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Diego Silva, tenor

 

Biography

 

Tenor Diego Silva continues to attract significant national and international attention with his captivating and charming performances, described by Opera News as “a convincing Romantic hero dispensing a beautiful, lightly vibrato-ed star-quality tenor tone: this is a career to follow.”

Silva made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Tybalt in Bartlett Sher’s production of Roméo et Juliette in the 2016-17 season, of which the New York Classical Review wrote, "Diego Silva made an exceptional debut as Tybalt, flashing a consistent, buttery tenor and working himself up to burning insistence as he made his fateful challenge to Romeo." Highlights of recent engagements also include the roles of the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto with the Luzerner Theater and his debuts with the Vilnius City Opera in Faust (Faust), the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. This season, Silva returns to the Luzerner Theater for productions of La Traviata (Alfredo), Falstaff (Fenton), Die Zauberflöte (Tamino), and a new production of Jules Massenet’s Manon (Des Grieux). He will additionally return to Vilnius City Opera as the title role in Faust and make his debut with Opéra-Théâtre de Metz Métropole as Rodolfo in La Bohème.


Silva recently performed the title role in Faust at the Macau International Music Festival, a role which he also covered at the Opéra National de Paris, under the baton of Emmanuel Plasson, and performed at both the Academy of Vocal Arts and Curtis Opera Theatre. Other recent performances include the roles of Alfredo in La traviata with the Theater Orchester Biel and with Des Moines Metro Opera; Leicester in Maria Stuarda at Edmonton Opera; Percy in Anna Bolena in concert at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow; Tamino in Die Zauberflöte at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City; and Rodolfo in La bohème with the Yucatan Symphonic Orchestra.

Other performance highlights include the roles of Rodolfo in La bohème, conducted by Lorin Maazel, and Tinca in Il tabarro, La théière in L’enfant et les Sortileges, and covering the role of Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi at the Castleton Festival; the roles of Des Grieux in Manon, Lensky in Eugene Onegin, Count Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore at the Academy of Vocal Arts; and the roles of Arbace in Adomeneo, Lacouf in Les Mamelles de Tiresias, Florville in Il Signor Bruschino, Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Eros in Antony and Cleopatra, Elvino in La Sonnambula, Belfiore in Il Viaggio a Reims, Der Narr in Wozzeck, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, and Sellem in The Rake’s Progress at Curtis Opera Theatre.

Featured soloist engagements have included the Violon Sur le Sable concert series in Royan, France, and opera and zarzuela recitals at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, the Konzerthaus Berlin, and with the Palacio de Bellas Artes Orchestra, El Paso Symphony Orchestra, and Opera Hispánica. Silva was additionally featured with the New World Symphony Orchestra led by Michael Tilson Thomas at the New World Center; the Plácido Domingo Zarzuela Gala Fuerte de San Diego with the Acapulco Symphony Orchestra; and with the Mineria Symphony Orchestra at the Nezahualcoyotl Theater in the Best Voices of Mexico concert.

Among his many awards and distinctions, Silva was a finalist in the 2013 Operalia Competition, a first prize winner of the 2013 Giargiari Competition, a 2012 encouragement award recipient at the Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal Competition, a winner of first, second and public prizes at the Carlo Morelli Singing Competition, and the recipient of the Plácido Domingo Scholarship for the Sociedad International de Valores del Arte Mexicano (SIVAM).

Diego Silva studied at The Curtis Institute of Music with further studies at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. He previously was a young artist at the Chautauqua Institution where he performed the roles of Rodolfo in La bohème and Lensky in Eugene Onegin, among others.

 

UPCOMING 

Die Zauberflöte (Tamino)

Luzerner Theater

December 17, 23 & 26, 2017

Manon (des Grieux)

Luzerner Theater

December 28, 2017, January 6 & 14, 2018

La Traviata (Alfredo)

Luzerner Theater

February 2, 2018

Falstaff (Fenton)

Luzerner Theater

January 27 & February 1, 7 & 9, 2018

LA TRAVIATA (ALFREDO)

Trondheim Symfoniorkester & Opera

March 8, 10, 12 & 14, 2018

RECENT

La Traviata (Alfredo)

Luzerner Theater

December 15, 2017

Die Zauberflöte (Tamino)

Luzerner Theater

December 2, 8 & 10

Manon (des Grieux)

Luzerner Theater

 November 11, 17, 21, 26, 29

Thaïs (Nicias)

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

August 26, 2017

"Les Salons du Parc" at Fouras-les-Bains

Symphonie d’Été

August 9, 2017

l'elisir d'amore (nemorino)

Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra

June 16, 2017

FAUST (FAUST)

Vilnius City Opera

February 16 & 18, 2017

ROMÉO ET JULIETTE (TYBALT)

The Metropolitan Opera

December 31, 2016

January 4, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 25, & 28, 2017

RIGOLETTO (DUKE OF MANTUA)

Luzerner Theater

September 23, October 16, 21, 23, 26, 28, 30, November 3, 6, 10, 12, 18, 20, 23, 26, 30 & December 2, 2016

VIOLON SUR LE SABLE CONCERT

Royan, France

July 26, 2016

Maria Stuarda (Leicester)

Edmonton Opera

April 2016

La Traviata (Alfredo)

Theater Orchester Biel

February - March 2016

Faust (faust)

Macau International Music Festival

October 2015 - January 2016

Faust (Faust)

Opera National de Paris

December 2015

La Traviata (Alfredo)

Des Moines Metro Opera

July 2014

Anna Bolena (Percy)

Tchaikovsky Concert Hall

October 2014

The Magic Flute (Tamino)

Palacio de Bellas Artes

February 2014

 

Artist's schedule subject to change. Please direct professional inquiries to artist's management.

GALLERY

Audio

 

VIDEO

Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schö rom Mozart's "Die Zauberflöte" at Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico

Jacinto Guerrero's "Los Gavilanes" at Opera Hispánica's Pasiones! The Pulse of Zarzuela concert

REVIEWS

Thaïs, MeLBOURNE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, AUGUST 2017

 

Thaïs: Opera In Concert

"Diego Silva used his attractive light tenor to project a sense of refinement coupled with naïve self-indulgence."

CLASSIC MELBOURNE, HEATHER LEVISTON

 

Thaïs review: Mid-year gala finds favour with audience

"...tenor Diego Silva shone as the philosopher-about-town, Nicias..."

BRISBANE TIMES, CILVE O'CONNELL

Romeo et Juliette, Metropolitan Opera, January 2017

 

Grigolo, Damrau Radiant As Met’s Star-Crossed Duo

" Making his house debut, in the role of Tybalt, tenor Diego Silva was vibrant of tone and of swordsmanship..."

CLASSICAL VOICE AMERICA, Susan Elliott

 

Review: Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo Sizzle in ‘Roméo et Juliette’ at the Met

"...Diego Silva, an appealing young tenor in his Met debut..."

NEW YORK TIMES, Anthony Tommasini

 

Met’s “Roméo et Juliette” closes 2016 with dramatic fireworks

"Diego Silva made an exceptional debut as Tybalt, flashing a consistent, buttery tenor and working himself up to burning insistence as he made his fateful challenge to Romeo."

NEW YORK CLASSICAL REVIEW, Eric Simpson

FAUST, ACADEMY OF VOCAL ARTS, April 2015

"The only principal sensitive to the tapered dynamics and clarity phrasing French style demands was Diego Silva, a convincing Romantic hero dispensing a beautiful, lightly vibratoed star-quality tenor tone: this is a career to follow."

OPERA NEWS, David Shengold

La Traviata, Des Moines Metro Opera, July 2014

 

“Simple tale glitters in 'La Traviata’”

“…tenor Diego Silva's version is almost comically dashing"

DES MOINES REGISTER, Michael Morain

 

”Diego Silva revealed a fresh, slender tenor complemented by an attractive, quick vibrato"

OPERA NEWS, Mark Thomas Ketterson

 

“Count Ory, Dead Man Walking and La traviata in Des Moines”, Opera Today, James Sohre

“…nice-looking, sincere, and has good musical instincts.”

OPERA TODAY, James Sohre

Manon, Academy of Vocal Arts, May 2014

 

“AVA's Manon is playful, pretty and purposeful”, Operatoonity, Gale Martin

"...Mexican tenor Diego Silva turned in a worthy performance. He has an Italianate quality to his singing and also to his onstage affect...he had many shining moments that evening and a stage presence that is endearing."

OPERATOONITY, Gale Martin

 

“In AVA's 'Manon,' bigger isn't better”

“…the vocally muted rapture [Diego] projected in des Grieux's Act II "Le Reve" was a minor miracle of Gallic seamlessness…”

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, David Patrick Stearns

Giulio Gari Foundation Celebration Concert, October 2013

 

“Giulio Gari Foundation celebrates 10th anniversary”, 

"Diego Silva superbly sang a rarity...with exquisite beauty, grace and pathos."

Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Nino Pantano

L’Elisir d’Amore, Academy of Vocal Arts, May 2012

 

“AVA's memorable "'L'Elisir d'Amore" with outstanding tenor Diego Silva”, BachTrack, Gale Martin

"Silva endears himself as the shy, lovestruck librarian (in this version) and turns in an utterly remarkable performance."

BACHTRACK, Gale Martin

 

 
FEATURES

FEATURES

"10 Jóvenes Mexicanos Extraordinarios!", GQ MEXICO MAGAZINE, AUGUST 2016


"Spotlight on diego silva", Schmopera, July 31, 2016

A finalist of the 2013 Operalia Competition, tenor Diego Silva keeps busy with roles like Rodolfo (La bohème), Alfredo (La traviata), and the title role in Faust. In the 2016/17 season, he'll sing the Duke of Mantua (Rigoletto) at the Luzerner Theater in Switzerland, and he's set to make his Metropolitan Opera debut in the 2016/17 season as Tybalt in Gounod's Roméo et Juliette. Silva chats about loving his work, and the "liberating" feeling of great singing.

WHY DO YOU SING, AND WHY ARE YOU DOING IT PROFESSIONALLY?

I feel like singing is my way of communicating to people and my way of letting everything I have inside myself out. I sing professionally because I realized I could live from doing what I love!

WHAT DOES "GOOD SINGING" MEAN TO YOU? WHAT DOES IT FEEL LIKE WHEN YOU ACHIEVE IT?

Good singing for me is singing beautifully and healthily. I think good singing is not only being technically perfect, but also being able to express and move other people. When I can achieve it, it feels like my voice responds to everything I want to do with it and the feeling is liberating.

WHAT DO YOUNG SINGERS NEED TO DO MORE OF? WHAT SHOULD THEY DO LESS OF?

We need to take more time developing our craft and never stop listening to the people we trust about what we can improve on. Young singers should learn more languages while in school, as they are really important for when you are working in many different countries.

DO YOU HAVE ANY "BUCKET LIST" ROLES YOU’D LIKE TO SING (REALISTICALLY OR OTHERWISE)?

There are many roles that I would like to sing in my career and it is difficult to say which ones are realistic and which ones are unrealistic as I really don't know exactly how my voice is going to grow. One role that I would really want to sing soon is Romeo. I love that music!

HOW DO YOU EXPLAIN YOUR JOB TO NON-MUSIC FOLKS?

I make a living from doing what I love to do, and my schedule is always changing and includes lots of travel. I never get bored because I have to study a lot of different music in different languages and there is always room for improvement.


"Un Violon sur le Sable: retour en images sur les concerts de Trilogy et Diego Silva à Royan", France3


 

“Tenor mexicano Diego Silva”, Radio Red 1110 AM, July 7, 2015

 


“Diego Silva, un joven Fausto”, Excelsior, Juan Carlos Talavera, February 17, 2015

 

CIUDAD DE MÉXICO, 17 de febrero.- El tenor mexicano Diego Silva (Ciudad de México, 1988) de 26 años protagonizará el Fausto en el Opéra National de Paris (Ópera Nacional de París), una de las instituciones más antiguas e importantes de Europa, sucesora de la que fundara Luis XIV en 1669 con el nombre de Académie Royale de Musique.

 La oportunidad la recibió hace algunas semanas, luego de que sus cualidades vocales fueran consideradas para sustituir al tenor polaco Piotr Bec-zala, quien declinó participar en este montaje por encontrarse en el MET Opera de Nueva York. Así, su debut ha sido programado para el próximo 2 de marzo y encabezará siete funciones más en dicho escenario.

 El mexicano, que actuará en compañía de intérpretes consagrados como la soprano búlgara Krassimira Stoyanova (Marguerite) y el bajo ruso Ildar Abdrazakov (Mefistófeles), encarnará a Fausto, un viejo erudito atrapado en el cuerpo de un hombre joven.

 MORE INFO


“Bajo LA Lupo”, Pro Opera Magazine, November / December 2011 issue

Diego Silva nació en la Ciudad de México en el seno de una familia de profesionales de la industria farmacéutica, quienes no sentían gran interés por la ópera, pero su madre lo apoyó en dicha carrera, aunque incierta al principio, pues Diego había iniciado muchos proyectos sin terminarlos. Siempre sintió la necesidad de cantar y así lo hizo en coros escolares, donde era el favorito de los directores por tener la voz más aguda y por ser bien afinado.

En su adolescencia tenía predilección por el rock, la canción ranchera y cualquier tipo de música que correspondiera a su generación. Sin embargo, su madre lo llevaba a conciertos de cámara y música navideña. Decidió tomar clases de canto y fue ahí cuando conoció la técnica vocal que le llevaría a su pasión por la ópera, iluminando el camino a la vocación para la cual naciera. Cabe agregar que ningún miembro de su familia tiene tendencias musicales.

Ingresó al programa de jóvenes artistas SIVAM, entrenando en el campo lírico a los 17 años, siendo el becario más joven de la institución. Ahí fue donde Joan Dornemann, del Metropolitan de Nueva York, lo escuchó cantar en su visita a México y lo acercó a Pepita Serrano, quien eventualmente lo envió a Nueva York a estudiar con Denise Massè, quien trabajaba en el Curtis Institute of Music de Filadelfia, uno de los conservatorios más prestigiosos del país. Diego audicionó con gran éxito y le fue otorgada una beca completa de cuatro años, que termina ahora.

 

MORE INFO

Repertoire

OPERATIC REPERTOIRE

 

BELLINI

La Sonnambula (Elvino)

 

BIZET

Les Pêcheurs de Perles (Nadir)

 

DONIZETTI

Anna Bolena (Percy)

Don Pasquale (Ernesto)

L'Elisir d'amore (Nemorino)

Lucia di Lammermoor (Edgardo)

Maria Stuarda (Leicester)

 

GOUNOD

Faust (title role)
Romeo et Juliette (Romeo, Tybalt)

 

MASSENET

Manon (Des Grieux)

 

MOZART

Così fan tutte (Ferrando) 

Don Giovanni (Don Ottavio)

Die Zauberflote (Tamino)

 

PUCCINI

Gianni Schicchi (Rinuccio)

La Rondine (Ruggero)

 

R. STRAUSS

Der Rosenkavalier (Italian tenor)

 

TCHAIKOVSKY

Eugene Onegin (Lensky)

 

VERDI

Rigoletto (Duke)

La Traviata (Alfredo)
 

ORCHESTRAL/ORATORIO REPERTOIRE

 

ROSSINI

Petite Messa Solennelle

Stabat Mater

 

 

CONTACT

 

PUBLICITY

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katlyn@morahanartsandmedia.com

+1 610 914 3152

www.morahanartsandmedia.com


ARTISTIC REPRESENTATION

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joel.thomas@askonasholt.co.uk

+44 20 7400 1739

 

Camilla Wehmeyer, Artist Manager

Camilla.Wehmeyer@askonasholt.co.uk

020 7400 1710

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