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Jorge Garza, Tenor

Born in Monterrey, Mexico, tenor Jorge Javier Garza-Villegas began his musical studies with the Houston Boys Choir. At age 12 he sang the treble solos in George Crumb's Ancient Voices of Children. His first operatic role soon followed as Amahl in Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors.  He earned his undergraduate degree in Vocal Performance from The Juilliard School, and at 21 was admitted on full scholarship to Manhattan School of Music's Graduate Vocal Program. From there he went on to participate in the country's most prestigious apprentice programs including  Santa Fe Opera, Los Angeles Opera Young Artist Residency Program, Wolf Trap Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, and San Francisco Opera's Merola Program.

His professional debuts were in the role of Don Polidoro in Mozart's La Finta Semplice, with the Potsdamer Musikfestspiele at castle Sanssouci in Potsdam, Germany, in France with the Orchestra National de Lyon as Tenor soloist in Cherubini's Missa Solemnis, and with Opera de Monte Carlo as Sir Hervey in Bellini's Anna Bolena. His debuts in leading roles were with New Jersey Opera as Count Almaviva, West Bay Opera as Tamino, Festival Opera as Lysander in Midsummer Night's Dream, Gotham Chamber Opera as Florville in Rossini's Il Signior Bruschino, the Caramoor Festival understudying Carlo in Donizetti's Linda di Chamounix , and in the title role in Lowell Liebermann's The Picture of Dorian Gray at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia with Center City Opera Theater.

In 2008 Mr. Garza began a two-year Fest-position with Theater für Niedersachsen in Hildesheim, Germany. There he debuted the role of Belmonte in Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Don Narcisco in Rossini's Il Turco in Italia, Fenton in Nicolai's Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor, Alfred in Die Fledermaus, and garnered critical acclaim for his portrayal of Tom Rakewell in Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress. The 2010/2011 season included Guest-engagements with Theater Krefeld, Theater für Niedersachsen as Marquis de Chateauneuf in Lortzing's Zar und Zimmermann, more Alfreds in Fledermaus, and most notably his Vienna Stage debut in Christoph Schlingensief's much acclaimed autobiographical production of Mea Culpa at the Burgtheater.

Mr. Garza returned to the U.S. to debut with Opera Saratoga singing Ferrando in Cosi fan Tutte. The 2011-2012 season included the title role in the east coast premiere of Daniel Catan's Il Postino at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, as well as his Prague National Opera Debut as Tom Rakewell. He looks forward to his upcoming assignments with Cairo Symphony Orchestra as Sir Percy in Donizetti's Anna Bolena, as well as his Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall debuts in New York City.