Rodrigo Porras Garulo

Tenor

Rodrigo Porras Garulo future projects include his debut at  the Royal Danish Opera Copenhagen as Pinkerton in MADAMA BUTTERFLY under the baton of  Paolo Carignani as well as his return to State Opera Prague as Cavaradossi and his debut at Glyndebourne Festival in THE WRECKERS by Ethel Smythe.

He has been nominated Singer of the Year 2020 by the OPERNWELT magazine for his interpretation as Calaf in TURANDOT at Staatstheater Karlsruhe. During the current season the singer is soloist member at Staatstheater Hannover, where he performs among others Don Jose in the CARMEN  new production by Barbara Horáková, as well as Cavaradossi in TOSCA and Tristan in LE VIN HERBÉ. In the  Season 2019/20 Rodrigo Porras made his  house debut at Teatro Alla Scala co-starring with Leo Nucci as Duca in RIGOLETTO. Further highlights of the season included his debut as Calaf in TURANDOT and Max in DER FREISCHÜTZ at Staatstheater Karlsruhe, Cavaradossi at Staatstheater Wiesbaden, Pinkerton at the Latvian National Opera and the Opening concert of the Ljubljana Festival with Beethoven´s 9th Symphony under the baton of Charles Dutoit.

He has been ensemble member at the State Theater Karlsruhe, where he performed the  role in Floris Visser’s new production of THE TALES OF HOFFMANN. Projects in the 19/20 season included his house debuts at the State Opera Hannover and the State Opera Prague in the role of Cavaradossi in TOSCA, as well as his debuts in Karlsruhe as Max in DER FREISCHÜTZ and Calaf in TURANDOT. Highlights during 2018/19 included his debut in the roles of Rodolfo in LUISA MILLER at Oper Wuppertal conducted by Julia Jones and directed by Barbora Horáková Joly and Pinkerton in MADAME BUTTERFLY for the re-inauguration of the Theatre Nebia in Bienne, Switzerland, as well as the Karlsruhe Opera Gala of TOSCA as Cavaradossi co-staring with Martina Serafin and Lucio Gallo.

Born in Mexico City, Rodrigo Porras Garulo studied voice at the University Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, with KS Helene Schneiderman and attended private lessons with professor Antonio Carangelo. He completed his studies with Barbara Bonney, Josef Protschka, Markus Eiche, Enza Ferrari, Jean-Pierre Fabre, Maris Suja, Eike Grams, et al. From 2010 to 2015 he was a company member of the South Thuringen State Opera, with assignments such as Alfredo in LA TRAVIATA, Duca in RIGOLETTO, Rinuccio in GIANNI SCHICCHI, Tamino in THE MAGIC FLUTE, Claudio in Wagner’s early opera THE LOVE BAN, Jacopo Foscari in Verdi’s THE TWO FOSCARI, and many leading tenor parts in German operas and operettas. At the State Theater Karlsruhe Mr. Porras Garulo has already appeared as Don José in CARMEN, as Cavaradossi in TOSCA and as Maurizio in ADRIANA LECOUVREUR, as Alfredo in LA TRAVIATA and as Gabriele Adorno in SIMON BOCCANEGRA.

In the past Mr. Porras Garulo’s assignments included Cavaradossi in the open air production of TOSCA at the Schwerin Palace Festival, Turiddu in CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA in the first See Festival in Sochi Russia, Duca at Opéra de Tours, Don José in an open air production from the Theater Koblenz at the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, the main part in THE TALES OF HOFFMANN at the State Theater Schwerin, at the Opera Leipzig the title role in Nino Rota’s ALADIN, Guidon in THE TALE OF TSAR SALTAN and the leading part in Lehár’s ZAREWITSCH with the State Operetta Dresden, as well as Walter von der Vogelweide in TANNHÄUSER with Meininger Hofkapelle in the Great Hall of the Wartburg Castle and in Stravinsky’s PULCINELLA with Stuttgarter Philharmoniker in Beethoven-Saal Stuttgart under the baton of Dan Ettinger.

In 2012 he was invited to perform in the opening Gala of the new Astana State Theatre. The invitation came thanks to his critically acclaimed creation of the role of Ajdár in the German premiere of the Kazakh opera ABAI from Schubanow and Hamidi and conducted by Alan Buribayev. Mr. Porras Garulo is a winner of the International Antonín Dvořák Singing Competition and scholarship holder of the Richard Wagner Association.

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Staatstheater Hannover

«Mit Rodrigo Porras Garulo steht ein Cavaradossi auf der Bühne, wie man ihn sich oft wünscht und selten erlebt. Sein jugendlich frischer, klangschöner Tenor hat volles, aber nicht baritonal klingendes Material. Mit wunderschön lyrischen Passagen kann er ebenso begeistern wie mit kraftvoll strahlenden Höhen.»
Online Musik Magazine Oktober 2019

LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN

Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe»Überzeugend Rodrigo Porras Garulo, der die gefürchtete Titelpartie mit stimmlichem Glanz und lyrischer Eleganz bewältigt […]»

Opernwelt 2019

«[…] Beispiel Hoffmann: Dieser Tenor durchlebt und durchsingt die fünf Akte – und er muss großes lyrisches Potenzial besitzen, gepaart mit den durchschlagenden Eigenschaften eines Spintotenors. Rodrigo Porras Garulo vereint sie in bemerkenswertem Ausmaß. Der gebürtige Mexikaner gefällt mit seinem warmen, gerade in der Grenzlage zwischen Brust und Kopfstimme (voix mixte) virtuos durchschlagenden, sehr wandlungsfähigen Tenor.»

Badische Zeitung 2019

«[…] Da war der Pinkerton von Rodrigo Porras Garulo aus anderem Holz geschnitzt. Der mexikanische Tenor, der nach Meiningen gegenwärtig fest in Karlsruhe engagiert ist, legt seine Partie athletisch an, ohne dass er je in Kraftmeierei verfiel. Das eher dunkle Timbre mit seiner biegsamen Legierung […], erwies sich als ideal, um das Rollenbild vokal zu unterstützen.»

Das Opernglas 2019

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