The New York Times labeled Mr. Lovato, “the winning baritone” and has been described by Ricky Ian Gordon as, “One of the most connected and beautiful voices I have ever heard.” Mr. Lovato premiered the role of Harry Engel in Ricky Ian Gordon’s Morning Star in his Cincinnati Opera debut. He will be singing the role of Slim in Of Mice and Men with Austin Lyric Opera and returns as Young Raymond and the Nominee in its production of The Manchurian Candidate. He returns to Minnesota Opera to perform the role of Harlequin in Ariadne auf Naxos as well as Angelotti in Tosca. Mr. Lovato made his Minnesota Opera debut as the role of Sonora in La fanciulla del West and subsequently performed Young Raymond in the world premiere of The Manchurian Candidate by Kevin Puts and Mark Campbell as well as Le Dancaïre in Carmen with the Minnesota Opera. He is the winner of the George L. Hackett Prize in the Livingston Mather Competition.