Congratulations to Carlos Feliciano ('14 M.M. Voice Performance) who was selected to participate as tenor soloist for the mass led by Pope Francis at the Basilica of the National Shrine in Washington D.C. on September 23, 2015. This, the first canonization mass performed in the United States by Pope Francis, honors Junípero Serra (1713-1784), a Spanish Franciscan friar who founded missions in Baja, CA and Mexico. Carlos, along with two other soloists, will perform Albricias Mortales, a piece by Baroque Mexican composer Manuel de Zumaya (1678-1755).
Carlos’ 2014-2015 season included his debut as Il Duca di Mantova in Rigoletto, and a return to Williamsport Symphony Orchestra as the tenor soloist for Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 2 (“Lobgesang.”) He understudied the main tenor role in the world premiere of El Pasado Nunca se Termina, which toured at Lyric Opera of Chicago and San Diego Opera. He also sang in Pittsburgh as a soloist for Resonance Works’ Flamenco y Tango, and performed a recital of Puerto Rican folk songs with guitar duo "Lisa y Josué" at the National Opera Center in New York City.
A proponent of new music, Carlos was heard in the New York Opera Society’s premieres of Supersize Girl and Max und Moritz, both by Norwegian composer Gisle Kvendokk. Other operatic credits include the role of Ernesto in Don Pasquale, Male Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Ferrando in Cosí fan tutte, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Fenton in Falstaff, Conte Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Chevalier de la Force in Dialogues of the Carmelites, Payador in María de Buenos Aires, King Kaspar in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Don Curzio in Le nozze di Figaro, Messaggiero in Aida, and Philistine Messenger in Samson et Dalila.
Equally comfortable on the concert stage, Carlos has performed as a soloist at Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Canciones y arias; a cantar con toda el alma, and with the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra, State College Choral Society, Oslo Symphony, Erie Philharmonic, and the Chatham Baroque Ensemble.
He has received numerous awards, including winning first place at the Five Towns Music and Arts Foundation competition. He was a finalist at the Violetta DuPont Voice Competition and has received grants from the Sprout Fund, the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, and the Pittsburgh Concert Society. He has served as a resident artist at Pittsburgh Opera and as a young artist at New Jersey Opera.
While at Penn State, Carlos was a voice student of Richard Kennedy. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Manhattan School of Music and is currently pursuing his doctorate in voice performance at the Catholic University of America.