Originally from Hermosillo, Mexico, baritone Octavio Moreno received his Bachelor degree in Voice at Universidad de Sonora (with teachers Jesus Li and Marybel Ferrales). Mr. Moreno then participated in the Artist Program at the Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA) in Philadelphia (with teacher Bill Schuman), followed by the Houston Grand Opera Studio (with teacher Stephen King). He currently is under Hector Vasquez’s wing.
During the 2014-15 season, Mr. Moreno returned to the Chicago Lyric Opera, Houston Grand Opera and San Diego Opera as Xihuitl in the new Mariachi Opera ‘El Pasado Nunca Se Termina’, as well as his debut with the San Antonio Symphony in the ‘Estancia’ Ballet, singing the Baritone Solo, and Arizona Opera in the role of Lopez Ibanez, for the American premiere of ‘Arizona Lady’.
The 2013-14 season Mr. Moreno appeared in the role of Laurentino in the opera Cruzar la cara de la luna with the San Diego Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera and Arizona Opera where he made his debut in October 2014. Mr. Moreno also, made his Opera in the Heights’ debut as Germont in La Traviata followed by Malatesta in Don Pasquale, Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor and the title role of Rigoletto in Verdi’s Rigoletto.
Mr. Moreno made his Palacio de Bellas Artes (Mexico City), debut in June 2011 in La fille du regiment. In 2010 Mr. Moreno gave life to Laurentino in the World Premiere of Cruzar la cara de la luna. Mr. Moreno also performed the European Premiere of this opera at The Chatelet in Paris, France.
A Houston Grand Opera Studio alumnus Mr. Moreno appeared at HGO during the 2009/10 season as Sourin in Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades, Belcore in Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love, and as a Noble in Wagner’s Lohengrin.
During the 2008/09 season he sang Marullo in Verdi’s Rigoletto (and he jumped to aid a fellow singer in the title role at the last minute).
Mr. Moreno 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.
Mr. Moreno released and wrote his first solo album in 2013 titled “Amar a esa mujer”, accompanied with Mariachi.
Future engagements include Mr. Moreno’s debut at the Moores Opera Center in the role Don Alfonso in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte and Alexei Vronsky in David Carlson’s Anna Karenina.