Dane Suarez is quickly establishing himself as a “warm and robust tenore spinto” with “pure earth-shaking lyricism.” He sang on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera as a 2014 National Semi-Finalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and this past season, made his John F. Kennedy Center debut with Washington National Opera as Ely Parker in Glass’s Appomattox. This season, Suarez returned to Opera in the Heights for his “golden throated” Rodolfo in La bohème, to Opera Memphis for their nationally recognized 30 Days of Opera, and to Sarasota Opera to cover Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly and to sing Flaminio in Montemezzi’s L’amore dei tre re. Additionally, he was seen in recital at Midland Opera Theater & Permian Basin Opera with his fiancée Kerriann Otaño and with Annapolis Opera. He will be featured again this spring as a part of Fort Worth Opera‘s 2017 Frontiers Showcase workshopping four roles and working closely with the composers. He will compete as a Semi-Finalist in the 39th Annual Opera Birmingham Competition this May, he’ll reprise the role of Don José (Carmen) with Muddy River Opera Company in June, and will be featured in a verismo recital this July in Baltimore. Next season, Dane will join Opera San José as a resident artist where he will perform the roles of Ruggero (La rondine), Alfredo (La traviata), and Erik (Der fliegende Holländer).

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Last season, he was pictured on the front page of the Arts Section of The New York Times for his “beautiful, soaring, and moving” performance as Cavaradossi (Tosca) with LoftOpera that “brought down the house.” He returned to Opera Memphis for 30 Days of Opera and to sing Beppe (I Pagliacci) and Don José (La tragédie de Carmen). Last summer, he joined Crested Butte Music Festival to sing Rodolfo (La bohème). In the 2014-2015 season, Suarez starred as Il Duca (Rigoletto) at Opera in the Heights and made his mainstage debut with Fort Worth Opera in Thomas’s Hamlet. For summer 2015, Dane returned to Opera North for two mainstage roles (Pedrillo in Die Entführung aus dem Serail and Mr. Splinters in The Tender Land) and covered Tony in West Side Story. In summer 2014, Dane made his role debut as Don José (Carmen) at Aspen Music Festival and was heard as Shuisky alongside Eric Owens in the Coronation Scene from Boris Godunov. The 2013-2014 season brought Suarez to Opera Memphis as tenor artist-in-residence where he was featured as Borsa and covered Il Duca (Rigoletto) and Nanki-Poo (The Mikado). In summer 2013, he first joined Opera North to cover Edgardo and sing Normanno (Lucia di Lammermoor).

For 2012-2013, Mr. Suarez was an apprentice artist at Sarasota Opera covering the roles of Curley (Floyd: Of Mice and Men) and L’Imperatore (Turandot). He joined Maestro Lorin Maazel at the Castleton Festival where he sang Henrik (A Little Night Music) and appeared with the Castleton Festival at the Royal Opera House Muscat in Oman where he performed in La Bohème. In 2012, Suarez was featured as the tenor soloist with one of the world’s leading dance companies, Mark Morris Dance Group, at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. In summer 2011, he was a Danis Wilson Apprentice Artist at Sugar Creek Opera (formerly Sugar Creek Symphony and Song.) Other recent credits include Il Duca di Mantova (Rigoletto) and Bardolfo (Falstaff) with Voci nel Montefeltro, Bill (A Hand of Bridge) and King Kaspar (Amahl and the Night Visitors) with the UI Opera Studio. He sang First Man in Armour (Die Zauberflöte) and created the role of Ramdas for the world premiere of Stephen Taylor’s Paradises Lost with Illinois Opera Theatre. While completing his undergraduate degree, he performed Tamino (The Magic Flute) with Butler Opera Theatre.

In addition to his recent success in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Suarez has been recognized by multiple organizations including Sarasota Opera (Outstanding Studio Artist), Beethoven Club of Memphis (First Place), Bel Canto Foundation (Bella Voce Award), Sigma Nu Fraternity, Inc. (International Talent of the Year), Mu Phi Epsilon International Music Fraternity, Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, and he won the 2010 Butler University Concerto Competition singing Ravel’s Cinq mélodies populaires grecques. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Butler University and a master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.