Artist of the Week: Efraín Solís

Rising Star Baritone Makes His Hawai’i Opera Theatre Debut

By Francisco Salazar

On Feb. 17, the Hawai’i Opera Theatre is set to open a production of “L’Elisir d’Amore” with a cast of rising stars making a house debut. Among the stars is Efraín Solís.

The Latine singer is a graduate of the San Francisco Opera Adler Fellowship where he sang his first performances of Papageno in “Die Zauberflöte,” Dandini in “La Cenerentola,” Schaunard in “La bohème,” and Prince Yamadori in Madama Butterfly, among others. Since his time in San Francisco, he has made debuts at the Opera San Jose and Florida Grand Opera as well as the Utah Opera and Virginia Opera. He has also sung with the Houston Grand Opera, New York City Opera, and El Paso Opera.

For his debut in Hawai’i, he will take on the role of Dulcamara for the first time. It will mark his second Donizetti role after having performed Dr. Malatesta in “Don Pasquale” and a return to the bel canto repertoire which he has also performed several roles from.

For those not in Hawai’i for his house debut, Solís is set to perform at the Annapolis Opera in “Le Nozze di Figaro” and with the Santa Rosa Symphony Orchestra.


While Solís does not have any recordings available, you take can take a look at several video recordings that showcase the singer in such repertoire as “La Cenerentola” and Spanish song.


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