Roberto Ortiz

Tenor (Mexico)

Roberto Ortiz is a young mexican tenor, who started his academic singing studies at the "Escuela Superior de Musica" in Mexico City where he obtained his Bachelor of Music degree. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London pursuing a Masters (MA) in vocal studies with the international renowned British tenor Ryland Davies. Since his childhood Roberto has been singing in choirs and giving solo performances in Mexico, U.S.A., Argentina and China. He has toured Italy, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Spain and Lithuania. He made his professional debut in the role of Damon in Handel's Acis and Galatea, a work presented at the inauguration of the State Arts Center in the city of San Luis Potosi, Mexico.

His international appearances include two performances with Capella Cervantina (directed by the international flutist and conductor Horacio Franco) at the inauguration of the Mexican pavilion in the World Water Expo Zaragoza 2008, Spain, as well as the Vilnius Festival 2008 in Lithuania. Roberto has participated in master classes with many leading singers: Mexican tenors Fernando de la Mora and Flavio Becerra; the Mexican soprano Regina Orozco; the countertenor Hector Sosa; the internationally renowned artists, the tenor Jose Cura and soprano Catherine Malfitano, the tenor Dennis O'Neill ; he has received coaching from Susan Young and Joan Dornemann ( Metropolitan Opera House , New York) . In April 2009 he performed the Petite Messe Solennelle (Rossini) as soloist with the "National Welsh Chorale of London" under the baton of the renowned director Gareth Hancock.

He won first prize at the prestigious 2009 Richard Lewis/ Jean Shanks Award. He is supported by the Norman McCann Prize and has a scholarship from the Solti Foundation.

In 2011 Roberto received several tuition/travel grants from the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation (UK).