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 Mexican American baritone Armando Contreras, Encouragement Award District Winner of the 2019 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions is a recent graduate of the Young Artist program with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City (LOKC) and Apprentice Artist Program with Des Moines Metro Opera.

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.

Mr. Contreras recently completed his Performer’s Certificate at the University of Missouri-Kansas City

where is studied with Curtis Institute of Music faculty member, Vinson Cole. Future engagements include baritone soloist for Kansas City Ballet’s production of Carmina Burana.