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David Lomelí recently made his New York debut to tremendous critical acclaim as Nemorino in New York City Opera’s staging of Jonathan Miller’s production of The Elixir of Love. Zachary Woolfe of The New York Times called it a “terrific debut” and went on to say that Lomeli “certainly deserved all the applause and bravos.” During this season, Lomelí has debut performances with Deutsche Oper Berlin (Alfredo in Verdi’s La Traviata), Pittsburgh Opera (Edgardo in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor), Opéra de Lille (MacDuff in Verdi’s Macbeth, and The Santa Fe Opera (Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Bohème). Next season Lomelí broadens his list of important debuts to include those with the Canadian Opera Company (The Duke in Verdi’s Rigoletto), Houston Grand Opera (Alfredo in Verdi’s La Traviata), and The Glyndebourne Festival (Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Bohème). Over the next few seasons, Lomelí will sing at San Francisco Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Oper Frankfurt, Oper Köln, and Deutsche Opera Berlin, among others.

“The real reason to catch this revival is David Lomelí, a young Mexican tenor making the first of what I hope will be many New York appearances…he has a lovely halo of peach fuzz around his tone, a tender, natural way with a phrase, and a seductive high pianissimo.”

by Justin Davidson, New York Magazine

In 2006, the Mexican tenor won first place in Plácido Domingo’s prestigious Operalia competition – the first artist ever to win top prize in both the opera and zarzuela categories. Since then, the rich-voiced young Mexican tenor has built a growing reputation in opera houses and concert halls across North America and Europe. Among Lomelí’s most important concert engagements were performances of Verdi’s Requiem with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Berlin Philharmonic under the batons of Maestros Dudamel and Janssons. He has also sung in concert with the Oslo Philharmonic, Prague Philharmonic, Hamburg Symphony and the Munich Radio Orchestra. As an operatic performer, he starred as Rodolfo at Theater Basel in Switzerland, played Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni with Michigan Opera Theater, and the title role in Gounod’s Faust at Madison Opera, Alfredo in La Traviata, Harry in La Fanciulla del West, and Rinuccio in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi with San Francisco Opera, and with the Los Angeles Opera as Rodolfo in La Bohème and Javier in Federico Moreno Torroba’s zarzuela Luisa Fernanda.

Plácido Domingo, a mentor to the young singer, first tapped Lomelí for the Los Angeles Opera Thornton Young Artist program after hearing him sing Che gelida manina from Bohème at a special audition. He is a graduate of both the San Francisco Opera Adler Fellowship and Merola Opera Program.

“The breakout star of the company’s revival of The Elixir of Love is the tenor David Lomelí, who swept Placido Domingo’s Operalia competition five years ago and here delivers an endearing performance as a shy, clumsy Nemorino with a honeyed sound and a penchant for diminuendos.”

The New Yorker

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