Oscar Velázquez

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Biography

The exciting young baritone Óscar Velázquez most recently debuted in the title role of Don Giovanni at the first San Luis Opera Festival in San Luis Potosí, Mexico. He made his first professional appearance on the opera stage in 2008, as the Bonze in Madama Butterfly at the International Chihuahua Opera Festival, conducted by Carlos García Ruiz and directed by Oscar Tapia. In 2011, he debuted as Sciarrone in Tosca at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, returning in 2012 for Die Frau ohne Schatten, conducted by Guido Maria Guida.

He burst onto the international scene in 2013 as Renato in Un ballo in maschera and Klingsor in Parsifal (“The Mexican baritone Oscar Velázquez was a Machiavellian Klingsor, who could even frighten the most evil of men…” – Movimento.com) with the festival “Amazonas de Ópera” in Manaus, Brazil. In that same year, he took on Britten’s Tarquinius in the Mexican premiere of The Rape of Lucretia. In 2015, he was chosen to represent Mexico in the International Exposition of the Arts “Bienal de Venecia.”

In 2016, Mr. Velázquez was the Third Prize winner in the first-ever Linus Lerner Vocal Competition, as part of the Opera Festival of San Luis Potosí. He has won prizes in a number of others, including the Carlo Morelli, Opera Sinaloa, and Opera de San Miguel. He was a semifinalist in Germany, in the International “Competizione dell’Opera” competition, and the Third Place winner in the 2015 “Concurso Iberamericano de Canto Irma González.” He has appeared with conductors such as Enrique Patrón de Rueda, Ivan Angelov, Niksa Barezza, Luis Samuel Saloma, Carlos Miguel Prieto, Enrique Carreón, Gianfranco Marcelletti, Enrique Diemecke, and many more.

In 2009 he was awarded a Placido Domingo Grant from the Sociedad Internacional de Valores y Arte Mexicano (SIVAM). In 2014 he was a member of “Estudio Ópera de Bellas Artes” (the Bellas Artes Opera Studio). He is currently a member México of the Scenic Arts Company “Escenia Ensamble” directed by Ragnar Conde, and also of the “Solistas Ensamble” vocal group of INBA.

Óscar Velázquez hails from Mexico City, where he obtained his degree in Opera and Concert Performance at the National Conservatory of Music. His upcoming engagements include Marcello in La bohème with the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Paraguay, and Angelotti in Tosca in Mexico City, accompanied by the Orquesta Filarmónica de la UNAM, with Enrique Patrón de Rueda conducting.

Repertoire

OPERATIC REPERTOIRE
Composer Role Work Company Year
Puccini Jack Wallace La fanciulla del West Mexico National opera 2017
Mozart Count Almaviva Le nozze di Figaro San Luis Potosí Opera Festival 2017
Von Weber Cuno Der Freischütz National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico 2017
Monteverdi Un Pastore/Plutone L’Orfeo Mexico National Opera 2017
Puccini Angelotti Tosca Orquesta Filarmónica de la UNAM 2016
Puccini Marcello La bohème Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Paraguay 2016
Mozart Don Giovanni Don Giovanni San Luis Potosí Opera Festival 2016
Bellini Riccardo (cover) I Puritani Palacio de Bellas Artes 2016
Gounod Capulet Roméo et Juliette Pablo de Villavicencio Theater, Sinaloa 2016
Bizet Morales Carmen Obrero Theater, Zamora, Mexico 2014
Verdi Monterone Rigoletto Palacio de Bellas Artes 2014
Berlioz Don Pedro Béatrice et Bénédict Nezahualcoyotl Concert Hall, Mexico City 2014
Bizet Escamillo Carmen Palacio del Arzobispado, Mexico City 2014
Puccini Schaunard La bohème Palacio de Bellas Artes 2013
Britten Tarquinius The Rape of Lucretia (Mexican premiere) Julio Castillo Theater, Mexico City 2013
Wagner Klingsor Parsifal Amazonas Theater, Manaus, Brazil 2013
Verdi Renato Un ballo in maschera Amazonas Theater 2013
Puccini Zio Bonzo Madama Butterfly Monterrey City Theater 2012
Mozart Masetto Don Giovanni Victor Hugo Rascon Banda Theater, Chihuahua, Mexico 2012
R. Strauss Der Geisterbote Die Frau ohne Schatten Palacio de Bellas Artes 2012
SUGGESTED REPERTOIRE
Composer Role Work
Beethoven Don Pizarro Fidelio
Donizetti Enrico Lucia di Lammermoor
Giordano Gérard Andrea Chenier
Gounod Valentin Faust
Leoncavallo Silvio, Tonio I Pagliacci
Mascagni Alfio Cavalleria Rusticana
Offenbach Lindorf, Coppélius, Dappertutto, Dr. Miracle Les contes d’Hoffmann
Puccini Sharpless Madama Butterfly
Puccini Michele Il tabarro
Puccini Lescaut Manon Lescaut
Saint-Säens High Priest Samson et Dalila
Verdi Amonasro Aida
Verdi Rodrigo Don Carlo
Verdi Ford Falstaff
Verdi Macbeth Macbeth
Verdi Germont La traviata
Verdi Di Luna Il trovatore
Wagner Wolfram Tannhäuser
ORATORIO/CONCERT
Composer Work
Beethoven Symphony No. 9
Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem
Haydn Lord Nelson Mass
Mendelssohn Elijah
Mozart Coronation Mass
Mozart Requiem
Orff Carmina Burana
Verdi Requiem

In The Press

PARSIFAL

“The Mexican baritone Oscar Velázquez was a Machiavellian Klingsor, who could even frighten the most evil of men…” – Movimento.com

RIGOLETTO

“It is worth mentioning that four of the secondary characters were played by members of the Bellas Artes Opera Studio, who gave excellent performances, especially Oscar Velázquez as Monterone…” – Opera World

La BOHÈME

“The singers in the principal roles were well-chosen. Alan Faría and Oscar Velázquez rose above the others, both had the dramatic voices and personalities that the work demands.” – ABC Digital Edition

“Schaunard, the musician, was played by young Oscar Velázquez, with an impressive voice that has already won multiple competitions and debuted in other countries as Klingsor in Wagner’s Parsifal and Renato in Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera…” – Opera World

THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA

“Baritone Oscar Velázquez was an imposing presence as Tarquinius, both vocally and theatrically.” – Operaclick.com