Luis Alejandro Orozco (he/him)
New York, NY
Mexican American baritone recently appeared as Harlekin in Ariadne auf Naxos with Cincinnati Opera, and will soon make his European debut, performing the role of Riolobo in Florencia en el Amazonas with Theater St. Gallen in Switzerland.
Previous seasons have included performances of Sharpless with Opera Santa Barbara, Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Florentine Opera and Syracuse Opera, Escamillo in Carmen with Michigan Opera Theater, Florentine Opera, Mill City Summer Opera and Des Moines Metro Opera, Marcello in La bohéme with Kentucky Opera, Anchorage Opera, and Opera Santa Barbara, Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette with Lyric Opera Baltimore, Opera Grand Rapids, and Austin Lyric Opera, Belcore in L’elisir d’amore with Opera Santa Barbara, Riolobo in Florencia en el Amazonas with Washington National Opera, San Diego Opera, Pensacola Opera and Arizona Opera, Hannah before in As One with Urban Arias, New Orleans Opera and Anchorage Opera, Taddeo in L’italiana in Algeri with Opera Santa Barbara, Perichaud in La Rondine with Opera Theater of St. Louis, and the Baritone soloist in Orff’s Carmina Burana with Wichita Symphony Orchestra, and Symphoria. He is also known as the leading interpreter in the United States for the role of El Payador in Piazzolla’s Maria de Buenos Aires, a role which he has performed at Florida Grand Opera, Arizona Opera, Atlanta Opera, New Orleans Opera, Cincinnati Opera, the Aspen Music Festival, Nashville Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Anchorage Opera.
Schyler Vargas (he/him)
Schyler Vargas, a Mexican-American baritone most recently performed with The Glimmerglass Festival as Marchese in La traviata and Frank in Show Boat, and covered Beaumarchais in Corgliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles with the Châteaux de Versailles Spectacles.
Schyler has been seen in The Pirates of Penzance as Samuel with Dayton Opera, in West Side Story with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, The Atlanta Opera, and The Glimmerglass Festival as Diesel and Chino. His concert credits include the baritone soloist for Orff’s Carmina Burana and Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle. Prioritizing new operas in his career, he has worked with Cincinnati Opera’s Opera Fusion, workshopping new works including Rufus Wainwright’s Hadrian and Tobias Picker’s Awakenings, as well as Nicholas Benavides’ Gilberto where he sang the title role at The Glimmerglass Festival. Notable operatic roles include: Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro and Eisenstien in Die Fledermaus.
He has participated in various competitions throughout the United States with notable awards including: Rocky Mountain District Winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, 2nd and Audience Favorite in the Harold Haugh Light Opera Competition, and 2nd at the Denver Lyric Opera Guild Aria Competition.
Before the cancelations caused by the pandemic, Schyler was scheduled to return to the Lyric Opera of Kansas City as Horace Derwent in Paul Moravec’s The Shining and continue performing West Side Story as Diesel with the Teatro Lirico di Cagliari in Italy and a Spanish production as Riff with the Teatro Municipal de Santiago in Chile.