The Mexican tenor, Jorge Lopez-Yañez, is a graduate of the University of Zacatecas in Mexico, and studied music and voice at California State University, Northridge and at the University of Southern California. His teachers included Curt Allen, Ernest St John Metz (Music Director of the Aguascalientes Opera,) and Jane Westbrook. He came to public attention as a finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions in 1986 and as first-prize winner of the Loren Zachary Competition.
Jorge Lopez-Yañez has distinguished himself as a leading tenor on operatic stages throughout the world. In North America, he has appeared with the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Los Angeles Opera, Canadian Opera, San Diego Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, Atlanta Opera, Edmonton Opera, Opera de Quebec, and in San Antonio, Texas and San Juan, Puerto Rico. In Europe, he has appeared on the stages of the leading opera houses of Amsterdam, Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Paris, Antwerp, Bern, Bordeaux, Canary Islands, Cologne, Dresden, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Ghent, Hannover, Karlsruhe, Monte-Carlo, Nice, Pesaro, Stuttgart, Strasbourg, Toulouse, Venice, and Zurich. Elsewhere, he has performed with the opera companies of Santiago, Chile, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tokyo, Japan, Tel-Aviv, Isreal, and Sydney and Melbourne, Australia. A native of Mexico, he regularly returns to his home country to appear in Mexico City, Monterrey, Guadalajara, Aguascalientes, and Jalapa.
Jorge Lopez-Yañez has earned particular acclaim for his portrayal of “heroic” Rossini tenor roles and the bel-canto repertoire of Donizetti, Bellini, and Verdi. Notable roles in his repertoire are Alfredo in La Traviata, Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola, Nemorino in L'elisir d'amore, Rodolfo in La Bohème, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Le Chevalier Des Grieux in Manon. He has also sung principal tenor roles in Madama Butterfly, The Barber of Seville, Rigoletto, Der Rosenkavalier, Le Postillon de Longjumeau, Alcina, La fille du régiment, Don Pasquale, Maria di Rohan, La Rondine, Hamlet, Die Fledermaus, Falstaff, Anna Bolena, William Tell, Ermione, La Sonnambula, Rossini's Otello and Stabat Mater, Messe di Gloria, and Four Tenors Concert
During the past two seasons, Jorge Lopez-Yañez has appeared with Monte-Carlo Opera as Ramiro in La Cenerentola, Valladolid, Spain as Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Jalapa, Mexico and in the USA for the Atlanta Opera as Edgardo, San Juan, Puerto Rico as Romeo, Opera Australia as Alfredo in La Traviata and as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, in Tokyo, Japan as Carlo in Linda di Chamounix, Australian Opera as Rodolfo, the Cincinnati Opera as Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Hawaii Opera and the Opera de Puerto Rico as the Duke in Rigoletto, San Antonio Opera as Rodolfo, and the Florentine Opera as Macduff in Macbeth.
This winter and spring includes engagments at the Florentine Opera as Macduff in Macbeth, Teatro de la Opera in San Juan, Puerto Rico as the Duke of Mantua, and the Lyric Opera of San Antonio as Rodolfo.
Jorge Lopez-Yañez may be heard on recordings of Hamlet released by Sernissima, an album of Mexican Mariachi Music, and in Ermione with Glyndebourne Festival, released on video by NVC Arts.