Jesús Vincente Murillo, Bass-baritone

Praised by Opera News as “utterly loveable, with an expansive sound and easy stage presence”, bass-baritone, Jesús Vicente Murillo has been performing opera, musical theater, concerts and art song across North America since making his debut with Michigan Opera Theatre as The Android in The Very Last Green Thing at the age of eighteen.  

In the 2023-24 Season, Murillo makes his house debut at Portland Opera playing the title role in Le Nozze di Figaro, along with debuts at Anchorage Opera and Opera Ithaca as the Commentator in Scalia/Ginsburg, Nashville Opera as Papageno in The Magic Flute, and the Helena Symphony as Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana.

Murillo made his Metropolitan Opera debut in the 2022-23 season as a Flemish deputy in Don Carlo. His other recent roles have included Antonio in The Marriage of Figaro at Opera San Jose, Papageno in an abbreviated production of The Magic Flute at Opera Theatre of St. Louis, César Chávez in the orchestra preview of Nicola Lell Benavides and Marella Martin Koch’s new work Dolores 

with West Edge Opera, Don Fernando in Fidelio with Opera Middlebury, Figaro in ¡Figaro! (90210) with Chautauqua Opera, and a “self-assured, assertive” Doctor Bartolo in Il barbieredi  Siviglia with Opera Neo, for which he was cited for his “vigorous, rich bass-baritone” (San Diego Story). Murillo previously covered Dr. Bartolo at Santa Fe Opera. 

He has also sung the roles of Guillermo Kahlo/Rockefeller/E.G. Robinson/Petate Vendor in Frida, The Professor/Used Car Salesman in the world-premiere of Lisa Despain’s That Hell-Bound Train, Il Prince di Bouillon in Adriana Lecouvreur, the title role in Iannis Xenakis’s KassandraI, Leporello in Don GiovanniI, Betto in Gianni Schicchi/Buoso’s Ghost, and Masetto in Don Giovanni. He has performed with companies including Michigan Opera Theatre, El Paso Opera, Fargo-Moorhead Opera, Baltimore Concert Opera, Bare Opera, the Chamber Cartel of Atlanta, and has made numerous appearances with Opera Saratoga, Opera Louisiane, Charlottesville Opera, Caramoor and Opera in Williamsburg. In 2019 Murillo completed a two-year residency with Utah Opera where he sang over 450 performances with the company.

Murillo received his Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Michigan, and a Master of Music in Opera and Voice Performance from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. 
 

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