Tenor Zachary Mendez is thrilled to be making his second appearance as a soloist with CHICO. As an MM/DMA candidate for voice and opera at UC Santa Barbara, he performs throughout Southern California. Recently, Mr. Mendez was featured as a Young Artist at SongFest in Los Angeles where he had the opportunity to work with leading musicians such as Jake Heggie, John Musto, John Harbison, Roger Vignoles, Margo Garrett, Anthony Dean Griffey, and Susanne Mentzer. Recent engagements have included roles with the California Opera Association and Opera Santa Barbara.
Past roles include Captain Macheath in Benjamin Britten’s The Beggar’s Opera and Tapioca in Chabrier’s L’Étoile. In April, 2015 he appeared at Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters singing the role of Narcissus in the original cast of Echo, a new chamber opera by Davis Good. As a soloist Mr. Mendez has been featured with the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic and Choirs in CMU’s annual Holiday Concert, broadcast live on WQED Radio. He has also participated in several young artist programs, including the Accademia Vocale Lorenzo Malfatti in Lucca, Italy (2015), the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria (2014), and the Amalfi Coast Music Festival in Maiori, Italy (2013).
Mr. Mendez is a proud graduate of Carnegie Mellon University.
Zachary is appearing with Channel Islands Chamber Orchestra in two performances of Mozart’s Requiem Mass and Bach’s Motet Singet dem Herrn.