From: Buenos Aires, Argentina. LA Opera: He was a member of the young artist program for the 2018/19 season.
In March 2022, he will perform with the Los Angeles Philharmonic as Jacquino in Fidelio, under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel.
Praised for his “powerful vocal presence” (NRC Netherlands) and “shimmering high notes” (Seen and Heard International), rising young Argentinian-Spaniard-American tenor Jose Simerilla Romero joined the studio of the Dutch National Opera in the 2020/21 season, for roles including Wagner/Nereo in Mefistofele, the Messenger in Aida, and Boy 1 in Trouble in Tahiti. He was also engaged for Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore on tour in a coproduction with both Opera Zuid and Nederlandse Reisopera and Alfredo in La Traviata with First Coast Opera.
In the 2019/20 season, he was engaged as an Apprentice Artist with Santa Fe Opera for their productions of The Barber of Seville, The Magic Flute, Tristan und Isolde, Rusalka, and the world premiere of Huang Ruo’s M. Butterfly as well as engaged to sing concerts with soprano Kristin Opolais with the Hungarian State Opera Orchestra and the Polska Filharmonia, and sang performances in “Land and Sea” with Tampa Bay Symphony.
While a member of the prestigious LA Opera Young Artist Program, Mr. Simerilla Romero performed in the world premiere of Frédéric Chaslin’s Monte Cristo. Other recent performances include Alfredo in La Traviata and B.F. Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, and Don Curzio in The Marriage of Figaro with Aspen Summer Music Festival, Rodolfo in La Bohéme with Vienna Summer Music Festival, the Duke in Rigoletto with Opera Naples, Dr. Blind in Die Fledermaus with Berlin Opera Academy, Albert in Albert Herring, Ottone in The Coronation of Poppea and Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor with Stetson University, Kaspar in Amahl and the Night Visitors with First Coast Opera, Danilo in The Merry Widow and Captain Tarnitz in The Student Prince with Orlando Light Opera, Tamino in The Magic Flute with Central Florida Vocal Arts, and Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus with Valencia College. On the concert stage, the tenor has performed Rossini’s Stabat Mater with the Vienna Summer Festival, Bach’s St. John Passion with Nactional ACDA, Handel’s Messiah with Stetson University , and Brahms’ Liebeslieder Walzer with Valencia College.
Mr. Simerilla Romero is an award winner from the Vienna International Music Competition and the Orpheus Vocal Competition, a finalist in the Rising Star International Competition with Vero Beach Opera, a first place winner at the Glory International Music Competition, and a winner in the Florida District of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. He has participated in Houston Grand Opera’s Young Artist Vocal Academy, the LA Opera Young Artist Program, the Carnegie Hall Weill Music Institute, and holds degrees from both Valencia College and Stetson University.
He has also performed as a soloist for choral associations including the Florida Music Education Association and American Choral Directors Association.
He received his musical education in vocal performance from Valencia College and Stetson University. He has competed in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the Deborah Voigt International Vocal Competition, NATS National Student Auditions, and the Greatest Composers International Music Competition.
Learn more at JoseSimerillaRomeo.com.