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Artega Wright
King Balthazar

According to Opera Today, Bass-Baritone Artega Wright has excited audiences with his vibrant, mellifluous, and authoritative tone.

Singing a range of works including classic early Baroque to more contemporary urban music, Wright has the unique charisma of a “beautiful deep voice, and a smile all the more charming”, according to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.

Originally hailing from Dallas, Texas, Wright is now based in the Mid-West, where he has performed withsome of Chicago’s most notable ensembles and storefront opera companies including Chicago Opera Theatre. During his time, he has had the honor to premier in new works commissioned by the playhouse such as Quamino’s Map and Freedom Ride.

Wright is also active with Opera Columbus most recently singing Spurton and Nat Turner in Leslie S. Burrs’ Vanqui and the Cardinal in Puccini’s Tosca.

In 2022 Wright was named a participant of the Frank R. Brownell III Apprentice Artist program at Des Moines Metro Opera.

When COVID compromised the cast, of Des Moines’ Porgy and Bess, Wright stepped in as the lead role of Porgy, “saving the show” according to Opera Today and receiving “an ovation from the audience and cast members the likes of which [they had] rarely heard.” This was a highlight of Wright’s career thus far helping to send off the world-renowned bass-baritone Simon Estes' 60-year opera career.

Wright earned his masters degree in Vocal Performance from the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University and a bachelor’s in Vocal Performance from Wayland Baptist University.