AZO Cast Members & Creatives
Houston Grand Opera Studio alumnus Octavio Moreno appeared at on the mainstage in Houston during the 2009/10 season as Sourin in Tchaikovsky's The Queen of Spades, Belcore in Donizetti's L'Elisir d'amore and as a Noble in Wagner's Lohengrin. During the 2008/09 season he sang Marullo in Verdi's Rigoletto (and he jumped to the aid of a fellow singer in the title role at the last minute).
Originally from Hermosillo, Mexico, Moreno received his Bachelor's degree in Voice at the Universidad de Sonora (with teachers Jesus Li and Marybel Ferrales), then did the artist program at the Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA) in Philadelphia (with teacher Bill Schumann). He currently is under Dr. Stephen King´s wing.
The baritone won third place in the 2008 Eleanor McCollum Competition for Young Singers and represented Mexico in the 2009 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition and the 2010 Paris International competition, as well as third place in the Carlo Morelli competition in Mexico city.
Moreno made his Bellas Artes Debut (Mexico City) in June 2011 as Hortensius in The Daughter of the Regiment. In 2010. He created the role of Laurentino in the world premiere of the mariachi opera Cruzar la cara de la luna and then in the European premiere at the Théâtre du Chatelet in Paris in 2011. There followed a United States tour of the piece, with performances in San Diego, Houston and Chicago in 2013, culminating in Mr. Moreno's debut as Laurentino at Arizona Opera in 2014. His Opera in the Heights' debut was as Germont in La Traviata, followed by Malatesta in Don Pasquale and Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor in the 2013/14 season, and the title role of Verdi's Rigoletto in the 2014/15 season. He will create the role of Xihuitl in El Pasado Nunca se Termina at Lyric Opera of Chicago in 2015, and thereafter repeat the performances with San Diego Opera and Houston Grand Opera.
Moreno released his first solo album in 2013, entitled "Amar a esa mujer", including both mariachi themes and music of his own composition.