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Eduardo Villa, Tenor

Eduardo Villa is one of the world's most sought-after and versatile tenors with an usually broad repertoire that ranges from Nemorino to Otello in leading opera houses throughout Europe and North America.. 

He is a regular guest of the Metropolitan Opera and has appeared on their stage in the title roles in Don Carlo and Ernani, Radames in Aida, Rodolpho in Luisa Miller, Don Jose in Carmen, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana, Canio in I Pagliacci. and Enzo in La Gioconda.

Elsewhere in North America, he has performed as Jacopo in I Due Foscari with the Opera Orchestra of New York and with Opera Hamilton, the title role in Don Carlo for the Opera Company of Philadelphia, Calaf in Turandot for Opera Pacific, Michigan Opera Theater, and the Austin Lyric Opera, Don Jose with the Houston Grand Opera, the title role in Otello, Riccardo in Un Ballo in Maschera, and Don Jose for Michigan Opera, Enzo in La Gioconda for the Florida Grand Opera, Riccardo for the Vancouver Opera, the title role in Otello, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Calaf in Otello, Manrico in Il Trovatore, Riccardo in Un Ballo in Maschera, Cavaradossi in Tosca and Alfredo in La Traviata with Connecticut Opera; Calaf, Don Jose, Radames in Aida and Manrico for the New Orleans Opera; Manrico and Alfred in Die Fledermaus for Arizona Opera, Turiddu, Rodolfo, the Duke in Rigoletto, Calaf, Manrico and the title role in Otello for Atlanta Opera; Turiddu and Canio for the Toledo Opera, Edgardo for Tulsa Opera, Nemorino in L'Elisir d'Amore with Opera Hamilton, Opera Grand Rapids as Calaf and Fresno Grand Opera as Manrico.  Elsewhere, he appeared as Riccardo in Zagreb, Croatia, Cavaradossi for the Connecticut Opera, the title role in Ernani for Opera Boston, and Radames in Perth, Australia. This past winter, he appeared with the Jacksonville Symphony as Verdi’s Otello.

In Europe, he was a regular guest of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich (Radames, Don Jose in Carmen, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, the Italian Tenor in Der Rosenkavalier, Der Junge Lord, Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana, Macduff in Macbeth, Fenton in Falstaff, the title role in Les Contes d'Hoffman, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, the Duke in Rigoletto, Rodolfo in La Bohéme, Alfred in Die Fledermaus, and des Grieux in Massenet's Manon), Paris Opera (Don Carlo, Mylio in Le Roi D'ys, and Alfred), Finnish National Opera (Manrico in Il Trovatore), Rome Opera (Don Jose), Gelsenkirchen as Flamand in Capriccio, Stuttgart as Tenor Soloist in the Verdi Requiem; Basel (Don Jose, Turiddu, Hoffmann, and Donizetti's Messa da Requiem); Deutsche Oper Berlin and Nantes as Pinkerton; Nimes (Il Corsaro and Alfred); Mannheim (Cavaradossi in Tosca); Frankfurt and Cologne (Macduff), and the Heidenheim Festival (Otello and Don Carlo).

Notable concert appearances in North America include the Verdi Requiem with the Columbus Symphony and Los Angeles Master Chorale, and opera gala concerts with the Dallas Symphony, Pasadena Symphony, and for Opera Hamilton.

A native of California, Mr. Villa is a winner of the 1982 Metropolitan Opera auditions and the Loren L. Zachary Opera Auditions, He began his musical training as a violinist. While studying at Santa Barbara City College he concentrated on musical comedy. He later attended the University of Southern California where he switched to operatic training.

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