Ricardo Garcia recently returned from a successful summer at Music Academy of the West, where he debuted the role of Jenik in The Bartered Bride to great acclaim under the baton of Matthew Aucoin. He was invited by composer Joseph Julian Gonzales to sing the Aztec Oratorio Misa Azteca where the Southern Oregon performing Arts
Review wrote “Mr. Garcia contributed a rich tenor voice, well controlled and quite moving to hear”. In 2016 he appeared in a Distinguished Alumni Recital Concert for Songfest in a program of Spanish, Italian and English songs and in 2015, appeared at Songfest where he coached with Martin Katz, John Aler, Susanne Mentzer and Dawn Upshaw. In 2014 Ricardo placed in the Brava! Opera Theater Vocal Competition and received an Encouragement award at the San Francisco District Met National Council Auditions. Also that year he won the Adrian Boyer Vocal Competition at the Bayview Music Festival where he debuted the role of Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte.
Ricardo also has been active in the west-coast musical theater scene. In 2015 he performed the role of David in King David by Alan Menken and Tim Rice at 3 Crosses Church Theater and premiered the role of Moses in The Prince of Egypt in 2011 with the same company to great acclaim. Also in 2011, Ricardo placed in Palm Springs Opera Guild Competition.
Role debuts in 2016 included Peter Quint in the San Francisco Conservatory’s production of Britten’s Turn of the Screw, and as featured soloist in the musical This Christmas with 3 Crosses Church Theater. Upcoming engagements in 2017 include concert appearances with the SongFest Winter Intensive, Marilyn Horne’s The Song
Continues at Carnegie Hall, and a role debut as Fenton in Verdi’s Falstaff with Opera on the James. Later this season he sings the role of Houssar in Stravinsky’s Mavra, as well as the tenor soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Eureka Symphony, followed by a studio artist residency with Wolf Trap Opera this summer. Upcoming roles include Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte with Opera on the James. A student at the prestigious San Francisco Conservatory of Music, he is a student of Cesar Ulloa. He earned his Bachelor’s degree at the University of the Pacific.