Versatile vocalists put on operatic medleys |

Versatile vocalists put on operatic medleys

Andrew Harley Daily A&E Writer

In the tradition of other three-tenor groups such as the Three Irish Tenors and Three Mo Tenors, Mexico’s Three Tenors feature the music of their culture alongside some of the world’s most popular operatic arias.Mexico’s Three Tenors’ more culture-specific pieces include the Latin genres of bolero, ranchera and zarzuela.”It would be presumptuous on my part to compare our three tenors to three of the greatest of all time (Pavarotti, Domingo and Carreras), but I can promise you that the quality of the voices of Mexico’s Three Tenors is very high,” said pianist Eric Steinman. “All are in the primes of their careers and are talented artists in their own right.”Steinman is the lone accompanist to the tenors, who are Cesar Rodriguez, Manuel Acosta and Ricardo Rodriguez.”The marvelous thing about Ricardo, Manuel and Cesar, is that besides their beautiful voices, they are wonderful on stage. They have a lot of fun, and this translates to the audience,” said Steinman. “I would say the greatest strength of their performance are the high-quality interpretations of the music, along with a sense of comedy that makes the show very entertaining.”Ricardo Rodriguez earned a degree in singing at Escuela Superior de Musica Danza in Monterrey, Mexico. His first professional performance occurred in 1991 with the National Opera Company in Guanajuato, Mexico. He performed the role of Almaviva in the “Barber of Seville.”The role of Almaviva is listed among Cesar Rodriguez’s recent successes, as he performed the role on a recent tour through northern Mexico. Cesar Rodriguez has studied music since he was 6 years old. As a highly-talented vocalist, he has had the opportunity to work with conductors like Enrique Patron, Mario Rodriguez Tabuada, Ramon Shade, Felix Carrasco and Anton Guadagno.Acosta started out in the role of the messenger in “Aida,” and went on to play the roles of Gaston in “La Traviata,” the prisoner in “Fidelio,” Rodolfo in “La Boheme,” Tamino in “Die Zauberfloete,” Don Octavio in “Don Giovanni” and Romeo in “Romeo et Juliet.” Acosta has also garnered much recognition as an oratorio vocalist, performing the solos in “Beethoven’s 9th,” Handel’s “Messiah” and Mozart’s “Coronation Mass.””We, as a group, are very passionate about music,” said Steinman. “I would say that, apart from our families, it is the most important thing in our lives. We are looking forward to sharing it with the people in our audiences. We are also very much looking forward to the tour in general.”Steinman, who began studying music at 13 at Julliard, spent 17 years teaching at Somers Intermediate School before he moved to Mexico to become the pianist for the Ballet de Monterrey. He then founded and assumed duties as the artistic director for Opera Metropolitana de Monterrey.”I cannot speak for the others, but I, for one, am very much looking forward to seeing Colorado’s snow-covered mountains,” said Steinman. “We, of course, have the Sierra Madres in Monterrey, but, needless to say, they are not snow-covered.”Mexico’s Three Tenors perform with Steinman at the Vilar Center Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in Beaver Creek.Andrew Harley can be reached at (970) 949-0555, ext.610, or at VersatileMexico’s Three TenorsTuesday, 7:30 p.m.Vilar Center, Beaver Creek

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