Praised for his “big, heroic voice” and “powerful emotions,” tenor Dane Suarez is in high demand across the nation. A 2014 National Semi-Finalist of The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Mr. Suarez made his John F. Kennedy Center debut in 2015 with Washington National Opera as Ely Parker in Philip Glass’s Appomattox. Other notable engagements include Mr. Suarez’s New York City Opera debut as Joe in La fanciulla del West and his highly successful stint as a resident artist with Opera San José where he debuted the roles of Alfredo in La traviata, Ruggero in La rondine, and as Erik in Wagner’s early masterpiece Der fliegende Holländer. Subsequently, Mr. Suarez was reengaged by Opera San José to portray such iconic tenor leads as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Greenhorn in Jake Heggie’s Moby-Dick, and the tortured Canio in Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci. Recent engagements include a reprisal of Erik with Baltimore Concert Opera, a reprisal of Rodolfo alongside wife Kerriann Otaño’s Mimì with Pacific Opera Project, role and company debuts as Fenton in Falstaff with West Bay Opera, and a return to Opera NEO in a role debut of Lensky; hailed by critics as “a vocal tour de force of surpassing splendor” and Mr. Suarez’s return to West Bay Opera in his role debut as Macduff in Macbeth. Upcoming engagements include returning to Fort Worth Opera as Rodolfo in La bohème, reprising the role of Don José in Carmen with Festival Opera returning to Opera NEO as the title role in Faust and 2nd Armored Man in The Magic Flute and debuting the role of Manrico in Il trovatore with Opera in the Heights. Mr. Suarez will also make appearances as a featured artist in concerts with The Loren L. Zachary Society, Maryland Opera, and Il Cenacolo Club of San Francisco.
In addition to joining Opera San José in 2017, Mr. Suarez also lent his "rich, warm tenor" to Pacific Opera Project's remount of La bohème AKA: "The Hipsters" as Rodolfo, where the Act I duet was described as "a transfixing moment of sublime beauty.” Summer 2019 saw Mr. Suarez’s debut in the title role in Mozart’s Idomeneo with Opera NEO and his return to Pacific Opera Project as Don José presented in the iconic Ford Amphitheatre. The 2016 season was highlighted by returns to Opera in the Heights as Rodolfo, to Opera Memphis for 30 Days of Opera, to Sarasota Opera as Flaminio in Montemezzi’s L’amore dei tre re and a cover of Pinkerton where he was subsequently awarded the Mandelker Award for Outstanding Studio Artist, and a return to Fort Worth Opera for their 2017 Frontiers Showcase. Recital work in 2016 included performances with Permian Basin Opera, Annapolis Opera, and Lyric Opera Baltimore. Additionally, Mr. Suarez was pictured on the front page of The Arts section of The New York Times and lauded for his “beautiful, soaring, and moving” performance as Cavaradossi in LoftOpera’s production of Tosca that “brought down the house.”
Other past credits include Opera Memphis as Don José in La tragédie de Carmen and Beppe in Pagliacci, a run with Crested Butte Music Festival as Rodolfo, his role debut as Il Duca in Rigoletto at Opera in the Heights, his Fort Worth Opera debut as Marcellus in Thomas’s Hamlet, Pedrillo in Die Entferung, Mr. Splinters in The Tender Land, and covering Tony in West Side Story all with Opera North, and his turn as Shuisky alongside the inimitable Eric Owens in the Coronation Scene from Boris Godunov.
Mr. Suarez’s training includes residencies at Opera Memphis, Sarasota Opera, at the Castleton Festival under the baton of the late Maestro Lorin Maazel, at Sugar Creek Opera (formerly Sugar Creek Symphony and Song) as a Danis Wilson Apprentice Artist, and with Illinois Opera Theatre where Mr. Suarez created the role of Ramdas for the world premiere of Stephen Taylor’s Paradises Lost.
In addition to his recent success in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Mr. Suarez has been recognized and awarded by multiple organizations including The Loren L. Zachary Society for the Performing Arts as a Semi-Finalist, the Giulio Gari International Voice Competition as a Finalist, Opera Birmingham Vocal Competition as a Semi-Finalist, Sarasota Opera with the afore mentioned Mandelker Award in 2017, Brava! Opera Theater Vocal Competition as a Finalist, The Mary Jacobs Smith Singer of the Year Competition as a Semi-Finalist, the Beethoven Club of Memphis as First Place winner, the Bel Canto Foundation Bella Voce Award, and Sigma Nu Fraternity, Inc. Talent of the Year award. Mr. Suarez is a member of the Mu Phi Epsilon International Music Fraternity and Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society; He holds a bachelor’s degree in music from Butler University and a master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.