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Mexican tenor Eleazar Rodriguez has received acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic for his vibrant portrayals of leading roles in operas by Donizetti, Rossini, and Mozart. In the 2014-15 season, Mr. Rodriguez returns to Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe singing, amongst others, Ein Sänger in Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier and David in Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. He also can be seen as Fenton in Verdi’s Falstaff and Ferrando in Mozart's Cosi fan tutte. In his 2013-14 season Eleazar Rodriguez returned as a member of the ensemble to the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, where the press has remarked that “the theatre can consider itself lucky to have such a tenor” (Pamina Magazin), especially following his celebrated performance as Tonio in the company’s new production of Donizetti’s La Fille du Régiment in the 2012-13 season. He didn't only revive the role of Tonio, but he also performed the roles of Alfred in Die Fledermaus, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, David in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Rev. Horace Adams in Peter Grimes, Le Théière in L'enfant et les

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Mexican tenor Eleazar Rodriguez has received acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic for his vibrant portrayals of leading roles in operas by Donizetti, Rossini, and Mozart.

In the 2014-15 season, Mr. Rodriguez returns to Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe singing, amongst others, Ein Sänger in Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier and David in Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. He also can be seen as Fenton in Verdi’s Falstaff and Ferrando in Mozart's Cosi fan tutte.

In his 2013-14 season Eleazar Rodriguez returned as a member of the ensemble to the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, where the press has remarked that “the theatre can consider itself lucky to have such a tenor” (Pamina Magazin), especially following his celebrated performance as Tonio in the company’s new production of Donizetti’s La Fille du Régiment in the 2012-13 season. He didn't only revive the role of Tonio, but he also performed the roles of Alfred in Die Fledermaus, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, David in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Rev. Horace Adams in Peter Grimes, Le Théière in L'enfant et les sortilèges, and the Fisherman in Le Rossignol with the opera company. 

The tenor joined the ensemble at the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe in the 2011-12 season. There he sang such roles as Iopas in Berlioz’ Les Troyens, Tamino, and Leonato in Händel’s Alessandro. During the 2010-11 season, he was a member of the ensemble at Theater Heidelberg, where he took the stage as Tamino, Jaquino in a new production of Beethoven’s Fidelio, and Cassio and Rodrigo in Verdi’s Otello. He repeated the role of Rodrigo for his debut with Oper Frankfurt during the 2012-13 season. He also performed Tamino with the International Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv.

He was a member of the San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program in 2009 and 2010, where he performed Federico in Pietro Mascagni’s L’Amico Fritz. Other appearances in North America were with Michigan Opera Theatre in Detroit as Almaviva in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia, a role he also performed with Fremont Opera. In 2008 Mr. Rodriguez appeared in recital at the Kennedy Center. During the 2006-07 season, he sang lead roles in the world premieres of three operas in San Francisco: Salvador Dali in David Conte’s opera Famous, Lara in America Tropical, also by David Conte, and the title role in Young Caesar by Lou Harrison. He was also heard in concerts and recitals throughout Mexico, including at the Teatro del Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City.

His concert repertoire includes the tenor solos in the Coronation Mass and Requiem Mass by Mozart and Petite Messe Solennelle by Rossini. During the 2012-13 season, Mr. Rodriguez performed Les Illuminations by Britten with the Badische Staatskapelle Karlsruhe under Music Director Justin Brown and Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Lutherana Karlsruhe.

He earned a Bachelor of Music Degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where he received the “Outstanding Achievement Award” in 2007 and 2010. He also holds a Music Diploma from the Escuela Superior de Musica de la Universidad Autonoma de Coahuila. Mr Rodriguez studied with César Ulloa.

A native of Piedras Negras, Mexico, Eleazar Rodriguez is a recipient of the Placido Domingo voice scholarship given by Sociedad Internacional de Valores de Arte Mexicano, Mexico’s most renowned young artist programme. He is also a top prize winner in the Carlo Morelli National Competition in Mexico City. In 2011, he was a semi-finalist of the “Neue Stimmen” Competition in Germany.

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"David, sung by Eleazar Rodriguez, is the surprise „Meistersinger“ of the evening: […] he sings the role with great suppleness, outstanding phrasing and an ample, melting tone. "

Deutsche Bühne online, by Detlef Brandenburg (David in Die Meistersinger, Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe)

"Die stärkste sängerische Leistung bot Eleazar Rodriguez als Lehrbube David: Im Ausdruck angemessen buffonesk, aber mit einer feinen lyrischen Tonqualität und perfektem Stimmsitz. (The strongest vocal performance came from Eleazar Rodriguez as the cobbler’s apprentice David: with fitting comic expression, a refined lyrical quality and perfect vocal placement.) "

Deutschlandfunk, by Ingo Dorfmueller (David in Die Meistersinger, Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe)

"Der junge mexikanische Tenor überzeugte als David mit brillantem Deutsch, vorbildlich klarer Artikulation und angenehmem Stimmschmelz. "

Opernglas, by J.-M. Wienecke (David in Die Meistersinger, Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe)

"Among Merolini already well-recognized, it proved to be a special night for Rodriguez, whose voice rang out in the 3,200-seat War Memorial Opera House, in a heartwarming “Quoi! Vous m’aimez?” from The Daughter of the Regiment."

San Francisco Classical Voice (Tonio in La Fille du Régiment, Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe)

"Eine „Hammerarie“ versprach Operndirektor Joscha Schaback in seiner Moderation, als er die Arie des Tonio aus Donizettis „Regimentstochter“ ankündigte: Eleazar Rodriguez brillierte, als er neun hohe Cs absolut unangestrengt in den Bühnenhimmel schickte und mit angenehm gefärbtem, schlankem Tenor rundum überzeugte."

Rhein-Neckar Zeitung (Tonio in La Fille du Régiment, Philharmonisches Orchester Heidelberg)

"Und so ist es ein Glück für das Haus, einen Tenor wie den jungen Mexikaner Eleazar Rodriguez im Ensemble zu haben. Der muss als Tiroler Naturbursche Tonio, zugleich auch Geliebter von Marie, in seiner Bravour-Arie "Ah, mes amis ... Je suis soldat" nämlich nicht weniger als neunmal in die Schnee- und Eisregionen des "hohen C" hinaufklettern, was ihm auch mühelos gelingt. Doch deswegen ist Rodriguez noch lange kein stimmlicher Kraftprotz. Bei ihm überwiegen eindeutig Wohlklang und lyrische Qualitäten: eine Seltenheit. "

Pamina Magazin, by Christine Gehringer (Tonio in La Fille du Régiment, Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe)

"Als Tonio überzeugt der Mexikaner Eleazar Rodriguez besonders mit lyrischer stimmlicher Wärme und Sicherheit in der Höhenlage. "

Online Musik Magazin (Tonio in La Fille du Régiment, Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe)

"Das tut der junge Tenor Eleazar Rodriguez als Tonio mit einer der berüchtigsten Arien überhaupt. “Pour mon ame” verlangt mindestens acht, gerne neun hohe C’s. Rodriguez landet hier einen Treffer nach dem anderen, präzise, mit scheinbar ganz lässiger Leichtigkeit, und das alles in einen mitreißend musikalischen Duktus eingebettet. Wohlklingender und spielfreudiger kann man die Rolle des Tonio nicht geben."

Badisches Tagblatt, by Nike Luber (Tonio in La Fille du Régiment, Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe)