Concurso San Miguel XI

March 2, 2019—Teatro Angela Peralta

TEN OF THE MOST TALENTED and promising young opera singers in Mexico were chosen as finalists for the 11th Concurso San Miguel. More than 600,000 MN in career grants and many thousands more in performing opportunities and scholarships were awarded. The Grand Finale and Concert was held on March 2, 2019, at 7:30 PM, Teatro Angela Peralta, in San Miguel de Allende. These were the results of the very competitive grand finale.

Ángel Macías, tenor

Marion M. Kelley Foundation 1st Prize, and direct entry to the Semi-final round of this year’s Concurso Morelli;
Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques Prize, opportunity to audition in Montreal for opera directors from 10 countries and to compete for the International Prize;
Direct entry to the Semi-final round of the International Voice Contest in Marmande, France.

Ángel interpreted:

  1. Salut, demeure, chaste et pure from Faust by Charles Gounod


  2. È la solita storia del pastore from L’arlesiana by Cilea


Alejandro López, bass

Amistad Canada 2nd Prize;
Invitation for a six-month Fest contract at Theater Regensburg in Bavaria, Germany.

Alejandro interpreted:

  1. Ella giammai m’amò from Don Carlo by Verdi


  2. Il lacerato spirito from Simon Boccanegra by Verdi


Rodrigo Urrutia, bass-baritone

Third Prize;
Invitation to join a quartet of singers for an opera gala at the St. Eustache (Quebec) Opera Festival, summer 2019;
Invitation by the Conservatory Liceo (Barcelona, Spain), Master of Opera Program, to sing the title role in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale.

Rodrigo interpreted:

  1. Madamina, il catalogo è questo from Don Giovanni by Mozart


  2. Vyes tabor spit from Aleko by Rachmaninoff


Denis Vélez, soprano

Fourth Prize

Denis interpreted:

  1. Depuis le jour from Louise by Charpentier


  2. Sì, mi chiamano Mimì from La Bohè:me by Puccini


Frida Portillo, mezzo-soprano

The Director’s Prize;
Highlands Opera Studio (Haliburton, Ontario, Canada), to sing the role of the Komponist (Composer) in Ariadne auf Naxos.

Frida interpreted:

  1. Werther! Qui m’aurait dit…Ces lettres! from Werther by Massenet


  2. Parto, parto from La clemenza di Tito by Mozart


Luisa Mordel, soprano

Oliver Deehan Memorial Prize;
Prize for Exceptional Integrity, Fortitude, Discipline, Tenacity and Positive Outlook;
Rosewood San Miguel Audience Favorite Prize.

Luisa interpreted:

  1. Se’il valor vostro from Alina, regina di Golconda by Donizetti


  2. Dieu, quel frisson; Amour ranime mon courage from Roméo et Juliette by Gounod


Esteban Baltazar, bass-baritone

Herman Marcus Memorial Prize;
OSM Encouragement Grant

Esteban interpreted:

  1. Aprite un po’ quegli occhi from Le nozze di Figaro by Mozart


  2. Riez, allez, riez from Don Quichotte by Massenet


Carlos Arámbula, baritone

Lee & Victoria Tashjian Prize;
Encouragement Grant;
Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity (Alberta, Canada), Opera in the 21st Century Program, Summer 2019, to sing roles in two world premieres.

Carlos interpreted:

  1. Avant de quitter ces lieux from Faust by Charles Gounod


OSM sincerely apologizes for the sound quality issues. We were experiencing technical difficulties.

  2. The Ballad of Baby Doe from Warm as the Autumn Light by Moore


Jennifer Velasco, soprano

Youthful Potential Prize;
Encouragement Grant

Jennifer interpreted:

  1. Je dis que rien ne m’épouvante from Carmen by Bizet


  2. Mèsíčku na nebi hlubokém from Rusalka by Dvořák


Francisco Bedoy-Solórzano, tenor

Prize for Outstanding Interpretation and Style.

Francisco interpreted:

  1. Sì, ritrovarla io guiro; Dolce speranza, freddo timore from La Cenerentola by Rossini


  2. Wie eine Rosenknospe from Die lustige Witwe by Lehár


Invitados Especiales

BELOW ARE THREE VERY TALENTED young singers who were invited to the Concurso. Although they did not compete, we believe these young singers to have a special talent that deserves encouragement. They participated in coachings and master classes, and performed for the Concurso audience during the judges’ deliberations. We know we will be hearing more from them in the future.

Diana Rojas, soprano

Diana interpreted:

  O luce di quest’anima from Linda di Chamounix by Donizetti


Ingrid Gabriela, mezzo-soprano

Ingrid interpreted:

  Se Romeo t’uccise un figlio; La tremenda ultrice spada from I Capuleti e i Montecchi by Bellini


Damaris Lezama, soprano

Damaris interpreted:

  Di piacer mi balza il cor from La gazza ladra by Rossini