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”!

In 2021, he 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.

In recent seasons, 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.  Additional 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, a return to Houston Grand Opera for their production of Parsifal, and his international début as Tony in Francesca Zambello’s production of West Side Story.

Calendar

Event Date
Jul 25
to
Aug 1
Le Roi Arthus
Laborer
Bard Summerscape
Annadale-on-Hudson
Event Date
Sep 22
Opera in the Outfield
Minnesota Opera
Minneapolis, MN
Event Date
Nov 5
to
Nov 7
Lucia di Lammermoor
Edgardo
Madison Opera
Madison, WI
Event Date
Dec 9
to
Dec 19
The Snowy Day
Jaspar
Houston Grand Opera
Houston, TX
Event Date
Feb 28
to
Mar 26
Don Carlos
(Herald)
The Metropolitan Opera
New York, NY
Event Date
Apr 23
to
Apr 28
Fellow Travelers
Timothy Laughlin
Florida Grand Opera
Miami, FL
Event Date
Jun 5
to
Jun 24
Awakenings
Mr. Rodriguez
Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
St. Louis, MO

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”!

In the current season, Acosta returns 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, by Joel Thompson and Andrea Davis Pinkney, based on the children’s picture book by Ezra Jack Keats.  He will also workshop the role of the Pigeon Keeper in Santa Fe Opera’s commission of The Pigeon Keeper by David Hanlon and Stephanie Fleischmann, and will join the roster of The Metropolitan Opera for Don Carlos.  Later in the season he will make his house début with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis in the world premiere of Tobias Picker’s Awakenings as Mr. Rodriguez.

In 2021, he 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.

In recent seasons, 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.  Additional 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, a return to Houston Grand Opera for their production of Parsifal, and his international début as Tony in Francesca Zambello’s production of West Side Story.

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.

Press

"...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.”

"...his open-hearted enthusiasm remains magnetic..." – Pioneer Press

Fellow Travelers – “Andres Acosta brings such an endearing innocence to Tim as to set the heart alight. His aria in the church brings the joy within Spears’ score to full flower, and his open-hearted enthusiasm remains magnetic during the couple’s love scenes, even when Hawk’s words can give you the unsettling feeling that, for him, this is more about exploitation than love.”

"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."