A Winner of the 2018 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, tenor Carlos Enrique Santelli is a recent graduate of Los Angeles Opera’s Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program. Highlights of the 2022-23 season included performances with Amarillo Opera as Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Opera San Antonio as Tybalt in Romeo et Juliette, and Opera Orlando as Tonio in La fille du régiment. In the 2023-24 season, Carlos will join the voice faculty at the University of Memphis in tandem with his ongoing performance career.
In the 2021-22 season, Santelli reprised the role of Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Finger Lakes Opera and sang the role of Lorenzo in William Bolcom’s Lucrezia with Opera Louisiane. He then performed Valcour in the rarely performed The Anonymous Lover with Minnesota Opera before joining Madison Opera for a double bill of Cendrillon and L'enfant et les sortilèges and debuts with Houston Grand Opera in their productions of Turandot and Roméo et Juliette. In the 2020-21 season, Mr. Santelli made his San Diego Opera debut as Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia. In the 2019-20 season, he returned to Dayton Opera as Ramiro in La cenerentola. On the concert stage, he performed a joint recital with his wife, mezzo-soprano Ashley Dixon. In the 2018-2019 season, Mr. Santelli made his Dayton Opera debut as Count Almaviva in The Barber of Seville and performed as tenor soloist in Mendelssohn’s Die Erste Walpurgisnacht with the Sacramento Choral Society. Recent projects with LA Opera include performances in Salome, conducted by James Conlon, and Wonderful Town, conducted by Grant Gershon. Additionally, Mr. Santelli appeared as a guest soloist in a special gala celebrating the 10-year anniversary of LA Opera’s Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program. Further collaborations on the West Coast include numerous projects with LA Opera’s Artist-in-Residence Matthew Aucoin.