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Making his HGO debut with Turandot, tenor Carlos Enrique Santelli also will perform the role of Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet at HGO this season. He is a winner of the 2018 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and a graduate of LA Opera’s Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program, where he covered Nadir in The Pearl Fishers. In recent seasons, Santelli made his San Diego Opera debut as Almaviva in The Barber of Seville, performed at Dayton Opera as Ramiro in La Cenerentola, and sung his first performances of Tonio in La fille du regiment with Opera Orlando. 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. In 2017 he made his principal role debut with the company as Arturo in a new production of Lucia di Lammermoor. His work there included Nemorino in The Elixir of Love and Arnold in William Tell. 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), as well as a joint recital with his wife, mezzo-soprano Ashley Dixon. Santelli received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and his Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan, where he held a Jessye Norman Graduate Fellowship.

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