Described as a “storyteller with a compelling presence” (Pittsburgh Tribune) whose “direct and clearer tenor voice is the perfect vehicle for the ‘leading romantic man’ persona” (DC Metro Arts), tenor Carlos Feliciano has been praised for his performances both in opera and on the concert stage.
In the 2018-2019 season, Mr. Feliciano returned to Western Plains Opera to perform the role of Count Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia. He was the tenor soloist in Ariel Ramirez’s Misa Criolla, a work he performs regularly, in a benefit concert for the Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos organization, and appeared in concerts with the New York Opera Society and the Tucson Desert Chorale.
The 2017-2018 season included a company debut as Pluto in Orpheus in the Underworld with the Western Plains Opera, understudy of the title role in Faust for St. Petersburg Opera, the role of Ferrando in Cosí fan tutte, a performance of Misa Criolla as the tenor soloist with the State College Choral Society and the Mass in C minor by Mozart, also as the tenor, with the Tucson Desert Chorale.
In 2016, the tenor was featured as a soloist during the televised Canonization Mass for Junipero Serra, officiated by Pope Francis at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. A proponent of new music, the tenor was heard in New York Opera Society’s Supersize Girl and Max und Moritz, both children’s operas by Norwegian composer Gisle Kvendokk, as well as understudy the main tenor role in the world premiere of El Pasado Nunca se Termina, which toured at Lyric Opera of Chicago and San Diego Opera. As a former Pittsburgh Opera alumnus, he performed as the Messagiero in Aida and Philistine Messenger in Samson et Dalila.
Equally comfortable on the concert stage, Mr. Feliciano performed as a soloist with Lyric Opera of Chicago in Canciones y arias; a cantar con toda el alma, with the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra as a soloist for Handel’s Messiah and Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang, Sym. No. 2, and in Bach’s St. John’s Passion with the State College Choral Society.
He has received numerous grants and awards, including from the Pittsburgh Concert Society, Sprout Fund, and the Pittsburgh Arts Council for his work in Latin American classical and folk music. Mr. Feliciano was the first place recipient at the Five Towns Music and Arts Foundation Vocal Competition, and the fifth place recipient in the Southwest Vocal Competition presented by Phoenix Opera.
Mr. Feliciano received his Bachelor's degree from The Manhattan School of Music, his Master’s at Penn State University and is an alumnus of The Juilliard School. He is pursuing his Doctorate's in Musical Arts Degree from the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at the Arizona State University.