Mexican tenor to debut in Australian opera

Canberra, Australia – This year marks the fifth for Canberra’s Voices in the Forest concert and will include Mexican tenor, Diego Torre.

The concert’s artist director, Christopher Latham, says that this year, he intends to make the opera as romantic as possible, highlighting an abridged performance of Puccini’s La Boheme. Mexico’s own Diego Torre will make his debut in November as Rodolfo alongside Cheryl Barker as Mimi and Jose Carbo as Marcello. The trio will perform popular ensembles and arias including works by Bizet, Verdi and Mozart.

Torre, who will be visiting Canberra in July to check out the Arboretum where he will perform in November, said he had first come to Australia to perform in 2011, also in a production of La Boheme.

“It was the first contract I got with Opera Australia – I did 23 performances in a row in Sydney as Rodolfo.”

He liked it so much he decided to make Australia his base and said he was in the process of emigrating here with his wife and child.

Torre studied at the National School of Music in Mexico City and said he was inspired to pursue opera after hearing recordings of the Italian singer Giuseppe Giacomini. “His voice is dark, it is big, so present. He’s a great singer.”

After graduating, Torre was part of the Young Artists at LA Opera from 2007-2009. He then went on to sing in Verdi’s Adia and Stiffelio at the Met in New York City. From there, Torre sang in numerous Puccini and Verdi operas around Europe, the US and Australia.

When asked to compare Torre’s Spanish-sounding voice to those of Italian tenors such as Pavarotti, Latham said that Torre had a dark sound, a thrillingly loud singing voice that is Nessun Dorma was the best he ever heard.

Voices in the Forest plays November 21 at the National Arboretum in Canterra, Australia.

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