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Luiz-Ottavio Faria, made his operatic debut in the title role of Tom, in Un Ballo in Maschera with the legendary tenor Carlo Bergonzi, Fernando Teixeira, and Stefka Evstatieva at Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro and the Theatro Municipal de Sao Paulo, directed by Maestro Isaac Karabtchevsky. In 1989, he was awarded The Juilliard School of Music scholarship, which enabled him to further his studies in New York City.  Since his auspicious debut, the distinguished basso's career in concert and opera performances has take him around the globe, especially  in Europe, USA, Canada, Mexico, and Brazil.

Following his studies at The Juilliard School of Music, he won several important national and international singing competition and musical Foundation awards, such as the 23rd national Carmen Gomes Competition (1988), prize Bass Guilherme Damiano, The Juilliard School Scholarship (1989), William Randolph Hearst Foundation, Die Meistersinger, (Aims), Austria (1994), Opera Index, YWCA Vocal Competition and The Great Buffalo Opera Competition (1995), The New Jersey State Opera Vocal Singing Competition, Lola Hayes Vocal Competition (1996).  He is also the recipient of the (1997) The William Matthews Sullivan Foundation grant.

Mr. Faria recently made a triumphant debut and a critically acclaimed performance in the title role of Banco in Macbeth at the Teatro Alla Scala di Milano and Marcel in Meyerbeer's Les Huguenots, at the Carnegie Hall with the Opera Orchestra of New York, where he first attracted the international attention and was admired equally for his real and majestic bass voice and for his acting ability.

Highlights of recent  and past seasons include Oroveso, in (Norma), Palm Beach Opera, Mo. Bruno Aprea, Commendatore, in (Don Giovanni), with the XXV Festival de Musica de Mexico, Mo. Philip Pickett, a concert with Vero Beach Opera, featuring the soprano Susan Neves and friends, Ramfis, (Aida) Seattle Opera, Mo. Riccardo Frizza, Ramfis, (Aida) with Teatro Massimo di Palermo, with Mo. Maurizio Benini and Franco Zeffireli, and Colline, in (La Boheme) with the  Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro. He returned to the Palm Beach Opera, for the role of Timur in (Turandot) at Kravis Center for the Performing arts, Banquo in (Macbeth) at Teatro Alla Scala di Milano, conducted by maestro Kazushi Ono, Father Laurence in (Romeo and Juliet), with Opera Grand Rapids, Maestro Robert Lyall. Ramfis in (Aida) with the Kansas City Opera, Giovanni da Procida, in (I  Vespri  Siciliani), at Teatro Carlo Felice, Genova, conduted by Renato Palumbo. He debuted with the New Orleans Opera, in  the role of (Talpa & Simone) in Il Trittico, with maestro Robert Lyall..

Past performances include the role of Il Capitan in (Florencia en el Amazonas) with the Seattle Opera, Zaccaria in  (Nabucco) with the Opera Carolina, the Grand Inquisitore in (Don Carlo), Theatro Municipal de Sao Paulo, Alvise in (La Gioconda) with the X Festival de Opera do Theatro Amazonas. He reprised this role at theatro Municipal de Sao Paulo, Sarastro in (The Magic Flute) with the Palm Beach Opera,  Colline in (La Boheme) with the Knoxville Opera, Nourabad in (Les Percheurs de Perles) and Alvise in (La Gioconda) at Carnegie Hall with the Opera Orchestra of New York, Sarastro (The Magic Flute) with the Coral Lirico and Timur in (Turandot) at the Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, opposite to Giovanna Casolla, under the baton of Maestro Silvio Barbato. The King in (Aida), at the New Jersey State Opera, Don Antonio in (Il Guarany)  by Antonio Carlos Gomes, at the Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, Oroveso in  (Norma)  at the Opera de Quebec, and Leonard Bernstein's Musical (On the Town), at the Delacorte Theater in New York City.

Mr. Faria's repertoire extends from Seneca in (L' Incoronazione di Poppea), to the High priest of the hebrews, Zaccaria in Verdi's (Nabucco). His already vast operatic portrayals of more than 30 roles includes Ramfis and King, (Aida), Sparafucile, (Rigoletto), Alvise, (La Gioconda) Tom, (Un Balle in Maschera), Banco, (Macbeth), Ferrando, (Il Trovatore), Sarastro (The Magic Flute), and Colline in (La Boheme), among others.

One of America's leading basses, Luiz-Ottavio Faria has appeared with the world's major operatic and symphonic organizations. He has performed with such renowned companies as the Teatro Alla Scala di Milano, Opera Grand Rapids, Kansas City Opera, Teatro Carlo Felice, New Orleans Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Seattle Opera, Opera Carolina, Theatro Municipal de Sao Paulo, Theatro Amazonas, Knoxville Opera, Opera Orchestra of New York, Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, New Jersey State Opera, Theater des Westens, Musikverein of  Vienna, The Caramoor Festival, Connecticut Concert Opera, Opera de Quebec, Opera de Montreal, Delacorte Theater of New York City, Teatro Bellas Artes, Teatro Massimo di Palermo, among many others.

He has been heard in concert repertoire with such leading orchestras as the Orquestra Sinfonica del Estado de Mexico, Orquestra Filarmonica de Gran Canaria, Spain, Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec and the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Costa Rica.

Mr. Faria has been acclaimed for his concert performances as well. He has sung the Verdi's Requiem, Albinoni's Magnificat, Rossini's Stabat Mater and Mass in Eb Major, Bach's Magnicat Saint Matthews Passion, Edward Elgar's the Kingdom, also Mozart's Requiem, and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. He received his musical training at the Villa Lobos School of Music, (Rio de Janeiro), The University of  Rio de Janeiro, American Institute of Music Studies, Austria and The Juilliard School of Music, New York.

Notable and distinguished conductors with whom Luiz-Ottavio Faria has performed include maestros,  Jose Maria Florencio, Robert Lyall,  Isaac Karabtchevsky, Alfredo Silipigni, Will Cruchtfield, Enrique Batiz, Silvio Barbato,  Mark Gibson, Yoav Talmi, Neil Veron, Mark Flint, Eve Queler, Ligia Amadio, Francis Graffeo, Ira Levin, Gregory Ortega, Roberto Duarte, Bernard Labadie, James Meena, Kyle Swann, Kevin Stites, Francois Clemmons, Kamal Khan, Luiz Fernando Malheiro, Ward Holmquist, Bruno Aprea, Silvio Viegas, Jerome Shannon, Jung-Ho Pak, Jamil Maluf, Eugene Kohn, Renato Palumbo, Kazushi Ono, Roberto Minczuk, Riccardo Frizza, Philip Pickett, Maurizio Benini, among others.

Future highlights engagements for Luiz-Ottavio Faria 2010-2011 seasons include:                                                                                                                                         Nabucco (Zaccaria) with Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova, Il Trovatore (Ferrando) Teatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro,Turandot (Timur) in Arena di Verona, Don Carlo (Grande Inquisitore) opera di Bilbao, Norma (Oroveso) Kansas City Lyric Opera, Aida (Ramphis) Teatro Massimo di Palermo, Nabucco (Zaccaria) Opera Palm Beach, Turandot  (Timur), Festival de Opera de la Coruna, Spain, Norma (Oroveso), with the Palm Beach Opera, conducted by maestro Bruno Aprea, Don Giovanni (Il Commendatore), XXV Festival de Opera of  Mexico, Teatro Massimo di Palermo, Simon Boccanegra (Fiesco), Maestro Philippe Auguin and stage director Giorgio Gallione, Teatro Real de Madrid, Spain, Rigoletto (Conte Monterone),  Maestro Roberto Abbado and Stage Director Monique Wagemakes. Luiz-Ottavio Faria works and coach with Pierre Vallet and with the notable and distinguished Baritono & Maestro Mario H. Bertolino.

Poslední změna: 2010-07-09, 06:42 EDT (Luiz-Ottavio Faria)