Praised for his “remarkably tender bright ringing tone” (Orlando Sentinel) and “shimmering high notes” (Seen and Heard International), rising young Argentinian - American tenor Jose Simerilla Romero joins the studio of the Dutch National Opera in the 2020-21 season, where his roles will include Wagner and Nereo in Mefistofele, the Messenger in Aida, and Boy 1 in Trouble in Tahiti as a part of the 2021 Opera Forward Festival. He also sings Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore on tour in a coproduction with both Opera Zuid and Nederlandse Reisopera. His other upcoming engagements include Alfredo in La traviata with First Coast Opera.
Last season, he was engaged as an Apprentice Artist with Santa Fe Opera in their productions of Il barbiere di Siviglia, Die Zauberflöte, Tristan und Isolde, Rusalka, and the world premiere of 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 in “Land and Sea” with Tampa Bay Symphony.
While a member of the prestigious LA Opera Young Artist Program, Mr. Simerilla Romero made his LA Opera debut in the world premiere of Frédéric Chaslin’s Monte Cristo. Other recent performances include Alfredo in La traviata and B.F. Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, and Don Curzio in Le nozze di Figaro with Aspen Summer Music Festival, Rodolfo in La bohéme with Vienna Summer Music Festival, Duca in Rigoletto with Opera Naples, Dr. Blind in Die Fledermaus with Berlin Opera Academy, Albert in Albert Herring, Ottone in L’incoronazione di Poppea and Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor with Stetson University, Kaspar in Amahl and the Night Visitors with First Coast Opera, Danilo in The Merry Widow and Captain Tarnitz in The Student Prince with Orlando Light Opera, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte with Central Florida Vocal Arts, and Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus with Valencia College. On the concert stage, the tenor has performed Rossini’s Stabat Mater with the Vienna Summer Festival, Bach’s St John Passion with Nactional ACDA, Handel’s Messiah with Stetson University , and Brahms’ Liebeslier Walzer with Valencia College.
Mr. Simerilla Romero is an Award Winner from the Vienna International Music Competition and the Orpheus Vocal Competition, a finalist in the Rising Star International Competition with Vero Beach Opera, a 1st Place Winner at the Glory International Music Competition, and a Winner in the Florida District of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. He has participated in Houston Grand Opera’s Young Artist Vocal Academy, the LA Opera Young Artist Program, 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."