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Enrique Toral - Tenor

Hailed as “an excellent tenor” by The Boston Globe, ENRIQUE TORAL is an artist who has won acclaim across North America and Europe for the beauty and incisiveness of his singing and for his dynamic stage portrayals.  Enrique Toral has appeared with the New York City Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Cincinnati Opera, San Diego Opera, New Orleans Opera, Opera Carolina, New Jersey State Opera, Connecticut Grand Opera, Opera Tampa, Sarasota Opera and El Paso Opera and has over 45 operatic roles to his credit. The tenor made his European debut singing the leading tenor roles in a Rossini double bill as Edoardo Millfort in La Cambiale di Matrimonio and Florville in Il Signor Bruschino at the Teatro Sociale in Brescia, Italy. He has shared the stage with many leading operatic talents including performances of Otello as Roderigo opposite Carlo Bergonzi, Tosca as Spoletta with Aprile Millo and Normanno in Lucia di Lamermoor starring Sumi Jo. He made his Broadway debut as Parpignol in Baz Luhrmann’s Tony nominated La Bohéme on Broadway and appeared in the 57th Annual Tony Awards from Radio City Music Hall, broadcast on CBS.

 

Other highlights include Bardolfo in Falstaff under the baton of Seiji Ozawa – heard on NPR's World of Opera and an auspicious debut at the Ravinia Music Festival singing the title role in Falla’s El Retablo de Maese Pedro and the world premiere of John Bowle’s Lorca Songs. The Chicago Tribune averred “Under Sheffer's direction, the Eos Orchestra played to the hilt Falla's buoyancy and anachronism. Adding to the enchantment was the ardent and radiant singing of Enrique Toral.” A frequent collaborator with today's contemporary composers he has premiered a number of operas including, the Emmy nominated triptych opera Central Park, creating the roles of Roy, opposite Lauren Flanigan in Beaser’s The Food of Love and The Boy in Torke’s Strawberry Fields – seen nationally on PBS' Great Performances. He also created the role of Jacques Dupin in the world premiere of Thea Musgrave's opera Pontalba at New Orleans Opera, commissioned to mark the 200th anniversary of the Louisiana Purchase.

 

In San Diego, he has appeared with the Lyric Opera San Diego as The Defendant in Trial by Jury, a role he reprised for Bodhi Tree Concerts, Prunier in La Rondine and most notably in the title role of Rumpelstiltskin by Nicolas Reveles. Of his performances San Diego Theater Scene stated: “The very best thing about the production was the central performance. The magnificent tenor Enrique Toral was simply splendid as the nasty, conniving, greedy, hunched-over Rumpelstiltskin.” He was also seen in the world premiere of Sextet by Reveles with Diversionary Theater. He made his Copley Symphony Hall debut head-lining with the Romero Guitar Duo as a guest artist with the San Diego Master Chorale, performing selections from the zarzuela Luisa Fernanda. Toral reprised the role of Parpignol in La Bohéme for San Diego Opera to great reviews, including Opera Today: “As Parpignol, the toy vendor, Enrique Toral seemed to have a voice that should be heard more often.” His recent cabaret “Back to Broadway: The Songs I’ve Never Sung” was a sold-out hit, presented by Bodhi Tree Concerts. He will reprise the show next June as part of the Music Series of First United Methodist Church of San Diego.

 

Enrique Toral is also a passionate and much sought-after voice teacher, dramatic coach and stage director, his students attend prestigious music schools including Eastman School of Music, Northwestern University, New England Conservatory, Indiana University, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, University of Michigan to name a few, and they have gone on to successful solo and stage careers. His musical theater students have appeared on Broadway, national and international tours, as well as regional theaters. Opera singers appear with major companies throughout the country and abroad, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Carnegie Hall, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, Los Angeles Opera, New York City Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Opera de Bellas Artes. His students have won numerous awards in competitions including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the George London Foundation, the Jensen Foundation Vocal Competition, the Musical Merit Foundation, Virginia Hawk Vocal Competition and La Jolla Symphony & Chorus Competition.

 

Mr. Toral frequently presents masterclasses and workshops around the country and has served on juries for numerous competitions including the Schmidt Vocal Competition, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Music Teachers’ Association of California, Miss California, Texas Stars Music International Competition, and Miss California Volunteer, to name a few. He has served on the faculty of Opera NEO Summer Festival & Workshop, OperaWorks, Lyric Opera San Diego's Summer Academy and from 2006-2014 he was on the voice faculty at San Diego State University's School of Music and Dance and the School of Theater, Television and Film. He currently sits on the executive board of The Hawk Vocal Awards and has previously served on the board of the Music Scholarship Council and the National Association of Teachers of Singing – San Diego Chapter. For more information, please visit www.enriquetoral.com.