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KU voice/opera professor to debut at Carnegie Hall

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

LAWRENCE-Genaro Méndez, lyric tenor and associate professor of voice/opera at the University of Kansas, will make his Carnegie Hall debut on Friday, November 4, 2011, at 8pm, performing in an evening of opera shorts with the Remarkable Theater Brigade company.

Méndez will perform the roles of Ricky in Jake Heggie’s Again; the role of Billy in Marie Incontrera’s Little Orphan Annie; The Peasant in William Bolcolm’s Barnyard Boogaloo; and an ensemble member in Patrick Soluri’s The Tragedy of Count Alfredo von Nibelungen. He will also appear as an ensemble member in Tom Cipullo's Husbands.

Genaro Méndez has a versatile and wide-ranging performance career that includes opera, theater, concert works, and solo recitals. His operatic roles have spanned Nadir in Les pêcheurs de perle, Tibalt in Romeo and Juliet, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Ramiro in Rossini’s Cenerentola (Cinderella), Alfredo in La Traviata, and Ferrando in Cosí fan tutte, with companies that include Wichita Grand Opera, Heartland Opera Theatre, Springfield Regional Opera, Nevada Opera, Eugene Opera, and Colorado Opera Troupe.

As an oratorio and chamber music soloist, he has been featured with Voices of Omaha, Martha’s Vineyard Music Festival, Reno Chamber Orchestra, and the Reno Philharmonic. As a musical director and conductor, Genaro has collaborated with the KU University Theater in The Fantasticks and Sondheim’s A Little Night Music.

Also accomplished “behind the scenes,” Méndez has served as the Founding and Artistic Director of the Festival Internacional de la Música Española y Latinoamericana (FIMEL) in 2009 and 2010. The musical festival provided the opportunity for seasoned professionals and new emerging artists from around the world to collaborate and expand their knowledge of vocal music in Spanish, culminating in concerts in Lawrence, Kansas City, Topeka, and the surrounding area.

At the University of Kansas, Méndez is a dedicated teacher of vocal technique, diction, and repertoire. The students from his studio have enjoyed numerous accolades, including placing in regional and national voice competitions, as well as apprenticeships and main stage roles with opera companies across the country.

For more information, contact the KU School of Music at 785-864-3436. MUSIC.KU.EDU


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