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Lauded for his "big, heroic voice" (LA Weekly) and "powerful emotions," tenor Dane Suarez is in high demand across the country. A 2014 National Semi-Finalist of The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Mr. Suarez made his John F. Kennedy Center debut in 2015 with Washington National Opera as Ely Parker in Philip Glass's Appomattox. Other notable engagements include Mr. Suarez's New York City Opera debut in his "completely winning" performance as Joe in La fanciulla del West and his highly successful stint as resident tenor with Opera San José where he debuted the roles of Alfredo in La traviata, Ruggero in La rondine, and Erik in Wagner's early masterpiece Der fliegende Holländer. Subsequently, Mr. Suarez was reengaged by Opera San José to portray such iconic tenor leads as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Greenhorn in Jake Heggie's Moby-Dick, and the tortured Canio in Leoncavallo's Pagliacci. Recent engagements include a reprisal of his "powerful" Erik with Baltimore Concert Opera, a reprisal of Rodolfo alongside wife Kerriann Otaño’s Mimì with Pacific Opera Project, role and company debuts as Fenton in Falstaff with West Bay Opera, a return to Opera NEO in a role debut of Lensky; hailed by critics as "a vocal tour de force of surpassing splendor", and Mr. Suarez's return to West Bay Opera in his role debut as Macduff in Macbeth. Upcoming engagements (now postponed due to COVID-19) included returning to Fort Worth Opera as Rodolfo in La bohème, reprising the role of Don José in Carmen with Festival Opera, returning to Opera NEO in his debut as the titular character in Gounod's Faust, and singing First Man in Armour in Die Zauberflöte (now being produced virtually.) Mr. Suarez is also set to debut the role of Manrico in Il trovatore in his return to Opera in the Heights this fall. This season, Mr. Suarez made appearances as a featured artist in concerts with The Loren L. Zachary Society, Maryland Opera, Festival Opera, Apollo Arts, and Il Cenacolo Club of San Francisco.
In addition to joining Opera San José in 2017, Mr. Suarez lent his "rich, warm tenor" to Pacific Opera Project's remount of La bohème AKA: "The Hipsters" as Rodolfo, where the Act I duet was described as "a transfixing moment of sublime beauty." Summer 2019 saw Mr. Suarez's debut in the title role of Mozart's Idomeneo with Opera NEO and his return to Pacific Opera Project as Don José presented in the iconic Ford Amphitheatre. The 2016-2017 season was highlighted by returns to Opera in the Heights as Rodolfo, to Opera Memphis for 30 Days of Opera, to Sarasota Opera as Flaminio in Montemezzi's L'amore dei tre re and a cover of Pinkerton where he was subsequently awarded the Mandelker Award for Outstanding Studio Artist, and a return to Fort Worth Opera for their 2017 Frontiers Showcase. Recital work in 2016 included performances with Permian Basin Opera, Annapolis Opera, and Lyric Opera Baltimore (now Maryland Opera.) Additionally, Mr. Suarez was pictured on the front page of The Arts section of The New York Times and lauded for his "beautiful, soaring, and moving" performance as Cavaradossi in LoftOpera's production of Tosca that "brought down the house."
Other past credits include Opera Memphis as Don José in La tragédie de Carmen and Beppe in Pagliacci; his role debut as Rodolfo with Crested Butte Music Festival; his role and house debut as Il Duca in Rigoletto at Opera in the Heights; his Fort Worth Opera debut as Marcellus in Thomas's Hamlet; and Pedrillo in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Mr. Splinters in The Tender Land, and covering Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor all with Opera North. A career highlight for Mr. Suarez was performing the Coronation Scene from Boris Godunov at Aspen Music Festival as Shuisky alongside the inimitable Eric Owens in 2014.
Mr. Suarez's training includes residencies at Opera Memphis, Sarasota Opera, Castleton Festival under the baton of the late Maestro Lorin Maazel, Sugar Creek Opera (formerly Sugar Creek Symphony and Song), La Musica Lirica, and Illinois Opera Theatre where Mr. Suarez created the role of Ramdas for the world premiere of Stephen Taylor's Paradises Lost.
In addition to his recent success in The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Mr. Suarez has been recognized and awarded by multiple organizations including The Loren L. Zachary Society for the Performing Arts, the Giulio Gari International Vocal Competition, Opera Birmingham Vocal Competition, Sarasota Opera, Brava! Opera Theater Vocal Competition, The Mary Jacobs Smith Singer of the Year Competition, the Beethoven Club of Memphis, the Bel Canto Foundation, and Sigma Nu Fraternity's International Talent of the Year award. Mr. Suarez holds a bachelor's degree in voice from Butler University and master's degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Mr. Suarez is represented by Justin Werner/Stratagem Artists Management, LLC. For full press kit materials and booking inquiries, please be in touch here. Other publicity materials can be downloaded as PDFs via the links below.