Tenor CARLOS MORENO is a graduate of the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. As a student, he was already garnering impressive critical acclaim and is poised to take place as one of new generation's leading spinto tenors, that rare breed of singer, capable of interpreting the great roles of the Italian repertoire, primarily those of Giuseppe Verdi and of the verismo composers. His first performance of Radames in Aida with Hawaii Opera Theatre elicited ecstatic reviews.
Mr. Moreno has taken first prize in several competitions including the 1993 Monserrat Caballé Competition, the Traviata 2000 competition in Pittsburgh and the 1996 José Carreras / Julian Gayarre International Singing Competition. In the Alfredo Kraus Competition he received the Giuseppe Verdi Award.
Mr. Moreno´s first professional experience with Verdi was Manrico in Il Trovatore in Montevideo, Urugway. He has also enjoyed particular success in the operas of Puccini, notably with Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly which he has sung in Spain in both Las Palmas and Cordoba, at Teatro Colon in Bogota, Colombia and at the Art Park Festival in Buffalo, New York. At the Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid he essayed the role of Paco in La Vide Breve.
After a concert in Bordeaux in which Mr. Moreno appeared with Placido Domingo, the Great Tenor invited him to make his Washington Opera debut during the 1998 /1999 season as Gabriele Adorno in Simon Boccanegra as well as to cover him as Loris in Fedora.
He has also worked at the Teatro Liceu in Barcelona, the San Francisco Opera, the Lyric Opera in Chicago, in Erfurt, Germany, Guadalajara, Spain, El Paso, Texas. The singer's repertoire also includes Rodolfo in La Bohème, Cavaradossi in Tosca, Canio in I Pagliacci, Turridu in Cavalleria rusticana, Maurizio in Adriana Lecouvreur, Samson in Samson et Dalila, Luigi in Il Tabarro, Calaf in Turandot, Riccardo in Un ballo in Maschera, Carlo in I Masnadieri, Duca in Rigoletto, Manrico in Il Trovatore, and Alfredo in La Traviata.