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Profile: Ulises Solano


Lyric Tenor

Born in Costa Rica, Ulises Solano, lyric tenor is one of the most versatile musical artists of our time. His singing has been described as ardent, passionate, a clear clarion tenor coupled with an array of color and poignancy. Equally comfortable in traditional and modern musical idioms, Ulises has sung a wide range of repertory in many different languages. His singing career has taken him to Venezuela, most of Central America, Hungary, Austria, the Philippines and many cities in the United States. Opera roles include Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly; the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto; Der Narr in Wozzeck; Leon in Il signor Deluso; Ernesto in Don Pasquale; Hoffmann in Les contes de Hoffmann; Lun-Tha in The King and I; the Duende in Piazzolla's Maria de Buenos Aires; and Haimon, in both the world premiere in Chicago and the New York premiere, of John Eaton's Antigone. Most recently he sang the role of Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos at the Brevard Music Festival under David Efron. Most recently Ulises was guest performer for the Indiana University premier of Ainadamar, Fountain of Tears by Osvaldo Golijov under the direction of Carmen Tellez. Ulises started his singing training and performing at the age of nine years old at the Conservatory of Castella in Costa Rica with maestro Danilo Chavez. He later studied at Universidad Nacional working with soprano Amelia Barquero. Ulises moved to the United States, to sing and study at California State University with Gwen Curatilo and William Ramsey. He earned Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Vocal Performance from Indiana University while working with Giorgio Tozzi, James McDonald, and Paul Kiesgen. He has since worked with Virginia Zeani and Alice Hopper. He has established a private voice studio, teaches music in two schoold in the Bronx, NY; while continuing to pursue creative research along with international singing activities. Mr. Solano is also a poet, arranger, educator and conductor.