Star

“Octavio Moreno was the standout as Laurentino, singing with a robust baritone and shifting easily from the elder paterfamilias to the younger man in the story’s constant and sometimes confusing flashbacks…” – Chicago Classical Review

“…the singing is flat-out gorgeous. Octavio Moreno and Cecilia Duarte match perfectly in their duets as Laurentino and Renata…” – The Arizona Republic

“Octavio Moreno…sang with passion and was ultimately convincing in the opera’s final scene, where holding the hands of both of his sons, he proclaims, “this is home”…” – San Diego Union-Tribune

RIGOLETTO

“Moreno captured Rigoletto’s fury by singing with vitality and fullness… Moreno infused the melodies with breadth and warmth that exuded fatherly affection. Because Moreno’s voice sounded round and resonant…it helped unite the disparate sides of Rigoletto’s personality.” – Houston Chronicle

“Mexican baritone Octavio Moreno, who sings the title role in the Ruby Cast, has a voice that embodies deep masculinity. It is sharp and clear. His duets showed remarkable control.” – Houstonia Magazine

LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR

“Making a role debut as Enrico, the Mexican-born Octavio Moreno is a baritone I’d like to hear again. Moreno’s voice rings out commandingly with textured emotional agility and a thick, round timbre.” – Houstonia Magazine

“Baritone Octavio Moreno supplies a Mephistophelean overlay to mean brother Enrico with his plangent voice and solid acting.” – Houston Press

DON PASQUALE

“Octavio Moreno charms the audience with his sly Dr. Malatesta, bringing forth many laugh inducing moments of true humor in the performance. His baritone voice is robust and soars on both the longer, more legato moments of the opera’s score and on the conversationally staccato elements as well.” – Broadwayworld.com

LA TRAVIATA

“Baritone Octavio Moreno gave priggish father Germont a real backstory, as his voice rang throughout the sweaty hall. He convinced through his singing. His ballad to Alfredo is lilting and innocent like a lullaby. Moreno with his honeyed baritone sang this as sweetly as if standing over a cradle.” – Houston Press