American tenor Zachary Mendez is currently a Masters candidate for voice and opera at the University of California Santa Barbara, studying with renowned tenor Benjamin Brecher. This season (Winter 2016) he is singing both Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola (scenes program) and Léon in Signor Deluso with the UCSB Opera Theater. He will also appear with Opera Santa Barbara this April as Guccio in Gianni Schicchi. As a performer he has been featured in various productions throughout the United States and in Europe. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon University, where he studied with Maria Spacagna. While at CMU, he sang the role of Captain Macheath in Benjamin Britten’s The Beggar’s Opera and Tapioca in L’Étoile. In April, 2015 he appeared at Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters singing the role of Narcissus in the original cast of Echo, a new chamber opera by Davis Good. As a soloist Mr. Mendez has been featured with the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic and Choirs in CMU’s annual Holiday Concert, broadcast live on WQED Radio. He has also participated in several young artist programs, including the Accademia Vocale Lorenzo Malfatti in Lucca, Italy (2015), the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria (2014), and the Amalfi Coast Music Festival in Maiori, Italy (2013). A versatile artist, Mr. Mendez has starred in numerous theatrical productions, portraying characters such as Enjolras in Les Misérables, the Beast in Beauty and the Beast and Sid Sorokin in The Pajama Game. An avid recording artist, he has produced two studio albums including, “Dream,” which is available now on iTunes and CD Baby.