Mexican tenor Eleazar Rodríguez has received acclaim for his vibrant portrayals of leading roles in operas by Donizetti, Rossini, Mozart, Verdi and Wagner.
Mr. Rodríguez opens the 2019-20 season with his house and role debut at Opera North as Rodolfo in La Bohème. At the Badisches Staatstheater in Karlsruhe he appears in three new productions – as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, as Andres in Wozzeck and as Camille de Rosillon in Die lustige Witwe. He also returns to Karlsruhe as Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux and as Tamino in Die Zauberflöte.
Last season he returned to English National Opera for his role debut of Edgardo in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor. The season was also marked by his role debut as Roberto Devereux in a new production by Harry Fehr and under the baton of Daniele Squeo at Staatstheater Karlsruhe, as well as performances as Percy in Donizetti’s Anna Bolena, Tamino in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and as soloist in Orff’s Carmina Burana.
Further highlights from recent seasons include appearances as Count Almaviva in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia at English National Opera, a role he also sang for his house debut at Oper Graz, and his house debut at Theatre Lucerne in the role of Fenton in Verdi’s Falstaff.
In prior seasons at the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, where has been in the ensemble since the 2011-12 season, Eleazar Rodríguez has performed roles such as Roméo in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, Nemorino in a new Jacopo Spirei production of Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore, Belmonte in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail, as well as Tebaldo in Bellini’s I Capuleti e I Montecchi, and the Meisterjünger in the world premiere of Avner Dorman’s Wahnfried, conducted by Justin Brown and directed by Keith Warner.
Further roles included David in Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Tonio in Donizetti’s La Fille du Régiment, Fenton in Falstaff, Ferrando in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, Alfred in Die Fledermaus, Iopas in Berlioz’ Les Troyens, Leonato in Händel’s Alessandro, and the Singer in Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier.
Further guest engagements have taken him to Oper Frankfurt as Rodrigo in Verdi’s Otello, to Konzert Theater Bern as Tamino, as well as to the Saarländisches Staatstheater in Saarbrücken as Nemorino and Fenton. At Theater Heidelberg, where he was a member of the ensemble during the 2010-11 season, he portrayed characters including Ferrando, Tamino, Jaquino in a new production of Beethoven’s Fidelio, and Cassio and Rodrigo in Otello.
Eleazar Rodríguez was a member of San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program in 2009 and 2010, where he performed Federico in Pietro Mascagni’s L’Amico Fritz. Other appearances in North America were with Michigan Opera Theatre in Detroit as Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia, a role he also performed with Fremont Opera. He has also been heard in recitals at the Kennedy Center, as well as in concerts throughout Mexico, including at the Teatro del Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City.
Further concert appearances have included Britten’s Les Illuminations with the Badische Staatskapelle Karlsruhe under Music Director Justin Brown and Mozart’s Requiem with the Philharmonisches Orchester Heidelberg.
Mr. Rodriguez earned a Bachelor of Music Degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and studied with César Ulloa.
A native of Piedras Negras, Mexico, Eleazar Rodriguez is a recipient of the Placido Domingo voice scholarship given by the Sociedad Internacional de Valores de Arte Mexicano, Mexico’s most renowned young artist program. He is also a top prize winner in the Carlo Morelli National Competition in Mexico City.
Tim Ashley for The Guardian
(Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor)
English National Opera
"Rodríguez makes an outstanding Edgardo, meanwhile: handsome-sounding, impeccably stylish and intense, with an easy ring at the top of his voice."
Robert Hugill for Planet Hugill
(Roberto in Roberto Devereux)
Chelsea Opera Group
"Rodríguez has a fine, robust tenor which all the necessary combinations of power and flexibility... His final scene, in prison, was the moment to shine and Rodríguez sang with real conviction, style and dramatic intensity."
"Mittel- und Höhepunkt des Abends ist Eleazar Rodríguez als treuherziger, in Leid und Freude bewegender Nemorino. Mit seinem hellen, frischen Tenor, der sich in der Höhe wunderbar mühelos öffnet, gelingen ihm die berühmten „Schlager“ des Stückes von „Quanto è bella“ bis zu „Una furtiva lagrima“ mit betörender Leichtigkeit und Intensität."
Rüdiger Krohn for BNN
(Nemorino in L'Elisir d'Amore)
Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe