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Lauded for his "big, heroic voice" (LA Weekly) and "powerful emotions", tenor Dane Suarez has developed an exciting and varied career.
Last season, Dane made his Off-Broadway debut in Kate Tarker's world premiere play Montag at Soho Rep and joined OperaDelaware, The Carolina Philharmonic, Penn Square Opera, Heartbeat Opera, and Maryland Opera for concert and gala performances. He returned to New Jersey Festival Orchestra to sing Rinuccio (Gianni Schicchi), covered Apollo (Strauss's Daphne) with American Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, sang Luigi (Il tabarro) with On Site Opera, sang Turiddu (Cavalleria rusticana) with Lyric Opera of the North, and reprises Don José in Carmen with Festival Opera.
Dane's 2021-2022 season included a return to Opera Memphis starring as the tortured Canio in a new production of Pagliacci; his debut as Manrico (Il trovatore) and a jump-in as Lensky (Eugene Onegin) with Opera in the Heights; a reprisal of Scalia (Scalia/Ginsburg) with both Penn Square Opera and Opera in the Heights; company debuts as Rodolfo with Opera Birmingham and Newport Classical, and his role and company debuts as Pollione (Norma) with Festival Opera. He was seen in concert for a recital with wife Kerriann Otaño for Il Cenacolo Club of SF, a debut with New Jersey Festival Orchestra for The Three Holiday Tenors, a return to Maryland Opera for a livestreamed concert entitled Variant Valentine, and a return to his alma mater (Butler University) as guest tenor soloist for Verdi's Messa da Requiem.
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This season, Dane returns to Festival Opera to reprise Don José (Carmen), he reprises Il Duca (Rigoletto) in his mainstage debut with OperaDelaware and with Opera Baltimore, Scalia (Scalia/Ginsburg) with Anchorage Opera (debut), Don José (La tragédie de Carmen) in his return to Newport Classical, and Canio in his return to Opera Birmingham. He performs with Penn Square Opera as Don José, Cavradossi, and Turiddu in excerpts from Carmen, Tosca, and Cavalleria rusticana (Opera Couples Therapy), with Maryland Opera in excerpts as the title characters Werther and Faust (L'amour, Tourjours l'Amour), and he covers Calaf at OperaDelaware. He will also be heard in concert with The Phoenix Symphony as tenor soloist for both Holiday Pops and a Spanish performance of Handel's Messiah (Mesías).
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