Luiz-Ottavio Faria, made his operatic debut in the title role of Tom, in Un Ballo in Maschera with the legendary tenor Carlo Bergonzi, Fernando Teixeira, and Stefka
Evstatieva at Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro and the Theatro Municipal de Sao Paulo, directed by Maestro Isaac Karabtchevsky. Since his auspicious debut,
the distinguished basso's career in concert and opera performances has take him around the globe, especially in Europe, USA, Canada, Mexico, and Brazil.
Following his studies at The Juilliard School of Music, he won several important national and international singing competition and musical Foundation awards,
such as the 23rd national Carmen Gomes Competition (1988), prize Bass Guilherme Damiano, The Juilliard School Scholarship (1989), William Randolph Hearst
Foundation, Die Meistersinger, (Aims), Austria (1994), Opera Index, YWCA Vocal Competition and The Great Buffalo Opera Competition (1995), The New Jersey
State Opera Vocal Singing Competition, Lola Hayes Vocal Competition (1996). He is also the recipient of the (1997) The William Matthews Sullivan Foundation.
Mr. Faria recently made a triumphant debut and a critically acclaimed performance in the title role of Banquo in Macbeth at the Teatro Alla Scala di Milano and
Marcel in Meyerbeer's Les Huguenots, at the Carnegie Hall with the Opera Orchestra of New York, where he first attracted the international attention and was
admired equally for his real and majestic bass voice and for his acting ability.
Mr. Faria's repertoire extends from Seneca in (L' Incoronazione di Poppea), to the high priest of the hebrews, Zaccaria in Verdi's (Nabucco). His already vast
operatic portrayals of more than 30 roles includes Ramfis and King, (Aida), Sparafucile, (Rigoletto), Alvise, (La Gioconda) Tom, (Un Balle in Maschera), Banco,
(Macbeth), Ferrando, (Il Trovatore), Sarastro (The Magic Flute), and Colline in (La Boheme), among others.
Highlights of recent and past seasons include (Zaccaria), in Nabucco with the Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova, under the baton of Mo. Daniel Oren, (Ferrando), in Il
Trovatore, with the Teatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, Mo. Silvio Viegas, returning to the Teatro Massimo di Palermo for (Ramfis) in Aida, Mo. Srboljub Dinic and
staged by Franco Ripa di Meana, (Timur) with the Teatro Arena di Verona, directed by Mo. Giuliano Carella and staged by Franco Zeffireli, (Il Grande Inquisitor), in
Don Carlo with the ABAO-OLBE de Bilbao, under the baton of Maestro Riccardo Frizza and staged by Giancarlo del Monaco. He returned to the Liric Opera of
Kansas City, for the role of (Oroveso) in Norma with Maestro Ward Holmquist. He returns to Palm Beach Opera at the Kravis Center for the Performing arts for
(Oroveso) in Norma conducted by Maestro Bruno Aprea, Rigoletto, with the Teatro Real de Madrid under the baton of Maestro Roberto Abbado, (Timur) in
Turandot with the Festival de Opera La Coruna with Maestro Miguel Gomez Martinez and staged by Alex Aguilera and Chen Kaige and (Fiesco) in Simon
Boccanegra, with the Teatro Massimo di Palermo, Italy under the baton of Maestro Philippe Auguin and staged by Maestro Giorgio Gallione.
One of America’s leading basses, Luiz-Ottavio Faria has appeared with the world’s major operatic and symphonic organizations. He has performed with such
renowned companies as the Teatro Alla Scala di Milano, Opera Grand Rapids, Kansas City Opera, Teatro Carlo Felice, New Orleans Opera, Palm Beach Opera,
Seattle Opera, Opera Carolina, Theatro Municipal de Sao Paulo, Teatro Amazonas, Knoxville Opera, Opera Orchestra of New York, Theatro Municipal do Rio de
Janeiro, New Jersey State Opera, Theater des Westens, Musikverein of Vienna, The Caramoor Festival, Connecticut Concert Opera, Opera de Quebec, Opera de
Montreal, Delacorte Theater of New York City, Teatro Bellas Artes, Teatro Massimo di Palermo. He has been heard in concert repertoire with such leading
orchestras as the Orquestra Sinfonica del Estado de Mexico, Orquestra Filarmonica de Gran Canaria, Spain, Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec and the
Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Costa Rica, among many others.
Mr. Faria has been acclaimed for his concert performances as well. He has sung the Verdi's Requiem, Albinoni's Magnificat, Rossini's Stabat Mater and Mass in
Eb Major, Bach's Magnicat Saint Matthews Passion, Edward Elgar's the Kingdom, also Mozart's Requiem, and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. He received his
musical training at the Villa Lobos School of Music, (Rio de Janeiro), The University of Rio de Janeiro, American Institute of Music Studies, Austria and The
Juilliard School of Music, New York.
Notable and distinguished conductors and stage directors with whom Luiz-Ottavio Faria has collaborated with include:
Franco Zeffirelli, Riccardo Frizza, Jose Maria Florencio, Giancarlo del Monaco, Giuliano Carella, Robert Lyall, Kristine Mcintyre, Roberto Abbado, Isaac
Karabtchevsky, Mauricio Garcia Lozano, Alfredo Silipigni, Roberto Minckzuc, Saverio Marconi, Will Cruchtfield, Marco Lacomelli, Enrique Batiz, Franco Ripa di
Meana, Silvio Barbato, Mark Gibson, Bia Lessa, Yoav Talmi, Henrique Passini, Neil Veron, Pier Francesco Maestrini, Mark Flint, Grahan Vick, Eve Queler, Lorenza
Cantini, Ligia Amadio, Andrei Serban, Francis Graffeo, Thaddeus Strassberger, Ira Levin, Roberto Oswald, Gregory Ortega, Alejandro Chacon, Roberto Duarte,
Andrew Morton, Bernard Labadie, Stephanie Sundine, James Meena, Naum Alves de Souza, Kyle Swann, Sergio Brito, Kevin Stites, Ira Siff, Francois Clemmons,
Gabriel Villela, Kamal Khan, Carroll Freeman, Luiz Fernando Malheiro, Mark Verzatt, Ward Holmquist, Franco Gentilesca, Bruno Aprea, Jerome Shannon, Jung-Ho
Pak, Jamil Maluf, Eugene Kohn, Chen Kaige, Renato Palumbo, Kazushi Ono, Peter Keuschig, Daniel Oren, Srboljub Dinic, Maurizio Benini, Silvio Viegas, Kazushi
Ono, Allex Aguilera, Giorgio Gallione, among others.
Future highlights engagements for Luiz-Ottavio Faria for the 2011-2012 season include:
The Greek Passion, (Priest Fotis) opera by Maestro Bohuslav Martinu, at the Teatro Massimo di Palermo, conducted by Maestro Asher Fisch and staged by
Damiano Michieletto, Rigoletto, (Sparafucile) at the Teatro Filarmonico di Verona, under the baton of Maestro Andrea Battistoni, Mozart’s Requiem at Teatro
Massimo di Palermo, also under the baton of Maestro Asher Fish and the Verdi’s Requiem, directed by Maestro Giuliano Carella with the Masada Dead Sea and
Jerusalem Opera Festival, Nabucco, (Zaccaria) with the Greek National Opera of Athens, at Herodes Atticus Odeon, conducted by Maestro Elias Voudouris and
staged by Mr. Vasilis Nikolaides, Anna Bolena, (Henry VIII) with Teatro Verdi di Trieste and Don Carlo, (Il Grande Inquisitore), Oviedo, Spain.
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