Ramon Vargas

Ramon Vargas is one of the most celebrated artists of our day and has been praised internationally for his appearances in all the world's leading theaters such as the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera, Teatro alla Scala, the Bastille in Paris, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Bavarian State Opera in Munich, Teatro San Carlo, Naples, Zurich Opera, Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Teatro Comunale, Bologna, and many others.

Born in Mexico City, Ramon Vargas made his professional debut there in Puccini's Il Tabarro followed by appearances as Fenton in Falstaff, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni and as Tom Rakewell in The Rake's Progress. He completed his professional training at the Vienna State Opera Studio and after winning the Enrico Caruso Competition in Italy, the first of many such awards he has been presented with, Vargas joined the Lucerne Opera. He made his debut there as Nerone in L’Incoronazione di Poppea and also in roles such as Tamino in Die Zauberfloete, and Elvino in La Sonnambula, and the title role in Werther. His important international debuts quickly followed with Vargas bowing at the Vienna State Opera in Die Zauberflote, Maria Stuarda and Falstaff, the latter under Seiji Ozawa, at the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma as Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, at the Zurich Opera in Fra Diavolo and at the Teatro Comunale in Bologna in Mose in Egitto. He appeared in Marseilles in Lucia di Lammermoor and was first heard at the Opera National de Paris in Rossini's Stabat Mater under Myung-Whun Chung.

Among his most acclaimed portrayals are Riccardo in Un Ballo in Maschera, Manrico in Il Trovatore, the title role in Don Carlos, the Duke in Rigoletto, Alfredo in La Traviata, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Nemorino in L’Elisir D’Amore, Rodolfo in La Boheme, Romeo in Romeo et Juliette, and Lensky in Eugene Onegin. The artist’s most recent additions to his repertoire are Rodolfo in Verdi’s Luisa Miller, which he sang for the first time in a new production of the work in Munich in 2007 and the title role in Mozart’s Idomeneo, first at the Salzburg Festival and in Paris; as well as Chevalier Des Grieux in Manon, Gabriele Adorno in Simon Boccanegra, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni at the Metropolitan Opera, Hoffmann in Les Contes d’Hoffmann at Teatro alla Scala.

Mr. Vargas also appears frequently all over the world in concert and recital. In the summer of 2008 he starred Gala concert in Beijing opposite Renee Fleming as well as in two other concerts celebrating the Olympic Games.

In the current 2015/2016 season Mr. Vargas can be seen in the title role of Don Carlo at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires and the Vienna State Opera, as Rodolfo in La Boheme at Teatro alla Scala, and as Chevalier des Grieux in Manon at Vienna State Opera, where he has been honored with the title of Kammersänger.

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