Tenor Christopher Colmenero begins his first season as a Minnesota Opera Resident Artist, singing Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet and Froh in Das Rheingold. He also covers the title role of Roméo, and later, Rodolfo in La Bohème. Other engagements include performing Judge Danforth in Robert Ward’s The Crucible for Purchase Opera and Carlson in Carlisle Floyd’s Of Mice and Men for the Phoenicia Festival. Mr. Colmenero also sang Pablo Neruda in Daniel Catán's Il Postino at Mannes Opera, as well as the Male Chorus in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, and the title role in Stravinsky’s Mavra. At the Purchase College Conservatory of Music, where he received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, he performed the roles of Prince Charmant in Cendrillon, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, and Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi. He was also a young artist at Chautauqua Opera in 2014. Christopher has distinguished himself as a district finalist at the 2016 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.