Eduardo Villa, a “native” of Goleta Presbyterian Church and the founder of GPC’s Villa Music and Arts Program, is one of the few American-born tenors enjoying a successful international career. He has sung in the most prestigious opera houses in the world. His unique lyrico spinto voice has made him one the best interpreters of the Verdi repertoire from Falstaff to Otello. The past few seasons as the Metropolitan Opera, he has been successful and highly acclaimed for his roles in Don Carlos, Aida, Luisa Miller, Turandot, La Gioconda, Cavalleria Rusticana, Madama Butterfly and Carmen with Denyce Graves and under the baton of Maestro Placido Domingo, and Tosca with Deborah Voight. Most recently he sang in the title role of Ernani with Thomas Hampson. He has sung Un Ballo in Maschera for Vancouver Opera, Michigan Opera. He has portrayed the role of Otello for the Atlantic Opera, Michigan Opean and performed Il Travatore with the San Diego Opera, Seattle Opera, Atlantic Opera, New Orleans Opera and Connecticut Opera. He has also performed Ernani with the Boston Opera. Furthermore he sung twice at Carnegie Hall, one inI Due Foscari and once in an Opera Concert.
His European career has been equally impressive. He is a leading guest artist with the Bayerische Staatsoper returning in the roles of Manon, Simon Boccanegra, Falstaff, Les Conte Igor and Jean of Arc (Tchaikovsky). In other German cities, he has performed La Traviata, and Carmen in Hamburg, Macbeth and Mose in Frankfurt, Madama Butterfly and Macbeth in the Deutsche Opera Berlin and Macbeth in Koln. In Switzerland he has performed Barbe Bleue in Geneva, Viva la Mamma in Zurich, Lucia di Lammermoor, Manon, Madama Butterfly, Eugene Onegin, Simon Boccanegra, Cavalleria Rusticana, Il Travatore and Les Contes d’Hoffmann in Basel Stadttheater. He sang La Gioconda in Wroclm, Poland, Il Travatore in Helsinki, Finland, Carmen in Rome and Viva la Mamma in Vienna.
Mr. Villa has sun in France on the stages of the Paris Opera in Don Carlos (French V Acts), Il Corsaro in Arena de Mines, Madama Butterfly in Nantes and Les Contes d’Hoffman in Metz. He has sung in Gijon and Monserrat, Spain in the roles of Cavaradossi, and in Croatia with the Zagreb Opera in Un Ballo in Machera. This last season 2008-2009, he has performed Aida with the West Australian Opera in Perth, Australia; Il Trovatore in Eugene, Oregon; Turandot and Madama Butterfly in Osaka, Nagasaki and Tokyo, Japan; Pagliacci and Cavalleria Rusticana in Seattle, Washington; and closed the season with Tosca in Mexico.
In the summer of 2010-2011, Mr. Villa sang with Opera Classica as Otello in Buc-Versailles, France and in Germany as Cavaradossi at schloos Montabaur and as Canino in Pagliacci at Schloss Braunfels. He also sang an opera concert at the Alte Oper in Frankfurt. Beethoven Halle in Bonn, The Verdi Requim at Penn State, Pagliacci in Rochester, N.Y., Il Travatore in Buffalo, N.Y.. He sang in concert with Des Moines Symphony. The summer was full of opera concerts throughout Germany, France and Switzerland.
Season 2011-2012 began with Eduardo in Santa Dominga singing Cavalleria Rusticana and then to Bergen, Norway to sing Cavalleria Rusticana and Puccini’s first opera, Le Villia. Then returning to Iowa to perform Beethovens 9th with the Des Moines Symphony., then to Basel, Switzerland for an Opera Gala and performing the 9th Symphony with the Thüringen Philharmonic in Gletha.