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Osmo Vänskä /// Music Director

Christopher Colmenero

tenor

Christopher Colmenero

Christopher Colmenero, tenor, is an emerging artist currently based in Minneapolis. His educational achievements include a PDPL in Voice/Opera from the Mannes College of Music and B.M/M.M degrees in Voice/Opera from the Purchase College Conservatory of Music. While studying at Purchase College he performed the roles of Rinuccio in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, Tamino in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, Don José in Bizet's Carmen and Prince Charmant in Massenet's Cendrillon. Studying at Mannes College he performed the roles of Mavra in Stravinsky's Mavra, Male Chorus in Britten's The Rape of Lucretia and Pablo Neruda in Daniel Cátan's Il Postino. Christopher was a 2014 Chautauqua Opera young artist and and a 2016 Opera Saratoga young artist. He returned to Purchase College as a guest artist in 2016 to sing Judge Danforth in the Purchase Opera spring production of Miller/Ward's The Crucible. Christopher was a resident artist with the Minnesota Opera for during the 2016-17 season and performed the roles of Benvolio in Gounod's Roméo et Juliette and Froh in Wagner's Das Rheingold. He also covered the roles of Roméo and Rodolfo in Puccini's La Bohème. Christopher made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2015 with the Cecilia Chorus of New York. He was a 3rd Place Winner in the Midwestern Regional finals for the 2017 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and was an Eastern District Winner of the 2016 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. He has also received awards from the Giulio Gari Foundation, the Gerda Lissner Foundation and Chautauqua Opera. Christopher was a recipient of the 2014 Richard F Gold Career Grant.