Born in El Paso, TX, Sebastian Armendariz is an exciting upcoming Mexican-American tenor now based in Chicago, IL. Noted for his charm, musicality, and exhilarating upper register, he is a young artist perfectly suited for the Bel Canto repertoire and beyond.
He is the youngest of five children, a lover of music, soccer, dancing, and writing. Introduced to opera by his undergraduate voice teacher and mentor, Dr. Kenneth J. Pereira, Sebastian's love for performing met with the operatic tenor repertoire and he's since never looked back.
What's Coming and What's Passed
Sebastian is currently looking forward to returning to Sarasota, Florida to sing with Sarasota Opera for their 2019 Winter Opera Season as an Apprentice Artist. He returns after a successful residency as an Apprentice Artist for their 2018 Fall Opera Season.
On September 16th, Sebastian made an appearance with New Moon Opera in Chicago as a part of their 5th Anniversary Celebration.
In the Summer of 2018, Sebastian performed the title role of Prince Karl Franz for Chautauqua Institution’s summer production of The Student Prince by Romberg. While in residence at Chautauqua, Sebastian studied voice with Marlena Malas, coached and performed with Bénédicte Jourdois and Martin Dubé, participated in Master Classes with mezzo-soprano Claudia Catania, tenor William Burden and composer Ben Moore, worked individually with Brian Zeger, Craig Rutenberg, Mikael Eliason, and Michael Dean, and performed for members of the National Federation of Music Clubs in their annual scholarship recital.
In late August 2018, Sebastian returned to Eau Claire, Wisconsin to perform with Eauxpera, a new opera collective. He performed scenes and arias by Donizetti, Bizet, Romberg, and Brodszky for a one night event in the Chippewa Valley.
In June 2018, he graduated with his MM in Voice Performance from DePaul University where he studied with Julia Faulkner. He was seen in DePaul University’s production of Franz Lehar’s The Merry Widow (Camille), and presented his Master's Recital on May 26th, 2018 at DePaul University's Concert Hall. The program featured Tre sonetti di Petrarca by Liszt and a rarely performed Spanish song cycle Cantares de mi tierra by Julio Osma.
He performed the roles of Prologue and Quint in DePaul Opera Theater’s Fall 2017 production of The Turn of the Screw by Benjamin Britten. In August of 2017 he performed selected excerpts by Verdi, Rossini, and Leoncavallo in the inaugural performances of Eauxpera, a new opera collective in Eau Claire, WI.
He spent June 2017 singing with the Grant Park Chorus as a part of their Apprentice Chorale, and finished his first year of Master's study singing Rossini's Stabat Mater as the tenor soloist with DePaul University's Symphonic Choir and Orchestra.
In early 2017, Sebastian sang the role of Gherardo in DePaul Opera Theater's production of Gianni Schicchi by Puccini. Past productions with DePaul University Opera Theater include the fall 2016 production of Street Scene (Daniel Buchanan).
In December 2016, he performed alongside distinguished alumni tenors Brent Ryan and Steve Wallace as a part of the Three DePaul Tenors in the Tenth Anniversary of Christmas at DePaul. He has also been featured as a tenor soloist in DePaul University Concert Choir's performance of Britten's Rejoice in the Lamb.
During his time at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, Sebastian performed as Basilio in The Marriage of Figaro and Emcee in Cabaret as well as performing as the tenor soloist in Handel's Messiah and Orff's Carmina Burana. He has sung in Master Classes for Metropolitan Opera singers Sylvia McNair and Claudia Catania, and spent June 2016 in Lucca, Italy as a singer in Wichita State University's summer program "Canta in Italia" where he performed arias and scenes by Rossini, Donizetti, and Verdi in concert.
Along with performing opera, oratorio, art song, and musical theater, Sebastian also collaborated with Dr. Kenneth J. Pereira and Alex Van Munger in the creation of a pastiche Bel Canto opera based on the Mexican folktale "Popo and Ixta" for which he wrote the libretto.