The tenor Rodrigo Orrego was born in Santiago (Chile) and studied singing at the Conservatory of the Universidad Catolica in Santiago with Professor Hans Stein for three years. Already during this training he began his concert activity, particularly in Lieder and oratorios. In April 1990 he moved to Germany and continues his training with Professor Aldo Baldin at Musikhochschule Karlsruhe. During this time he participated, among others, in C.Orff’s Carmina Burana, Felix Mendelssohn’s Eliah, L Cherubini’s Missa Solemnis and Gala concert of Europa Musicale in the Munich Philharmonic Concert Hall.
Rodrigo Orrego sang regularly with Bach-Akademie Stuttgart under the direction of Helmuth Rilling, Bamberger Symphoniker, with which he sang in 1992 J.S. Bach Mass in B minor BWV 232 and W.A. Mozart’s C minor Mass and others on the occasion of the Spring of Prague in June. In the same year he gave his opera debut with Kammeroper Frankfurt G. Rossini’s L'Occasione fa il Ladro. In Kassel he made guest appearance in I. Montemezzi’s L'Amore dei tre ré in a production of Giancarlo del Mónaco under the direction of Eugene Kohn. Likewise in the year 1992 he began his first firm engagement at the Staatstheater Darmstadt.
In 1993 Rodrigo Orrego sang the Mozart Requiem with the Gewandhaus-Orchester at the Nicolai Church in Leipzig, Stabat Mater by G. Rossini in Kölner Philharmonie, Mozart’s C minor Mass with Professor Wolfgang Gönnenwein and Louis Spohr’s Faust in concert performance with CD recording in Bad Urach, and in the context of important international tour of sacred works of Dvorák, Mozart, Verdi and J.S. Bach. In 1994 he performed F. Schubert’s E flat major Mass with the MDR Kammerphilharmonie, J. Haydn’s The Creation at the Cologne Philharmonic Concert Hall and in the October J.S. Bach’s Mass in B minor BWV 232 at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Argentina with the Bamberger Symphoniker.
On December 1st, 1998 he sang at the Teatro Municipal in Santiago (Chile) the tenor part in Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana” with Shelley Jameson, soprano and Marian Pop, bass, with the Hungarian conductor Gabor Otvos.
His opera debut in Chile was also at the Teatro Municipal in Santiago, on 5 November 2004, as Cavaradossi in “Tosca” with Marcela de Loa-Holzapfel (Tosca) and Patricio Mendez (Scarpia), Jose Luis Dominguez (conductor) (Only one performance). The review of this performance said the “Orrego has a beautiful voice but with difficulties in the middle register that sounds too weak and plain (fix) high notes”.
In 2007 he sang again in Chile, now at the Teatro de la Universidad de Concepcion (in the city of the same name), as Alfredo in “La Traviata” with Stephanie Elliot (Violetta) and Fernando Ramos (a Costa Rica baritone, as Germont), Carlos Vieu, conductor. He sang five performances in August 23, 25, 27, 29 and 31. In August he sang also at the Teatro Municipal in Temuco in a concert with the soprano Carolina Ulrich.
In May 2008 he sang in Vienna in concert.
On 29 May 2009 he sang the title role in “Fervaal” an opera by Vincent D’Indy, at the Stadtheater in Bern (Switzerland). The cast included soprano Sophie Fourniers (Guilhen) and baritone Philippe Rouillon (Arfagard). The conductor was Srboljub Dinic’.
He is scheduled to sing in January 2013 at the Teatro del Lago in Frutillar in a solo concert with pianist Erika Steiger.
|Rodrigo Orrego sings||Fervaal Act 3, Scène 3, with Voix Mystiques|
I wish to thank Juan Dzazopulos for the picture and biographical notes.