César Méndez


Baritone
  • Prize-winner at the the 37th LogroñoInternational Vocal Competition (2nd prize, special prize “Ópera de Oviedo”. Logroño, Spain, 2019)
  • Prize-winner at the 6th Concurso Internacional de Canto Un Futuro DEARTE (1st Medinaceli, Spain, 2019)
  • Prize-winner at the 7th Certamen Internacional de Zarzuela de Valleseco (1st Valleseco, Spain, 2019)
  • Prize-winner at the 6th Certamen Nuevas Voces Ciudad de Sevilla (1st prize, Ciudad de Sevilla prize, Teatro de la Maestranza prize, Audience Special prize. Sevilla, Spain, 2019)
  • Prize-winner at the 2nd Concurso Nacional de Canto Ciudad de Albacete (1st Albacete, Spain, 2019)
  • Recipient of the special prize “Teatro Nacional de la Zarzuela” at the 58th Tenor Viñas International Singing Contest (Barcelona, Spain, 2021)
  • Prize-winner at the 38th Logroño International Vocal Competition (1st Logroño, Spain, 2021)
  • Prize-winner at the 17th Concurso Internacional de Música de les Corts (2nd prize; Audience Prize “Oroitz Maiz Morea”; Atelier d’Excellence prize. Barcelona, Spain, 2021) 

César Méndez Silvagnoli was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico. In 2011 graduated with a bachelor’s degree in vocal Performance from the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music (class of William Woddruff). In 2013 he completed a master’s degree in Voice from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (class of Kenneth Shaw).

2013–2015 he was a resident artist in the programs for young singers in Sarasota Opera, Kentucky Opera, and Des Moines Metro Opera.

In the 2017–2019 seasons Mr. Méndez was a member of the Centre de Perfeccionament Plácido Domingo in the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía in Valencia, Spain.

He has taken part in master classes imparted by Mariella Devia, Sherill Milnes, Joan Dornemann, Plácido Domingo, Mignon Dunn, Antonio Barasorda and others.

Since his professional debut in his native Puerto Rico in 2010, he has been active as guest artist in opera theaters of USA, Italy, Canada and Spain such as Teatro de la Maestranza, Ópera de Oviedo, Palau de les Arts, Teatro di Pisa, Sarasota Opera, Teatro de la Zarzuela and others.

He has worked with conductors and stage directors such as Victor DeRenzi, Marco Guidarini, Nicola Luisotti, Oliver Díaz, Davide Livermoore, Joan Antón Rechi, Emilio Sagi, Enrico Stinchelli and others.

Since March 2022 César Méndez Silvagnoli has been a soloist of the Opera Company of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre.

Repertoire at the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre includes:
Silvio (Pagliacci, R. Leoncavallo);
Sharpless (Madama Butterfly, G. Puccini);
A Mandarin (Turandot, G. Puccini);
2nd sailor (The Tale of Tsar Saltan, N. Rimsky-Korsakov).

Repertoire also includes:
Lord Henry Ashton (Lucia di Lammermoor, G. Donizetti);
Marcello (La Bohème, G. Puccini);
Figaro (Il Barbiere di Siviglia, G. Rossini);
Valentin (Faust, Ch. Gounod);
Escamillo (La tragedie de Carmen, G. Bizet);
Giorgio Germont (La traviata, G. Verdi);
Conte di Luna (Il trovatore, G. Verdi)
Papageno (Die Zauberflöte, W.-A. Mozart);
Vidal (Luisa Fernanda, F. Moreno Torroba);
Joaquín (La del Manojo de Rosas, P. Sorozábal);
Esteban (La Malquerida, M. Penella).

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