Tenor Ángel Vargas Joins Athlone Artists’ Roster

By Afton Wooten

Puerto Rican tenor Ángel Vargas has joined Athlone Artists’ Roster.

Vargas began his musical studies at his local conservatory, continuing on to earn a degree in vocal performance at the conservatory of Puerto Rico, and a Master’s degree from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in 2019.

This season Vargas made his debut at the Ópera de Puerto Rico in the role of Nemorino in “L’elisir d’amore.” He is set to join Sarasota Opera as a Studio Artist where he will cover the role of Edgardo in “Lucia de Lammermoor.” He has performed with  the Landestheater Linz Opera Studio, the Georg Solti Accademia program, and with the Mascarade Opera Studio.

Vargas recently completed his second season as a Gerdine Young Artist with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis where he sang the role of Spc. Rodriguez in the world premiere of Huang Ruo’s “An American Soldier,” and covered The Duke of Mantua in “Rigoletto.” At the Aspen Music Festival he played General Alfredo in Jimmy López’s “Bel Canto” and Spalanzani in “Les contes d’Hoffmann,” while covering the title role.

The tenor has also performed at Pro Arte Musical in his hometown of San Juan, with the Linda Hart Institute in a collaborative performance given by The Dallas Opera and Opera for Peace, and more.

Vargas received awards in Houston Grand Opera’s Eleanor McCollum Competition, the Zarzuela, Voz y Olé Competition in Latin America, and the Festival Gegen den Strom in Bad Ems: Offenbach Grand Prix. Vargas was a 2022 National Semi-Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera’s Laffont Competition.