From: Orlando, Florida. LA Opera: Policeman in Wonderful Town (2016); Slave/Fourth Jew in Salome (2017). He is an alumnus of the Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program.

A winner of the 2018 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, tenor Carlos Enrique Santelli is a recent graduate of LA Opera’s Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program, where he covered Nadir in The Pearl Fishers.

In 2018, Mr. Santelli made his Dayton Opera debut as Count Almaviva in The Barber of Seville. In 2019, he performed the role of Nemorino in L'elisir d'amore with Virginia Opera. On the concert stage, he sang the tenor solo in Mendelssohn’s Die erste Walpurgisnacht with the Sacramento Choral Society and Handel's Messiah with the Boise Philharmonic. In April 2021, he makes his debut with San Diego Opera where he will reprise Almaviva.

Recent projects with LA Opera include performances in Salome, conducted by James Conlon, and in Wonderful Town, conducted by Grant Gershon. Additionally, Mr. Santelli appeared as a guest soloist in a special gala celebrating the 10-year anniversary of LA Opera’s Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program. Further collaborations on the West Coast include numerous projects with LA Opera’s Artist-in-Residence Matthew Aucoin.

For two summers, Mr. Santelli was a member of Santa Fe Opera’s distinguished Apprentice Artist Program where he worked with such noted conductors as Harry Bicket, Emmanuel Villaume, and Corrado Rovaris. The summer of 2017 was a particularly notable season for Mr. Santelli as he made his principal role debut with the company as Arturo in a new production of Lucia di Lammermoor. His scene work there included Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore and Arnold in Guillaume Tell.

Carlos Enrique Santelli’s concert engagements have included appearances as the tenor soloist in Handel’s Messiah (with the Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra), Mozart’s Coronation Mass (with the Rochester Symphony Orchestra), and Mozart’s Requiem (with the University of Michigan/Yale Alumni Glee Club).

Mr. Santelli received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and his Master of Music from the University of Michigan. It was at the latter institution that he had the distinction of holding a Jessye Norman Graduate Fellowship.

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