AZO Cast Members & Creatives
Winner of the 2014 Opealia Competition, Guatemalan tenor Mario Chang has been praised as a “born bel canto tenor” by Anthony Tommasini in the New York Times. In the 2018/2019 season, Chang will sing Alfredo in La Traviata, marking his debuts with both Washington National Opera and Atlanta Opera. He returns to Oper Frankfurt for his role debut as Corrado in concert performances of Il Corsaro, and returns to Santa Fe Opera to reprise the role of Rodolfo in a new production of La Bohème.
In the 2017/18 season, Chang returned to The Metropolitan Opera to sing Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor, and to Los Angeles Opera as Ismaele in Nabucco opposite Plácido Domingo. Additionally, Chang returned to Oper Frankfurt as the title roles in Werther and Roberto Devereux, as well as the Italian Tenor in a new production of Capriccio by Brigitte Fassbaender. On the concert stage, Chang made his Hollywood Bowl debut as Cassio in Otello with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Operatic highlights from Chang’s previous seasons include the role of Nemorino in The Elixir of Love at The Metropolitan Opera –a role which Chang also sang with the Met and Juilliard scene program conducted by James Levine. With Oper Frankfurt, he sang Lenski in Yevgeny Onegin, Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto, and Rodolfo in La Bohème. Chang sang the Italian Tenor in Der Rosenkavalier at the Met under the baton of Edward Gardner, and with the National Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Christoph Eschenbach, opposite Renée Fleming.
Notable debuts from Chang’s previous seasons include his Los Angeles Opera debut as Rodolfo in La Bohème conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, his Metropolitan Opera debut as the Forth Squire in a new production of Parsifal, his Santa Fe Opera debut as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor conducted by Corrado Rovaris and his North Carolina Opera and role debut as Alfredo in La Traviata. Previous concert engagements include Mozart’s Requiem with Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Guatemala and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Orquesta Sinfónica Centroamericana in Nicaragua. Other highlights include a concert in Puerto Rico honoring Giuseppe Verdi with Teatro de la Opera, his participation in the Opera Studio at L’Accademia di Santa Cecilia di Romain Italy with Renata Scotto, his Carnegie Halldebut singing in a concert with the Musical Olympus Foundation, and his debut with the Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagnein Rennes, France. He was a guest soloist with theSaint Petersburg State Capella Symphony Orchestraat Festival Musical Olympus in Russia, and later returned to Carnegie Hall to appearin recital as part of the Marilyn Horne Song Foundation.
Honors and awards include First Prize, Zarzuela Prize, and audience favorite at the 2014 Opealia Competition, Top Prize in the 2014 Gerda Lissner Foundation competition, a Festival Musique et Vin au Clos Vougeotcareer grant in 2013, a2012 Hildegard Behrens Foundation Awardgrant for promising Young Classical Artists, the 2011 recipient of the overall First Prize, the Plácido Domingo Prize and the ‘Amigos de Sabadell’ Prizein the Francisco Viñas Competitionat Teatro del Liceu, Barcelona. He also received awards from the Concurso de Canto Lírico de Trujillo, Perú, and the Asociación Artista del Año and Asociación Dante Alighieri in Guatemala. Chang was a member of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at The Metropolitan Opera and the Advanced Diploma in Opera Studiesprogram at theJuilliard School. Chang and his wife, soprano Maria José Morales, co-founded Querido Arte: Compañía de Ópera de Guatemala–a young, fresh opera company whose goal is to make Guatemala abenchmark for opera in Latin America and throughout the world. Since the company was established, Ópera de Guatemala has producedfully-staged productions of Rigoletto, La Bohème and The Elixir of Love