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Mexican- American baritone Armando Contreras is, "a baritone with gravitas and quickly making his mark in the opera world" praised by Schmopera. This past season, Armando sang a lead role in the world premiere of "The Knock" with The Glimmerglass Festival. He also was the cover for Papageno in The Glimmerglass Festival's "The Magic Flute". Armando sang the leading roles of Il Conte in Le nozze di figaro and Marcello in La boheme with Boulder Opera. He also performed two recitals featuring music from Latin America with Central City Opera and Loveland Opera Theatre. In the 2021/2022 season, Armando makes his debut with Salt Marsh Opera singing the role of Morales in Carmen. He will also make his Denver Philharmonic debut in L'elisir d'amore as Belcore on stage with Metropolitan Opera stars, Matthew Plenk and Anna Christy.

He was recently seen as John Proctor (The Crucible), Sharpless (Madama butterfly) and Belcore (L’elisir d’amore) in the Des Moines Metro Opera Apprentice Artist Scenes program and as the Imperial Commissioner in LOKC’s Madama Butterfly. In the 2018/2019 season, Mr. Contreras sang the leading baritone role, Filippo, in the US premiere of Rossini’s La gazzetta withPacific Opera Project.

He also portrayed the role of Nardo in La finta giardinera with University of Missouri- Kansas City


Recent engagements in the 2017/2018 include Le Dancaïre in Carmen with Central City Opera, the

Herald in Rigoletto and Fiorello in Il barbiere di Siviglia with LOKC, Peter in Hänsel und Gretel and

L'horloge comtoise/Le chat in L'enfant et les sortilèges with UMKC. He also covered the role of Doug

Hansen in Joby Talbot’s Everest in the Lyric Opera of Kansas City premiere.

He received the Top Prize after completion of the Central City Young Artist Program. Other accolades

include 2016 winner of the University of Missouri-Kansas City Concerto competition, 2016 winner of the

Celestial Opera Young Artist Award, 2016 winner of the Brena Hazzard Vocal Competition and 2016

winner of the Mu Phi Epsilon Music Competition.

Armando has received degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and the University of

Missouri-Kansas City studying with the Curtis Institute of Music faculty member, Vinson Cole.

During school, Armando performed the roles of Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Guglielmo in Così

fan tutte, John Brooke in Little Women and the title role of Gianni Schicchi. During his studies,

Armando also participated in several training programs with The Glimmerglass Festival, Des

Moines Metro Opera, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Central City Opera, and The Aspen Music

Festival. For more information please visit his website at and follow him on Instagram at @armandomcontreras