Tenor Christopher Colmenero began his first season at Minnesota Opera, singing Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet and Froh in Das Rheingold He also covered the title role of Roméo and 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 studio artist at Chautauqua Opera in 2014 and a 2016 Opera Saratoga apprentice artist. Christopher has distinguished himself as a district finalist at the 2016 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and was a third place Upper Midwest Regional Winner in the 2017 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.