A native of Mazatlán, México, JOSÉ ADÁN PÉREZ is an alumnus of the Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program of LA Opera. A dramatically expressive singer possessing a rich, ample baritone of significant presence, Pérez turned to singing after establishing himself as an engineer in the competitive automobile industry.
Pérez opens the 2010/11 LA Opera season as Di Cosimo in the world premiere of Daniel Catán’s Il Postino, sharing the stage with Plácido Domingo. In the spring of 2011, Pérez will make his New York City Opera debut in L’elisir d’amore, performing the role of Bel Core. This evening, he makes his Hollywood Bowl debut as Dancaïro in Carmen with the LA Phil under the direction of Gustavo Dudamel. Pérez’ roles on the LA Opera stage include both Figaro and Fiorello in Il barbiere di Siviglia and the Second Senator in the American premiere of Franz Schreker’s Die Gezeichneten under the baton of James Conlon. His LA Opera debut came in 2008 as Marcello in two student matinee performances of La bohème. In this role, he enjoyed the pleasure of performing under the baton of Plácido Domingo.
In the summer of 2008 at the Aspen Music Festival, Pérez received high acclaim as Dandini in La Cenerentola. That same year, Pérez made his European debut at the Theatre Basel, Switzerland, as the lead baritone of the zarzuela Pasión under the direction of Calixto Bieito. Other notable performances include Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia as part of Opera North’s 2009 Season; Marcello in La bohème, Malatesta in Don Pasquale, and Guglielmo in Così fan tutte for IVAI, as well as Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, the title role of Don Giovanni, and Marullo in Rigoletto for The Academy of Vocal Arts of Philadelphia. Principal roles on Mexico’s mainstage include Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Belcore in L’elisir d’amore and Silvio in I Pagliacci at the Teatro Ángela Peralta of Mazatlan.
Pérez has consistently distinguished himself in his musical pursuits. After receiving an engineering degree from Tecnológico de Monterrey, he was awarded a scholarship to Mexico’s most prestigious Young Artist Training Program, the Sociedad Internacional de Valores Artísticos Mexicanos (SIVAM) where he began his formal vocal training. He has been a winner of many important competitions and scholarships, including awards from the 2008 Pasadena Opera Guild, the 2008 Gerda Lissner Foundation, the 2008 NOA Competition, 2008 Opera Buffs, the 2007 Opera Index, and the 2006 Loren L. Zachary National Vocal Competition. He was a Philadelphia District Winner and Middle Atlantic Finalist at the 2006 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Other honors include a 2005 SIVAM – Plácido Domingo Scholarship and the INBA scholarship from the 2004 Carlo Morelli National Opera Competition.