Mexican-American tenor Josaphat Contreras (he/him) is excited to be making his On Site Opera debut. Hailed for his “flexible” ringing tenor notes and comfortability in performing a diverse repertoire, Contreras completed his M.M. in Voice Pedagogy from the New England Conservatory of Music, where he was chosen as the commencement speaker for his graduating class of 2022. Contreras’ recent awards and artistic feats include a National Opera Association 1st prize win for his Mariachi research, international debut as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni at the historic Teatro Ángela Peralta in Mazatlán, Mexico, a performance as part of the Concerts in the Courtyard series at the Boston Public Library, and his soloist debut with the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra.
Recent and upcoming season highlights include his Mariachi research presentation at the Pan-American Vocology Association held in Miami, a solo recital presentation for the St.Mary’s Concert Series in the Upper East Side entitled El amor es todo: The diversity of Mexican song, and recently finishing both fall productions of Madame Butterfly and La Cenerentola with Boston Lyric Opera. Before starting rehearsals with On Site Opera, Josaphat finished an 8 show run with the Boston Pops Orchestra at the historic symphony hall in Boston, Massachusetts as a Boston Pops Holiday Singer. When not at rehearsal, Contreras serves as an associate voice instructor at the Eleonor England NYC Voice studio in midtown Manhattan.
When Josaphat is not working in music, he enjoys spending time with his partner Amanda Contreras, their daughter Ava Michelle, and their two dogs Rufus and Delilah.