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 an 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 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 performing a recital titled “Songs for Martha“ in Chicago on June 9th at St. Chrysostom’s Church. He returns to Chicago from a pair of successful residencies in Florida where he sang with Sarasota Opera for their Winter 2019 and Fall 2018 Opera Seasons as an Apprentice Artist.
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.