An El Paso Texas native, Mexican-American Baritone Luis Alejandro Orozco has been praised for his “voluminous baritone and beautiful legato.”
Mr. Orozco’s 2022-2023 season begins with Nashville Opera, singing Marcello in La bohème. Additionally, he returns to the Metropolitan Opera as a Flemish Deputy in Don Carlos. Last season included his Metropolitan Opera debut, singing the Prime Minister in their English version of Cendrillon. Last season he also curated and sang in a Hispanic Heritage Concert with Fort Worth Opera, followed by his debut with Virginia Opera as Marcello in a condensed, one-act version of La bohème. He then returned to Opéra de Lyon to remount Maria de Buenos Aires on their mainstage, singing El Payador, joined Intermountain Opera as the Count in Le nozze di Figaro, and appeared with Minnesota Opera in a gala concert.
During the COVID-19 impacted 2020-2021 season, Luis Orozco made his Swiss debut as Riolobo in Florencia en el Amazonas with Theater St. Gallen, was slated to make his role debut as Giorgio Germont in La traviata with Dayton Opera (cancelled), perform Escamillo in Carmen with Pensacola Opera, and appear with Opera Southwest for the role of Diego in Frida (cancelled). He also joined the Nuits de Fourvière Festival to sing El Payador in Maria de Buenos Aires in collaboration with Opéra de Lyon, appeared in recital with Opera Saratoga, and collaborated with More Than Musical to create a filmed production of La bohème, singing Marcello. In the summer of 2021 he joined Opera Maine as Belcore in L’elisir d’amore and the St. Croix Vally Opera for their Opera on the River concert.
Luis began his COVID-19 shortened 2019-2020 season with Opera in Williamsburg singing Zurga in The Pearl Fishers (performed), then joined Opera Roanoke to sing Silvio in their production of Pagliacci (performed). With Opera Santa Barbara, he debuted the role of Sharpless in Madama Butterfly (performed), followed by performances as the baritone soloist in Carmina Burana with Wichita Symphony Orchestra (performed). He essayed the bass solos in part one of Handel’s Messiah with the Las Vegas Philharmonic (performed), appeared as Maximillian in Candide with Syracuse Opera (performed), and was scheduled to sing Escamillo with Florentine Opera in their production of Tragedy of Carmen (cancelled).
During the summer of 2018, Luis appeared as Escamillo in Carmen with Mill City Summer Opera, and traveled across Russia in a concert tour honoring Bernstein. His 2018-2019 season began with his Arizona Opera company debut, singing El Payador in Maria de Buenos Aires. He joined both Opera Santa Barbara and Anchorage Opera as Marcello in La bohème, and returned to the role of Riolobo in Florencia en el Amazonas with Pensacola Opera.
Luis began the 2017-2018 season with Mill City Summer Opera as El Payador in Maria de Buenos Aires, a role which also marked his debut with Nashville Opera and the Fort Worth Opera. He also made his debut with San Diego Opera as Riolobo in Florencia en el Amazonas, and returned to Syracuse Opera as Escamillo in Carmen, Anchorage Opera as Hannah before in As One, and New Orleans Opera as El Payador in Maria de Buenos Aires.
Previous seasons have included performances of Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Florentine Opera and Syracuse Opera, Escamillo in Carmen with Michigan Opera Theater, Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette with Lyric Opera Baltimore, Opera Grand Rapids, and Austin Lyric Opera, Belcore in L’elisir d’amore with Opera Santa Barbara, Riolobo in Florencia en el Amazonas with Washington National Opera and Arizona Opera, Hannah before in As One with Urban Arias, Taddeo in L’italiana in Algeri with Opera Santa Barbara, Perichaud in La Rondine with Opera Theater of St. Louis, the title role in Don Giovanni with Opera Western Reserve, and Marcello in La bohéme with Kentucky Opera. He is also known as the leading interpreter in the United States for the role of El Payador in Piazzolla’s Maria de Buenos Aires, a role which he has performed at Florida Grand Opera, Cincinnati Opera, the Aspen Music Festival, and Anchorage Opera.
Overseas, Orozco has performed the role of Papageno in Mozart’s Magic Flute, with The Seoul International Opera Festival in South Korea, and the title role in Rossini’s Il Signor Bruschino with the CCM Spoleto Festival. Orozco was a part of the Kennedy Center World Stages Festival in the premiere staged reading of Fallujah by composer Tobin Stokes in 2013.