Praised for his "power, passion, and lyrical finesse" (Opera Magazine) and “ample voice of arrested quality” (Opera News), in the 2022/23 season, rising young Argentinian-Spanish-American tenor Jose Simerilla Romero joins the Nederlandse Reisopera as Rodolfo in La bohéme, makes his Los Angeles Philharmonic debut as Jaquino in Fidelio under the baton of Maestro Gustavo Dudamel, sings the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto in his Florida Grand Opera debut, makes his San Francisco Symphony debut singing the role of the Shepherd in Oedipus Rex led by Maestro Esa-Pekka Salonen, joins Opera Festival of Chicago singing Corrado in Il Corsaro, and is stepping in last minute to sing the role of Rodolfo with the 2022 Grand Teton Music Festival in a semi-staged version of La bohème. In addition, Mr. Romero makes his Komische Oper Berlin debut as Laërte in Hamlet, and also joins the ensemble of Staatsoper Hannover where his roles will include Rodolfo in La bohéme, Chevalier de la Force in Dialogues des Carmélites, and Prince Gwidon in Zar Saltan.
Last season he joined both Nederlandse Reisopera and First Coast Opera as Alfredo in their production of La traviata, and joined the studio of the Dutch National Opera & Ballet where his roles included Wagner and Nereo in Mefistofele, the Messenger in Aida, and Boy 1 in Trouble in Tahiti as part of the 2021 Opera Forward Festival, which were all unfortunately cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He also recently debuted the role of Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore in a coproduction with Opera Zuid, Nederlandse Reisopera, Dutch National Opera & Ballet, and was live-streamed through Opera Vision. He was also engaged as an Apprentice Artist with Santa Fe Opera in their productions of Il barbiere di Siviglia, Die Zauberflöte, and Tristan und Isolde, Rusalka, and Huang Ruo’s M. Butterfly as well as engaged to sing concerts with soprano Kristin Opolais with the Hungarian State Opera Orchestra and the Polska Filharmonia, and sang performances of “Land and Sea” with Tampa Bay Symphony.
Mr. Simerilla Romero is an Award Winner from the Chicago International Music Competition, the Camerata Bardi International Vocal Competition, the Jensen Foundation International Vocal Competition, the Opera Foundation, Metropolitan Opera National Council District Auditions, the Manhattan International Music Competition, Kyrenia Opera Vocal Competition, Vienna International Music Competition, Berliner International Music Competition, the Vero Beach Opera's "Rising Star" International Competition, the Orpheus Vocal Competition, and the Tampa Bay Symphony Jack Heller Competiton.
He has participated in Houston Grand Opera’s Young Artist Vocal Academy, the LA Opera Young Artist Program, the Dutch National Opera & Ballet Studio, the Carnegie Hall Weill Music Institute, and holds degrees from both Valencia College and Stetson University.
"MY COMMITMENT TO AUTHENTICITY WILL BE MY GUIDE."
WHY DO YOU SING ?
"Music has always filled my household. Both of my parents are huge lovers and admirers of classical music and opera. The voices of Mario Lanza, Jussi Björling, Franco Corelli, and the popular Three Tenors surrounded me growing up. Since the crib, I have always enjoyed the emotional connection and joy I feel when listening and singing along with their music. My father is my greatest inspiration. People truly love his voice. He always wanted to be a singer and possessed natural raw talent to succeed, but due to his family's views toward a musical career, he was never given the chance. It's his greatest regret. So when I chose to pursue a career in music, his encouragement became my source of inspiration.
I honestly feel that I have found my true calling. I am never more passionate or feel more free than when I sing. I believe music is truly the most perfect expression of emotion, and as long as I make music and pursue this dream, I know that my commitment to authenticity will be my guide. There are millions of singers with great voices, but many of them don't sing from the heart. Singing with heart is the goal; singing with heart is the key ingredient. Anything less is cheating the audience, and ultimately cheating yourself."