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Eduardo Chama

Co-Head of Opera

Associate Professor, Voice

Bass-baritone Eduardo Chama has received recognition for his work on both the operatic and concert stages around the world. He has worked in opera houses such as the Metropolitan Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, New Israeli Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Opéra de Montréal, Netherlands Opera, Vlaamse Opera in Belgium, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Opera de Puerto Rico, L’Opéra Français de New York, New York City Opera, Palermo Opera, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Genève Opera and Teatro Real, Madrid, Glimmerglass Opera, and Calgary Opera to name a few. Recognized for his vocal technique and presence; his signature roles include Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro) Leporello, (Don Giovanni) Mozart, Mephistopheles (Faust) Gounod, Four Villains (Tales of Hoffman) Offenbach, Amonasro (Aida) Verdi, Sancho (Don Quichotte) Massenet, and Fastaff (Falstaff) Verdi.

Winner of multiple competitions, in 2006 he was awarded a Grammy® for his collaboration as a soloist in the recording of the opera Ainadamar by Osvaldo Golijov. Other significant recordings include Jubilee Games, composed and conducted by Leonard Bernstein, and Le Nozze di Figaro, conducted by Zubin Mehta.

He has given master classes at Seattle Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Calgary Opera, Colorado Opera, Instituto Superior del Teatro Colon, Classical Singer Expo, and educational institutions like the Holy Cross College, MA; Lincoln State University, NE; and Millersville University, PA. He was on the voice faculty for the International Vocal Arts Institute (Israel, Montreal and Puerto Rico), Sociedad Internacional de Valores de Arte Mexicano, (SIVAM). Currently he is on the voice faculty at the prestigious Castleton Festival in Virginia.

At Mason Gross School of the Arts, he serves as co-head of the Opera Institute and on voice faculty.

  • Education

    BM in Voice
    BM in Theory and Conducting
    MM in Voice

    All degrees from the Rubin Academy in Jerusalem, Israel

  • Publications

    Recordings

    Bernstein L. (2002). Concerto For Orchestra "Jubilee Games" - 4. Benediction: Moderato, invocando [Recorded by Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, L. Bernstein, and E. Chama]. On Bernstein conducts Bernstein [7 CDs]. Berlin, Germany: Universal Classics & Jazz.

    Golijov O. (2006). Ainadamar / Act 2: Federico - 7. Confesión [Recorded by Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Ladies of the Atlanta Symphony Chorus, R. Spano, K. O'Connor, E. Chama, R. Asklof, S. Mayer, and N. Mackenzie]. On Fountain of Tears [CD]. Deutsche Grammophon.

    McFaul T. (2002). Mass in C minor [Recorded by Chamber players of New York, The Fry Street Quartet, T. McFaul, G. Feeney, J. Thorngren, M. Kofman, D. Meek, E. Valdes, and E. Chama]. On Mass in C minor [2 CDs].

    Wolfgang A. M. (2005). Le nozze di Figaro [Recorded by Fiorentino Maggio Musicale Orchestra, Fiorentino Maggio Musicale Chorus, S. Bertocchi, C. Bosi, E. Chama, P. Ciofi, M. Comparato, E. Contucci, G. Donadini, L. Gallo, E. Gvazava, G. Ricci, G. Surian]. On MOZART: Le nozze di Figaro (NTSC) [DVD]. Florence, Italy: TDKDVD.

  • Awards

    2006

    • Grammy Awards soloist collaboration for "Best Opera Recording" and "Best Classical Contemporary”. for the World-premiere recording of Argentinean composer Osvaldo Golijov: Opera Ainadamar.

    1997

    • The Richard F. Gold-Best Debut Artist Award at New York City Opera, Lincoln Center.

    1996

    • William M. Sullivan Foundation Grant winner, NY, USA

    1992

    • Finalist at the International Singing Competition of Toulouse, France

    1990

    • Finalist of The Bruce Yarnell Competition for Basses and Baritones, NY, USA

    1988

    • First Prize in Chamber Music Interpretation, The Rubin Academy of Music and Dance, Jerusalem, Israel

    1987

    • First Prize in 20th. Century Music Interpretation, The Rubin Academy of Music and Dance, Jerusalem, Israel

    1986

    • Finalist, The Israeli National Radio Competition for young musicians, Jerusalem, Israel