Edgardo Rocha: I truly believe that competition is with oneself. There are many singers who can sing the same as me. But at the same time there is no one like myself, no person can be exactly the same as another person.

Edgardo Rocha was born in Rivera, Uruguay, where he graduated in piano, studied choral-orchestral conducting at the University of the Republic and began his voice preparation with Beatriz Pazos and Raquel Pierotti. He moved 2008 to Italy, where he studied with the prestigious tenor Salvatore Fisichella and attended the Rossini-Master Classes of the tenor Rockwell Blake and of the baritone Alessandro Corbelli. He is the winner of several singing competitions including the 51th Competition of Young Musicians of the Uruguay, Maria Callas International Singing Competition in Sao Paulo, (Brazil), Giulio Neri Competition in Siena (Italy) and the First Stage Competition in Cesena, (Italy), where he debuted the role of Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia by Rossini.In April 2014 he made his Parisian debut in the role of Rodrigo in Otello by Rossini at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées with the mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli. With the same role he appear for the first time at Pfingstfestpiele in Salzburg. In the role of Count Alberto from La Gazzeta by Rossini, he made his debut at the Opera Royal de Wallonie in Liège. Il turco in Italia by Rossini at the Teatro Regio di Torino. He debuts at La Scala as Jago in Rossini’s Otello with Juan Diego Florez and Gregory Kunde. Viaggio a Reims in the role of Belfiore and Le comte Ory by Rossini at the Zürich Opernhaus. Right away he sings Nadir in Les pêcheurs de perles by Bizet at the Nancy Opera, Arturo in Bellini’s I Puritani at the Stuttgart Opernhaus and Leopold in La Juive by Halevy at the Bayerische Staatsoper. He begins 2017 with a great european tour of La Cenerentola with Cecilia Bartoli for celebrate the 200 years of the first representation of Rossini’s master piece. He appears again at Teatro alla Scala as Gianetto in La Gazza ladra by Rossini. He made his debut in the role of Giacomo V from La donna del lago by Rossini in the Salzburg Pfingstfestpiele and at Opéra de Marseille. He sang for the first time the role of Riccardo Percy from Anna Bolena by Donizetti at Opéra de Lausanne in the original version. Edgardo Rocha is Don Ramiro in the film La Cenerentola una favola in diretta, produced by Andrea Anderman for the Rai Television and broadcasted Live in Mondovision in June 2012, directed by Carlo Verdone and conducted by Gianluigi Gelmetti.

Dear Edgardo Rocha, it is a pleasure to have you in the spotlight for the Opera CHARM Magazine. Before discussing your recent activity, let’s go back to your beginnings. You made your acclaimed debut at the 2010 Martina Franca Festival in the title role in Donizetti’s Gianni di Parigi and were immediately invited to appear at several major Italian houses. How do you now perceive music compared to those moments of meteoric ascension? 

I think that, at the beginning, we are very concerned about the voice, the expectation and the first impression towards the audience… After a few years you acquire experience and maturity, you defend what you do with your personality, with even more confidence than what you plan to give out. I perceive singing as a vehicle of communication and at the service of music; as an enjoyment more than something to be concerned about.

Returning to your recent activity, we are talking about the Salzburg Festival. You made your debut at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris in 2014 as Rodrigo in Rossini’s Otello, later singing the same role for his Salzburg Festival debut. What the Salzburg Festival means to you, considering you are coming back on the stage this season in a new production, Il barbiere di Siviglia

This was my second time at the Summer Festival. It is always an honor to be able to be an active part of the most important festival in Europe. I think the public is special, they come to enjoy and have fun in a wonderful city like Salzburg, full of historyand music. Returning with Il barbiere di Siviglia, which hadn’t been produced at the festival for more than 50 years, is a huge gift. If we add to it the colleagues I shared the stage with, Bartoli, Corbelli, Alaimo, D’Arcangelo, Villazón, it is truly a dream come true.

Read the entire interview here, in the 6th/2022 issue of OPERA Charm Magazine.

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