ERNESTO RAMIREZ

Tenor

BIOGRAPHY

Mexican tenor Ernesto Ramírez is garnering rave reviews for his distinctive Italianate sound, “wonderfully fluid line and brilliant high notes,” combined with his “suave, nuanced lyricism.”

 

In 2014 while engaged as a cover for the title role of Roberto Devereux with the Canadian Opera Company, he was thrilled to share the stage in performance with soprano Sondra Radvanovsky.

 

He has performed to great acclaim for audiences in France, Germany, Switzerland, Canada, and the United States.

 

Operatic roles for Ernesto include Tamino in Die Zauberflöte with Palacio de Bellas Artes, Ramiro in La Cenerentola with Teatro del Bicentenario in Mexico, and with the Rossini in Wildbad Belcanto Opera Festival in Germany. In Canada, Ernesto starred as Nadir in Les Pêcheurs des Perles with Opera Hamilton, and Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor with Pacific Opera Victoria. Ernesto sang a “touching and radiant” Nemorino in L’Elisir d’Amore with Opéra de Angers-Nantes, and with Festival Folies DʼO Montpellier.

 

He starred in the title role of Verdi’s Stiffelio with Toronto’s Voicebox:Opera in Concert, Raoul in the Canadian Premiere of Meyerbeer's Les Huegenots, Arturo in I Puritani, and sang Alfredo in La Traviata with the Sarasota Opera.

 

Ernesto was “the revelation of the evening... a true Italianate tenor with endless lung power and heroic tone” in the role of Javier in Luisa Fernanda with Toronto Operetta Theatre.

 

His “resplendent tenor” has been heard in performances of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Niagara Symphony and Kingston Symphony. Opera companies in Zurich, Quebec, Montreal, Tel-Aviv and Mexico City have welcomed him as a guest artist in their Opera Galas. He also performed at The 150th Anniversary of Puccini, a gala hosted by Simonetta Puccini.

 

Ernesto earned a Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance from the University of Guadalajara in Mexico, and graduated from Boston Universityʼs Opera Institute. He has received awards from The Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions in Los Angeles, the Society of Singers Foundation and the New West Symphony Young Artist Prize.

Upcoming engagements for this busy tenor include Verdi’s Requiem with Brott Music Festival, and Stefano in Calgary Opera’s February 2017 production of Filumena.

 

Ernesto Ramirez is a Canadian Resident and holds U.S. and Mexican Citizenship

As Stefano in Filumena with Calgary Opera –

“Tenor Ernesto Ramirez was Stefano, Emilio’s son, and as the love interest he gets a good share of the big tunes – and he made the most of them. Ramirez’s warm-toned voice and lyricism were everywhere to be heard, especially in the picnic scene where the lovers fall in love.”

Kenneth Delong, Calgary Herald

SELECTED ROLES

Nemorino | L'Elisir d'Amore

Edgardo  | Lucia di Lammermoor

Alfredo | La Traviata

SELECTED REPERTOIRE

Verdi | Requiem

Beethoven | Ninth Symphony

Handel | Messiah

PRESS KIT

DOCUMENTS

Updated Mar 2017

 

 

AUDIO

Massenet

Pourquoi me réveiller

Werther

 

Flotow

M'appari tutt' amor

Martha

 

Verdi

Ingemisco

Requiem

Ernesto Ramirez, Tenor

RESUME

Opera

2017

Stefano (Filumena)

2016

Almaviva (Il barbiere di Siviglia)

Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly)

2015

Ottavio (Don Giovanni)

Edgardo (Lucia di Lammermoor)

2014

Bénédict (Béatrice et Bénédict)

Roberto (Roberto Devereux)

Stiffelio (Stiffelio)

Tamino (Die Zauberflöte)

2013

Don Ramiro (Cenerentola)

Nadir (Pearl Fishers)

2012

Leicester (Maria Stuarda)

Nemorino (L’elisir d’amore)

Ruiz (Il Trovatore)

Alfred (Die Fledermaus)

Rinaldo (Armida)

2011

Nemorino (L’elisir d’amore)

2010

Don Ramiro (Cenerentola)

Arturo (I Puritani)

2009

Alfredo (La Traviata)

Nemorino (L’elisir d’amore)

Turridu (Cavalleria Rusticana)

2008

Decio (La Vestale)

Tamino (Die Zauberflöte)

Almaviva (Il barbiere di Siviglia)

2007

Rodolfo (La bohème)

Orfeo (Hostage)

Mr. Owen (Postcard from Morocco)

2006

Lázaro (Before Night Falls)

Alfredo (La Traviata)

Rinuccio (Gianni Schicchi)

Rinuccio (Gianni Schicchi)

 

 

Estacio/Murrell

 

Rossini

Puccini

 

Mozart

Donizetti

 

Berlioz

Donizetti

Verdi

Mozart

 

Rossini

Bizet

 

Donizetti

Donizetti

Verdi

Strauss

Rossini

 

Donizetti

 

Rossini

Bellini

 

Verdi

Donizetti

Mascagni

 

Mercadante

Mozart

Rossini

 

Puccini

Hedricks

Argento

 

Martin

Verdi

Puccini

Puccini

 

Calgary Opera

 

Saskatoon Opera

Opera de León, Mexico

 

Opera de Bellas Artes, Mexico

Pacific Opera Victoria

 

Minería Symphony, Mexico

Canadian Opera Company

Opera in Concert

Opera de Bellas Artes, Mexico

 

Teatro Bicentenario, Mexico

Opera Hamilton

 

Pacific Opera Victoria

Opera Folies Lyriques, France

Canadian Opera Company

Canadian Opera Company*

Opera In Concert, Toronto

 

Opéra de Angers-Nantes, France

 

Wildbad Rossini Festival, Germany

Opera in Concert, Toronto

 

Sarasota Opera

Sarasota Opera

Il Canto Opera Association, Montreal**

 

Opera in Concert, Toronto

Boston Opera Institute*

Boston Opera Institute

 

Boston Opera Institute

Boston Opera Institute

Boston Opera Institute

 

Boston Opera Institute

Opera in the Ozarks

Opera Santa Barbara*

UCLA Opera

* Cover

* In Concert

VIDEO

Puccini

"Che gelida manina" from La boheme

Brott Festival, Canada

Operetta & Zarzuela Repertoire

2016

Gustavo (Los Gavilanes)

2015

Karl Franz (The Student Prince)

2014

Paco (La vida breve)

Tony (West side Story)

2013

Prince Sou Chong (The Land of Smiles)

2011

Javier (Luisa Fernanda)

 

Guerrero

 

Romberg

 

de Falla

Bernstein

 

Lehár

 

Torroba

 

Toronto Operetta Theatre

 

Toronto Operetta Theatre

 

Opera in Concert

Cervantino International Festiva

 

Toronto Operetta Theatre

 

Toronto Operetta Theatre

 

Various

 

Verdi

Beethoven

Beethoven

 

Various

 

Handel

Handel

Verdi

Beethoven

Various

Various

 

Various

Beethoven

 

Various

Stephen Paulus

 

Handel

Various

Beethoven

Various

 

Various

Various

 

Various

Various

 

Various

Various

 

Ramírez

Handel

Various

 

Thunder Bay Symphony

 

Brott Festival, Hamilton

Niagara Symphony

Kingston Symphony

 

Trinity United Church, Toronto

 

OFUNAM, Mexico

Philarmonic of Jalisco, Mexico

Symphony of Mineria, Mexico

OFUNAM, Mexico

Glenn Gould Studio, Toronto

Ollin Yoliztli, Mexico

 

Gallery 345, Toronto

Winnipeg Symphony

 

Brott Festival, Hamilton

Grand Rapids Symphony

 

Brott Festival, Hamilton

Opera de Québec

Grand Rapids Symphony

Toronto Operetta Theatre

 

Boris Brott Festival, Hamilton

Verein Opera, Zurich

 

The Israeli Opera, Tel-Aviv

Opera Santa Barbara

 

Opera de Montréal

Boston Lyric Opera

 

Reveille Chorale, Tucson

Saint Paul Orchestra & Chorus, Boston

Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Oratorio & Concert

2017

Opera Gala

2016

Requiem

9th Symphony

9th Symphony

2015

“Off Centre” Russian Salon

2014

Messiah

Messiah

Requiem

9th Symphony

“Off Centre” Russian Salon

“Requiem for Abbado” Memorial

2013

“A New Heritage” Recital

9th Symphony

2012

“Concert Opera Favourites”

“To Be Certain of the Dawn”

2011

Messiah

Opera Gala

9th Symphony

“Zarzuela Gold” Concert

2009

Opera Gala

Opera Gala with Francisco Araiza

2008

Opera Gala Studio

150th Puccini Anniversary Gala with Simonetta Puccini

2007

Opera Gala

Recital & Symposiums

2006

Misa Criolla

Messiah

Opera Recital Series

 

REVIEWS

As Stefano in Filumena with Calgary Opera –

“Tenor Ernesto Ramirez was Stefano, Emilio’s son, and as the love interest he gets a good share of the big tunes – and he made the most of them. Ramirez’s warm-toned voice and lyricism were everywhere to be heard, especially in the picnic scene where the lovers fall in love.”

Kenneth Delong, Calgary Herald

 

As Count Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Saskatoon Opera

"...Ernesto Ramirez, whose Almaviva possessed the voice to massage the sweetest love song or grind out drunken recitative. His finest moment was a transfixing performance of 'Se il mio nome saper voi bramate', accompanied by the traditional guitar."

Joanne Paulson, Opera Canada

 

As Gustavo in Los Gavilanes with Toronto Operetta Theatre –

“A superb performance comes from Ernesto Ramírez as Gustavo. Ramírez colours his large Italianate tenor to bring out the emotion of every aria he has.  Loveliest of all is his Act 2 romanza ‘Flor roja’, said to be one of the most perfect tenor arias in all Zarzuela. When one hears the beauty of such arias as this, one can only wonder at the foolishness of the non-Hispanic world in leaving the richness of zarzuela unexplored for so long.”

Christopher Hoile, Stage-Door.com

 

In the title role of Roberto Devereux with the Canadian Opera Company –

“Ernesto Ramirez, who was the cover for Roberto Devereux, got the nod today. Knowing that people were coming to see Radvanovsky from all over the world, I can imagine the pressure Ramirez must have felt when he was told he’d be getting a performance. And so – speaking of theatrical drama – this was the classic drama within a drama.

 

Ramirez knows who he is. The singing was thoughtful, well-planned. I have not heard a performance that was so accurately pitched in a very long time. Every single note was exactly on pitch, including two high B’s in his final scene.

 

Ramirez is not Pavarotti – again speaking of identity – but to my ear, the resemblance is striking. The line, the lovely precision attack on high notes… but one big difference. The Great Pavarotti was known to be an instinctive singer who did not read music. Ramirez? I saw him accompany his wife Michèle on clarinet at a concert I reviewed, as she sang ‘non piu di fiori’ from La Clemenza di Tito. Later? He sang ‘Granada’, among other things. I hope this is the big break that shows the world what Ramirez can do. Who have we heard around here who sounds as good? Stephen Costello, Ramon Vargas? lovely sounding to be sure, but Ramirez is genuinely in their league, and I swear, a prettier voice. Yes he does sound like Pavarotti…Ramirez seemed fearless…”

Leslie Barcza, BarczaBlog.com

 

As Tamino in Die Zauberflöte with Teatro Bellas Artes, Mexico City –

"His beautiful and warm timbre, the body and roundness of his sound, were all combined with a musical interpretation, however subtle, with a determined and refined vocal technique, artistically very tasteful."

José Noé, MercadoProOpera

 

As Prince Sou Chong in The Land of Smiles with Toronto Operetta Theatre –

"Tenor Ernesto Ramirez has a wonderfully fluid line and brilliant high notes, while soprano Lara Ciekiewicz matched him high note for high note. They made a sympathetic couple both visually and in the way their voices blended..."

Leslie Barcza, BarczaBlog.com

 

As Nadir in Les pêcheurs de perles with Opera Hamilton –

"Tenor Ernesto Ramírez is a musician who has clearly thought out the why and how of every note he sings. Not only was his Je crois entendre delivered with touching poignancy, his high Bs alternately sung in head and full voice, but his rendition of the Au fond du temple saint duet with Polegato brought goosebumps."

Leonard Turnevicius, The Hamilton Spectator

 

"Tenor Ernesto Ramírez sings the role of Nadir with a gorgeous warmth of tone and exquisite phrasing. This is an artist clearly comfortable working within the classic vocal tradition of French grand opera, where lyricism generally trumps show-off virtuosity. This fine young talent can, of course, thrill and does so in virtually each and every one of his many

genuinely affecting appearances spotted throughout the production. The great landmark tenor-baritone duet  Au fond

du temple saint is performed with an engaging bitter sweetness by Ramírez and Polegato, a potent quality that gives the justifiably cherished piece its compelling emotional reverberation."

Opera Going Toronto

 

Soloist in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with Grand Rapids Symphony –

"Four guest singers, all with sweet voices, joined the performance. Ramírez' resplendent tenor [was a] nice touch."

Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk, Michigan Entertainment

 

As Leicester in Maria Stuarda with Pacific Opera Victoria –

"...in the dramatically taxing role of Leicester, the Mexican/American Ernesto Ramírez showed himself to be that rarity, a tenore di grazia who combines dramatic flair, vocal charm, and musical taste -- what a pleasure it is to encounter a hero in an Italian opera who, without shortchanging the effect of his big moments, never for a moment descends into shouting!"

Bernard Jacobson, SeenAndHeard-International.com

 

"Yes, Maria Stuarda is a diva-opera, but Ernesto Ramírez as Leicester is a revelation. Of Mexican-American descent, Ramírez's velvet tenor voice communicates aching romantic love."

Brent Schaus, MondayMag.com

 

"Mexican-born tenor Ernesto Ramírez is at once virile and sensitive as Leicester, impressing not so much for raw power as for suave, nuanced lyricism."

Kevin Bazzana, The Times Colonist

 

As Nemorino in L'Elisir d'amore with Opera Angers-Nantes, France –

"A touching and radiant Nemorino, the young Mexican tenor Ernesto Ramírez is a revelation. From the beginning of his first aria, we are charmed by his luminous voice, perfectly placed, high and clear, magnified by a mastered legato and a superb sense of the text, capable of the most refined nuances, the sound production always smooth and on the breath, vocalizations with technical and musical accomplishment allowing him to suspend time in his aria 'Una furtiva lagrima', magnificently phrased and overwhelming with emotion. He gives the impression of being one with his character, which he embodies with a loyal truth and a touching fragility. He is a new talent to follow very closely."

Nicolas Grienenberger, ClassiqueNews.com

 

As Javier in Luisa Fernanda with Toronto Operetta Theatre –

"Vocally, the revelation of the evening was Ramírez, a true Italianate tenor with endless lung-power and a heroic tone.

His triumphant entrance aria, 'De este apacible rincón de Madrid' drew such thunderous applause and bravos Ramírez should have a bright future ahead of him. At the end, he was able to colour his voice so delicately that his contrition seemed completely believable."

Christopher Hoile, The Wholenote

 

"Mexican tenor Ernesto Ramírez as Javier is a real talent"

Paula Citron, Classical 96.3 FM

 

As Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola with the Rossini in Wildbad Belcanto Opera Festival –

"It was as clear as ever before: If Pesaro is a meeting of world stars, so is Bad Wildbad in early development. Ernesto Ramírez exceeds his colleagues, he is even more winning and higher and brighter as Ramiro in La Cenerentola. One would think that the Artistic Director should queue at the stage door with a contract in hand."

Heinz W. Koch, Opernwelt

 

"Tenor Edgar Ernesto Ramírez designed his role of the noble prince with lyrical cantilena."

Martin Roeber, RuhrNachrichten.de

 

"In the other roles, there was solid expertise. The Mexican tenor Ernesto Ramírez brought his distinctive Rossini voice, especially in the impressive heights of the role, to advantage"

Pforzheimer Zeitung

 

"So give the Italian mezzo-soprano Serena Malfi and the Mexican tenor Edgar Ernesto Ramírez rise to the highest hopes, to become a new dream couple of belcanto opera. As Angelina (called Cenerentola) and Don Ramiro lead…the opera audience through a moving transformation game and finds its expressive end in the grand gesture of forgiveness"

Redaction Regio News CW

 

 "Prince Ramiro is Edgar Ernesto Ramírez with a pleasant dark tone and with an encouraging and grounded technique, clear phrasing and musical sensitivity and thus young in his appearance yet with a very advanced vocal weight, demonstrating proper aristocratic restraint."

Udo Klebes, Der Neue Merker

 

As Nemorino in L'Elisir d'amore with Sarasota Opera –

"Ernesto Ramírez was born to play the role of Nemorino. The Mexican tenor has an innocent open-faced quality, perfect for the gullible lovelorn peasant whose love for the wealthy Adina is not returned. Ramírez has a flexible and vibrant middleweight tenor…he handled the rapid-fire ensembles well and proved consistently amusing without crossing the line to mugging."

Lawrence A. Johnson, South Florida Classical Review

 

As Decio in La Vestale with Opera in Concert, Toronto –

"Mexican tenor Ernesto Ramírez as Decio has a real Italianate sound of shimmering beauty."

Paula Citron, Classical 96.3 FM