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Marcelo Otegui (Bass)

Born: Salto, Uruguay

The Uruguayan bass (and counter-tenor), Marcelo Otegui, started his musical studies at the Conservatorio Municipal (Municipal Consevatoire) in Salto, Uruguay in 1986. In 1989 he entered the Escuela Universitaria de Música (Universitary School of Music) to the careers of Singing and Guitar and studied with Madame Alba Tonelli and Madame Vida Bastos (singing) and with Master Ramiro Agriel (guitar). Since 1991 his vocal studies have been taken with Mme. Natalia Zimarioff, Master Juan Carlos Gebelin, Mme. Graciela Lassner and Mme. Graciela Pérez Casas and lately with Mónica Ferracani in Bueno Aires. He participates in master-classes by Katia Ricciarelli (Italy), Renato Sassola (Argentina), Víctor Torres (Argentina), Martine Sourais (France), Horacio Amauri (Argentine) and Susana Cardonnet (Argentina) and in 2011, at Teatro Carlo Felice of Genoa with Donata D'Annunzio Lombardi. In 2005 he receives a scholarship from Sociedad Uruguaya ArsLyrica to work French repertoire in master-classes given by Master César Tello and later that year, he is sponsored by FONAM - National Fund for Music, as well as by ArsLyrica to continue his studies in Buenos Aires with Master Ricardo Ortale (Vocal Technique) and Madame Susana Cardonnet (Repertoire). In 2006 he was sponsored again to study with Master Enrique Gibert Mella and to continue with Madame Susana Cardonnet. Since 2008 he also works with Mmes. Laura Liss and Rozita Zozoulia and since 2010 he works with romanian mezzo-soprano Viorica Cortez in Paris.

Since his beginings, Marcelo Otegui has developed a great activity being member of the following Choirs: Coro Cantares de Salto (Madame Amalia Zaldúa) from 1980 to 1986, taking part in tours through Brazil and Paraguay; Coro Universitario de Montevideo (Master Francisco Simaldoni) from 1989 to 1992; Ensemble Coral De Profundis (Madame Cristina García Banegas) from 1992 to 2010, taking part in tours through European and Latinamerican countries and since 2000, taking part as soloist voice; Coro de la Sociedad Uruguaya ProOpera, taking part in the 1994 to 1998 Opera Seasons; Coro Estable del SODRE (Government main sponsored institution) since 2002 (competitive entry); Coro Estable del Teatro Colon de Buenos Aires from 2010 to 2011 (competitive entry).

In 1989 Marcelo Otegui was chosen by Juventudes Musicales (Youth in Music) to take part in the 8º Festival Mundial de Música en los Liceos (8th World Festival of Music at Schools) at the UNESCO Main Hall in París, France, then in 2005 he won the First Prize at the 1º Concurso Internacional Voces Líricas Ciudad de Rosario (1st International Competition, Lyric Voices, City of Rosario, Argentine), as well as the Special Mention for the best interpretation of a piece by Carlos Guastavino. In 2006 sponsored by FONAM, SODRE and ArsLyrica, Otegui took part in the X International Voice Competition and Festival, City of Trujillo where he wion the 1st Prize. Also, at the 2ª Edición - Concurso Internacional de Ópera - La Bohème - 2008 (2nd Edition - National Opera Competition) from the Opera of San Juan, Argentina, he won the 2st prize for the Colline's role and at 3ª Edición - Concurso Internacional de Ópera - Il Barbiere di Siviglia - 2009 (3rd Edition - National Opera Competition) from the Opera of San Juan, he wins the 1st prize for the role of Don Basilio.

In his beginings, Marcelo Otegui has been mostly dedicated to sing Oratorios, Cantatas, Masses and Choral Symphonic pieces, such as the soloist roles of: Johannes-Passion (BWV 245), Matthäus-Passion (BWV 244), Mass in B minor (BWV 232), Weihnachts-Oratorium (BWV 248), Cantatas etc. by J.S. Bach; Cantatas by Georg Philipp Telemann; Mass in Times of War, Missa in Angustiis by J. Haydn; The Messiah by George Frideric Handel; Requiem, Masses in C Major and in C minor, Missa Solemnis, Vesperæ Solenne de Confessore, etc. by W.A. Mozart; Stabat Mater by K. Szymanowski; Petite Messe Solennelle, Stabat Mater, etc. by G. Rossini; Budavári Te Deum by Zoltán Kodály; Missa Solemnis; Symphony No. 9 Choral Op.125 by L.v. Beethoven; Ein Deutches Requiem by Johannes Brahms and Stabat Mater by A. Dvořák.

Marcelo Otegui has been singing concerts as soloist in most Uruguayan theaters, such as, Solís of Montevideo, Maccio of San José, Florencio Sánchez of Paysandú, Larrañaga of Salto and Municipal of Rivera; in Halls like SODRE’s Auditoium, ANTEL, LATU, Vaz Ferreira and Ateneo; at the Cabildo de Montevideo, Churches, Embassies and Cultural Halls. Internatinally he has sung in Argentine, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, England and Spain.

Marcelo Otegui has been directed by Maestros such as, Roberto Montenegro, Antonio María Russo and Diana López Esponda, Cristina García Banegas, Nicolás Rauss, Fernando Condon, Carlos Fernández Aransay. Susana Frangi, Javier Logioia Orbe, Giorgio Paganini, Sylvain Gasançon, Martin Lebel, Federico García Vigil, Reinaldo Censabella, Andrés Spiller, Rani Calderon, Jose Luis Dominguez, Ligia Amadio, Silvio Viegas, Emmanuel Siffert and Lucia Zicos. In 2004, he was chosen by Mtro. Roberto Montenegro to record the soloist voice of the Uruguayan National Anthem in its new official version, with the SODRE Choir and Orchestra (SONDOR Records)

Marcel Otegui’s first steps in opera were as a member of Grupo TA.DE.O as Mr. Gruni, Stefano and El Ciego (The blind man) in Jaurés Lamarque Pons’ opera Marta Gruni (1997 and 1998). His debut in an opera role was in 2005 as Fígaro in Le Nozze di Figaro by W.A. Mozart in the Sociedad Uruguaya ArsLyrica co-production with SODRE, under Mtro. Antonio María Russo’s conduction. His Buenos Aires' debut, was this same year in the Primer concierto de cantantes líricos del MERCOSUR, por la unión cultural (MERCOSUR lyric singers' first concert, for the cultural union) held at San Martin's Palace (Chancellery) and then in 2007 he took part of the Segundo concierto de cantantes líricos del MERCOSUR, por la unión cultural (MERCOSUR lyric singers' second concert, for the cultural union) held at the Salón Azul del Honorable Senado de la Nación (Congress).

In 2006, Marcelo Otegui made his Teatro Avenida of Buenos Aires debut, in Georges Bizet's opera Carmen, as Zúñiga, and in Teatro El Círculo of Rosario he sings the role of Zio Bonzo in G. Puccini's Madama Butterfly. Back in Teatro Avenida Otegui sings Colline in G. Puccini's La Bohème, as well as Alvise Badoero in Amilcare Ponchielli's La Gioconda. He also makes his Brazilian debut at Teatro Gustavo Leite in Maceió, Alagoas, as Sarastro in W.A. Mozart's Die Zauberflötte. He began 2007 with his debut in J.S. Bach's Oster-Oratorium BWV 249 with the SODRE orchestra and choir, then in Teatro El Círculo of Rosario he sang again the rol of Colline in G. Puccini's La Bohème. He debuted both roles of Sparafucile and Count Monterone in G. Verdi's Rigoletto and then sang Zúñiga in G. Bizet's Carmen at Montevideo's Teatro Solís. He made his London debut in 2008 with two concerts, at St. James's Church Piccadilly and at St. Anne & St. Agnes Church Gresham Street, also in Madrid with two concerts at the Auditorium of the Escuela de Música de Tres Cantos (Tres Cantos Music School) and at the Sala Conde Duque. He made his debut at Teatro Sarmiento of San Juan, Argentina with the role of Colline in Puccini's La Bohème and at Montevideo's Teatro Solís he debuts the rol of Ferrando in G. Verdi's Il Trovatore. Back at Buenos Aires' Teatro Avenida, he sang Figaro in W.A. Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro.

In 2009, back at Teatro Sarmiento of San Juan, Marcelo Otegui debuted the role of Don Basilio in Gioacchino Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia. Then at Montevideo's Teatro Solís, he debuted the of Zaccaria and the Great Priest in Giuseppe Verdi's Nabucco and sang again Don Basilio in Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia. He started 2010 taking part in the 1st Summer Classical Festival at Lapataia, Punta Ballena, Maldonado as Dr. Grenvil in Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata. He made his Santiago de Chile's debut singing for Teatro Municipal the soloist part of L.v. Beethoven's Symphony N 9 – Choral in two solidarity concerts and then at Teatro Municipal the Sparafucile in Verdi's Rigoletto. He sang again the Figaro in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, now at Montevideo's Teatro Solis. He started 2011 singing Colline from Puccini's La Bohème at the 2nd. Summer Classical Festival held at Convention Center Solanas, Punta Ballena, Maldonado. He made his debut at Mendoza's Teatro Independencia with Mozart's Requiem and back in Santiago de Chile's Teatro Municipal, he sang Angelotti in Puccini's Tosca. Also he made his debut at Lima's Teatro Municipal with Verdi's Il Trovatore (Ferrando) and also sang Colline in Puccini's La Bohème. He began the SODRE's 2012 Symphonic-Choral Season singing Mozart's Requiem at the Adela Reta National Auditorium and at the Holy Heart's Church (former Seminar), Montevideo, and then at the Juan Victoria Auditorium of San Juan, Argentina. At Teatro Universidad of Mendoza, Argentina he sang a "Homage to Carlos Guastavino" and in SODRE's Chamber Music Cycle at Nelly Goitiño Auditorium, Montevideo, he sang "Three centuries of history through chant and chamber music" (1500-1800) (a concert with historical instruments).

Source: Ars Lyrica Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (February 2014)

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