GASPAR COLON – bass baritone
The Venezuelan-American Baritone made his US debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in April 2010 under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel and will join the Lyric Opera of Chicago in January 2012 covering the role of Amonasro in Verdi’s Aida.
Gaspar Colon began his musical education with his grandfather, composer Moises Moleiro, and his mother, the renowned pianist Carmencita Moleiro. Graduated as a Clarinetist and Opera Singer from "Pedro Nolasco Colon" Conservatory in Caracas Mr. Colon continued advanced Operatic training with the Italian maestro Elio Malfatti.
In 2005, Mr. Colon was presented with the award for "The Best Voice" and "The Best Performance of an Aria" in the VII "Alfredo Hollander" National Opera Competition. In addition he was selected to participate in master classes with Mirella Freni and Katia Ricciarelli. He also has performed and developed his successful career in Latin America, Europe and Venezuela.
Among his credits, Gaspar Colon has performed the roles of Enrico (Lucia di Lammermoor, G. Donizetti), Rigoletto (Rigoletto, G. Verdi), Germont (La Traviata, G. Verdi), Alfio (Cavallerla Rusticana, P. Mascagni), Marcello (La Boheme, G. Puccini), Admiral Colon (Los Martirios de Colon, F. Ruiz), Tonio (Pagliacci, R. Leoncavallo), Gianni Schicchi (Gianni Schicchi, G.Puccini) and Scarpia (Tasca, Puccini). As a soloist baritone his most acclaimed presentations are Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, Faure's Requiem, William Walton's Belshazzar's Feast, la Cantata Criolla of Estevez; and numerous festivals and recitals in which, besides performing the traditional opera repertoire, he also introduces Venezuelan and Latin American repertory.
Gaspar Colon has performed with the Simon Bolívar Youth Orchestra, Venezuelan Symphonic and Philharmonic Orchestras, Caracas Municipal Orchestra among many others; under well known conductors such as Gustavo Dudamel, Rodolfo Saglimbeni, Dante Ranieri, Alfredo Rugeles, Felipe Izacaray, Angelo Pagliucca and others; in various international theaters including Sinopoli Hall of Parco Della Musica (Rome, Italy), Teatro degli Arcimboldi (Milan, Italy), Maschio Angioino (Naples, Italy) and Megaron Concert Hall (Athens, Greece), MedellIn Municipal Theater (Colombia), Hall Federico GarcIa Lorca (La Habana, Cuba), Bolivar Theatre (Quito, Ecuador) and the most important theaters in Venezuela such as Teresa Carreno Theater and Cultural Complex.