Christopher Colmenero is a tenor from Charlotte, Vermont. He currently resides in New York City and recently made his debut with the Chautauqua Opera Company as a 2014 Young Artist. His educational achievements include a Professional Studies Certificate for voice and opera from the Mannes College of Music and B.A. and M.M degrees from the Purchase College Conservatory of Music in Vocal/Opera Performance. While studying at Purchase he performed the roles of Rinuccio in Puccini’s “Gianni Schicchi”, Tamino in Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte”, Don José in Bizet’s “Carmen” and Prince Charmant in Jules Massenets “Cendrillon” with Purchase Opera. While at Mannes College he has performed the roles of Mavra in Igor Stravinsky’s “Mavra”, Male Chorus in Benjamin Britten’s “Rape of Lucretia” and Pablo Neruda in Daniel Cátan’s “Il Postino” with Mannes Opera. Christopher is a recipient of the 2014 Richard F Gold Career Grant and received encouragement awards from the Giulio Gari Foundation and the Chautauqua Opera Company. Christopher is a student of Bonnie Hamilton.
“The pagan-era tale has been given two characters, serving as male and female ‘choruses’, who interpret the events in light of later Christian theology, an interpolation that many have viewed as heavy-handed. But it is easier to accept those choruses when they are performed by artists as firm-voiced and thoughtful as the tenor Christopher Colmenero and the soprano Felicia Moore. All the Mannes singers, directed by Laura Alley, were talented and dramatically committed, particularly the men.” ~ NYTimes (2013 Mannes College, The Rape of Lucretia)