José Rubio - Cardinal #1 / Priest
Previously at Portland Opera: Mercurio, La Calisto (2009); Marullo, Rigoletto (2009); Schaunard, La Bohème (2009); Policeman, Orphée (2009); Baron Douphol, La Traviata (2008)
Internationally acclaimed Baritone José Rubio has quickly established himself as an important young artist, performing at major and regional venues across the country. Equally comfortable in the concert hall as on the operatic stage, Mr. Rubio recently made his Carnegie Hall Recital Debut which was met with great acclaim. The Opera Insider proclaimed that the "...recital was nothing short of stellar." describing the performance as "...an hour of intensely passionate singing and playing. It could have gone on forever without complaint."
This past summer he performed the title role of Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with the Music Academy of the West. The LA Times heralded him as a “…Figaro with an impressively booming baritone.” While in Santa Barbara, he was personally selected by legendary mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne to perform for William and Catherine Windsor, the newlywed Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, at a high profile charity event at the Santa Barbara Polo Club. During the same summer, Mr. Rubio was selected as runner up in the prestigious Marilyn Horne Song Competition.
This past season marked his New York City operatic debut in a world premiere production with Encompass Opera. Mr. Rubio's performance was praised in creating the male lead, Luiz, for the new American opera, Angel of the Amazon. In North Carolina, he was engaged to perform the title role in Gianni Schicchi as a guest artist at Elon University. José began the 2011 season as Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro with the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, where he is currently a candidate for the Artist Diploma in Opera.
In 2010 he completed a 2-year engagement as a Studio Artist with the Portland Opera. During his time there, Mr. Rubio performed and covered over twelve roles for the mainstage, and performed two recitals as part of the Portland Opera's recital series. His mainstage perfomances with Portland Opera include; Schaunard in La Bohème, Sam in Trouble in Tahiti, Mercurio in La Calisto, Fiorello in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Marullo in Rigoletto, Barone Douphol in La Traviata, and Tancredi in Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda. He also covered Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Guglielmo in Così Fan Tutte, Germont in La Traviata, and the title role in Rigoletto. His other leading credits include; Marcello in La Bohème, Dr. Rappaccini in La Hija de Rappaccini, Papageno in The Magic Flute, and Masetto in Don Giovanni.
He received his Master’s degree from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and holds a Bachelor’s from the University of Washington. José Rubio is a three time alumnus of the prestigious Music Academy of the West summer festival where he worked closely with Marilyn Horne, Warren Jones, and music staff from San Francisco and Metropolitan Opera. He has also spent three summers in Italy performing and studying language at the Opera Theater and Music Festival of Lucca. In 2008, Mr. Rubio won the Metropolitan Opera National Council District Competition in Oregon.