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    Grant Park Festival Cantata Criolla Soloists:

    ulises solano

    Ulises Solano

    Born in Costa Rica, Ulises Solano has been singing on stage since he was nine years old. After completing his studies in his home country, Ulises moved to the United States to earn Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Vocal Performance from Indiana University. Having married in Bloomington, Ulises Solano established a private voice studio in the city, while continuing to pursue creative research along with an international singing activities.

    Ulises Solano's career has taken him to Venezuela, most of Central America, Hungary, Austria, the Philippines and many cities in the United States. His opera roles include Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly; the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto; Der Narr in Wozzeck; Leon in Il signor Deluso; Ernesto, in Don Pasquale, Hoffmann, in Les contes de Hoffmann; Lun-Tha, in The King and I; the Duende in Piazzolla's Maria de Buenos Aires;and Haimon, in both the world premiere in Chicago and the New York premiere of John Eaton's Antigone. Most recently he sang the role of Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos at the Brevard Music Festival. Mr. Solano is also very active as a recitalist and oratorio soloist.

    Ulises devotes a good part of his career to performing and promoting music by living composers, among them John Eaton, Garrett Byrnes, Misha Zupko, Jeremy Rafal, and Gilbert Galindo, who has written music to Solano's own poetry. His association with Aguavá New Music Studio took him to Coolidge  Hall at the Library of Congress for the world premiere of a new vocal-instrumental work by the eminent Cuban composer Aurelio de la Vega.

    The humanist ideals of Francesco Petrarca and his personal research  inspired Solano to form  Duo Petrarca, a musical partnership with pianist and composer Jeremy Rafal, with the purpose  of promoting art music to disadvantaged communities of the world, with special attention to art songs composed to poetry of under-represented languages. In his recent tour to Hawaii and the Philippines, Solano and Rafal featured standard art-song repertoire along with song literature in the Tagalog, Ilocano, and Visayan languages. The Duo presented the world premiere of Rafal's Rizaliana at the Atherton Auditorium Studio at Hawaii Public Radio.
    The duo's future projects include new works in Nahuatl, Bribrí, and Hawaiian.

    See also Nelson Martinez.

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