La Boheme, Santa Fe Opera

“Making his company debut, the young Mexican singer showed that he is the real thing — a lyric tenor with a rich, vibrant voice, ample squillo and that idiomatic ping on top. Lomeli’s golden-voiced, lovingly phrased Che gelida manina nearly stopped the show and his singing throughout was both balm to the ears and dramatically involved. A superb actor, Lomeli brought a natural quality to the comedy as well as the tragedy, with a jarring, heart-breaking intensity to the final scene.”

Lawrence A. Johnson, The Classical Review

“…the vocal discovery of the season.  As heard last night, under a menacing, dark-clouded, and lightning-streaked sky, the cast was, with a few exceptions, excellent. David Lomelí’s Rodolfo made the biggest splash, in his Santa Fe debut: a winner of the 2006 Operalia Competition, the Mexican tenor sang with heroic poise, with seemingly boundless energy and control, and is definitely a singer to watch.”
Charles Downey, The Washington Post 

“Fast-rising Mexican tenor David Lomeli made his Santa Fe debut with this Bohème and showed why major houses in the world want him on their stages.  Lomeli’s powerful voice is graced with brilliant squillo without any burdensome heft to restrict him as he navigates his upper range. He sang “Che gelida manina” with expert legato and precise diction, and drowned out even the ringing voice of Ana María Martínez during “O soave fanciulla.”  He’s not a bad actor, either.  The chemistry between him and Martínez during Act I lit up the house.  From both vocal and dramatic perspectives, you would have a difficult time today finding a tenor more suited to Rodolfo than David Lomeli.”
Paul Wooly,


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