Andres Acosta

Andres Acosta

Cuban-American tenor Andres Acosta continues to stand out through his strong vocal presence and magnetic acting. Labeled by critics as “endearing,” with “clarion high notes,” his “intense pathos” has left audiences exclaiming “More Andres please”!

This season, Andres will star as Tony in Francesca Zambello’s much-anticipated production of West Side Story at the Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, reprise the role of Timothy Laughlin in Virginia Opera’s production of Fellow Travelers, as well as début multiple roles in Ghosts, a new triptych of one-act operas composed by Nicolas Reveles and produced by San Diego Opera. Additionally, Acosta will sing the role of Ismaele in Nabucco with the Washington Concert Opera. 

 

Calendar

Event Date
Jun 5
to
Jun 24
Awakenings
Mr. Rodriguez
Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
St. Louis, MO
Event Date
Aug 6
to
Aug 20
The Elixir of Love
Nemorino
Seattle Opera
Seattle, WA
Event Date
Dec 15
to
Dec 23
West Side Story
Tony
Teatro lirico di Cagliari
Cagliari, Italy
Event Date
Jan 27
to
Feb 12
Fellow Travelers
Timothy Laughlin
Virginia Opera
Norfolk, VA
Event Date
Mar 4
Nabucco
Ismaele
Washington Concert Opera
Washington, D.C.
Event Date
Apr 14
to
Apr 16
Ghosts
San Diego Opera
San Diego, CA

Artist Bio

Cuban-American tenor Andres Acosta continues to stand out through his strong vocal presence and magnetic acting. Labeled by critics as “endearing,” with “clarion high notes,” his “intense pathos” has left audiences exclaiming “More Andres please”!

Last season, Acosta joined the roster of The Metropolitan Opera for Don Carlos, made house débuts with both Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, as Mr. Rodriguez in the world premiere of Tobias Picker’s Awakenings, and with Seattle Opera as Nemorino in Elixir of Love. Acosta also returned to Madison Opera for his role début as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Florida Grand Opera to reprise the role of Timothy in Gregory Spears’ Fellow Travelers, and Houston Grand Opera as Jasper in the world premiere of The Snowy Day.

This season, Andres will star as Tony in Francesca Zambello’s much-anticipated production of West Side Story at the Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, reprise the role of Timothy Laughlin in Virginia Opera’s production of Fellow Travelers, as well as début multiple roles in Ghosts, a new triptych of one-act operas composed by Nicolas Reveles and produced by San Diego Opera. Additionally, Acosta will sing the role of Ismaele in Nabucco with the Washington Concert Opera. 

Recently, Acosta made a series of house débuts: with the Ravinia Festival in Bernstein’s Mass which was broadcast in 2020 as part of PBS’s Great Performance series; with the Atlanta Opera as Alejandro in Frida; with the Pittsburgh Opera, reprising the role of Arcadio in Florencia en el Amazonas; with Madison Opera reprising the role of Timothy Laughlin in Fellow Travelers; and with the Houston Grand Opera as Father Matias in El Milagro del Recuerdo. Andres appeared with Minnesota Opera as a tenor soloist for a live performance highlighting Latinx vocal music alongside some of opera’s classic hits, appeared with Bard SummerScape Festival as the Laborer in King Arthur directed by Louisa Proske, joined Opera San Antonio’s production of Lucia di Lammermoor as Arturo, and sang a digital solo recital for Madison Opera. 2020 and 2021 engagements were to include a return to Minnesota Opera as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, a début with the Glimmerglass Festival in the same role, and a return to Houston Grand Opera for their production of Parsifal.

Previous engagements also include his highly-acclaimed portrayal of Timothy Laughlin in Minnesota Opera’s production of Fellow Travelers by Greg Spears, Arcadio in Florencia en el Amazonas with Pensacola Opera, and Theatre Latté Da’s national tour of Peter Rothsteins’s All is Calm as Victor Granier. In concert he débuted with the Cincinnati Symphony for their autumn Pops Concert, the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra in Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti, and LOFTrecital for Bernstein’s Songfest 

Acosta was an Apprentice at the Merola Opera Program and a member of Minnesota Opera’s Resident Artist Program. His season included covering and performing Duca in Rigoletto, Gennaro in Lucrezia Borgia, Nicias in Thaïs, Beppe in Rita, and Ernesto in Don Pasquale.

Acosta is a recipient of Opera America’s 2018 Career Blueprints grant and a Gerda Lissner and Sullivan Foundation Award semifinalist. He received an Encouragement award as a Central Regional finalist for the Metropolitan Opera National Council competition in 2017 and won awards in the Dorothy Lincoln-Smith competition and the National Society of Arts and Letters competition. He was awarded the Judy George Junior Young Artist First Prize Award in the 2015 Young Patronesses of the Arts competition and is recognized as a Braulecht Estate Endowed and Music Guild Scholar.  He also competed as a semifinalist in Houston Grand Opera’s Eleanor McCollum Competition.

Acosta attended Indiana University for his Masters of Music as a student of Carol Vaness. He graduated with a Bachelors in Arts degree from Florida State University where he studied with David Okerlund. 

Updated September 6, 2022

Video

Timothy Laughlin’s aria – Fellow Travelers

“Del destino” – Florencia en el Amazonas

“Una furtiva lagrima” – L’elisir d’amore 

‘Maria” – West Side Story

Press

"the vocal showstopper one hopes it will be.” – Opera Wire

The Elixir of Love – “Andres Acosta was perfection as Nemorino, making his Seattle debut. Handsome with a charming demeanor, he played the role more as a hopeless romantic than a rube. He was sweet-natured and gullible, but not foolish. Acosta’s honey lyric voice was even and graceful across his range, He displayed a beautifully controlled legato and his phrasing was especially sublime during “Una furtiva lagrima,” which was the vocal showstopper one hopes it will be.”

"...he excelled at every demand placed upon him. More Andres please.” – Minnesota Playlist

Fellow Travelers – “And let’s talk about Andres Acosta… this young tenor has been a resident artist with MN Opera all season and has played small roles in every show this year. And praise all that is holy, he’s finally been given the leading role! From his sheepish and delicate opening scene to his existential-crisis-turned-to-art-aria in the church pew, he excelled at every demand placed upon him. More Andres please.”

"Andres Acosta lends his resplendent tenor..." – Arts ATL

Frida – “Andres Acosta lends his resplendent tenor to the roles of Alejandro and Leon Trotsky.”

"...clarion high notes and general comic breathlessness" – SF Gate

Merola Grand Finale Concert – "...it would be hard to top tenor Andres Acosta’s burst of joy from Donizetti’s “Rita,” with its clarion high notes and general comic breathlessness"

"...Acosta sang robustly and with intense pathos..." – Bay Area Reporter

Merola Grand Finale Concert – "Tenor Andres Acosta sang robustly and with intense pathos as the boy faced with the legendary poisoner."