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Eric Botto - Gennaro

Mexican-American tenor Eric Botto is best known for his vocal and dramatic versatility onstage. He has triumphed in roles such as Rodolfo in La bohème, Alfredo in La traviata, Roméo in Roméo et Juliette, Nadir in Les pêcheurs de perles, and Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi. 2023 will mark multiple debuts for Eric, as he is slated to perform Satyavān in Sāvitri and Toby in The Medium with First Coast Opera, Benvolio in Roméo et Juliette with Opera San Antonio, and cover the role of Prunier and perform the role of Gobin in La rondine with Opera on the James.

Eric experienced two summers as a young artist with Chautauqua Opera which included role debuts as Spoletta in Tosca, Andrew Johnson and the cover of John Adams in The Mother of Us All, iconic scenes from She Loves Me and West Side Story, and participation in a masterclass with world-renowned mezzo-soprano Susan Graham. In the summer of 2020, Eric was privileged to appear as a featured soloist in the world premiere of In Our Silence, an a capella song cycle composed by Frances Pollock and text by Jerre Dye which focused on each of Chautauqua Opera’s young artists and their experiences during their respective COVID-19 isolation.

Eric has received accolades from various competitions in recent years, including 1st place in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (West Central Region), 2nd place in Lyra New York’s International Vocal Competition, the Career Advancement Award from Pikes Peak Opera League, and was deemed a finalist in the nationally recognized 2022 Lotte Lenya Competition, hosted by the Kurt Weill Foundation. Eric holds degrees from Colorado State University and the University of Mobile in Mobile, Alabama. In May of 2023, Eric will receive his Artist Diploma from the University of Colorado, where he currently studies with dramatic baritone and vocal pedagogue, Dr. John Seesholtz.

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