Eduardo Villa

Eduardo Villa head shotInternationally renowned operatic tenor, Eduardo Villa, has performed numerous title roles in the most prestigious opera houses in the world and is a regular guest artist of the Metropolitan Opera.  His versatility as a performer, professional dedication to his craft and his ability to enthrall audiences of all sizes combine to make him one of the most sought-after tenors in the world.  From a very early age, Eduardo had a rather single minded pursuit of a musical career, which eventually brought him to Santa Barbara City College to study musical theater.  According to Eduardo, student auditions in front of a stoic SBCC faculty, as well as four years in the Marines helped him develop the "toughness" and discipline necessary for a first class performance. "Without question, Harold Dunn, Barbara Harlow and Jack Ullom were three professors who were very influential in shaping my professional singing career," says Eduardo. "I can attribute my early sense of confidence about the business of professional singing to them. They were fabulous. Barbara Harlow taught me how to develop and work on achieving perfect pitch."  While at SBCC, Eduardo was awarded a scholarship to the University of Southern California for operatic training. "After being at SBCC, I had no problem adapting to the demands of USC.  I was very comfortable there."

Shortly after his time at USC, Eduardo was a winner of the 1982 Metropolitan Opera auditions and the Loren L. Zachary Opera auditions. It wasn't long before he was jumping in as a last minute stand-in for world class tenors such as Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, and Jose Carreras. While Otello is undeniably his favorite role - for which he has been highly acclaimed - Eduardo has been hugely successful in his long list of performances in operas including, but not limited to Don Carlo, Aïda, Luisa Miller, Turandot, La Gioconda, Cavalleria Rusticana, Madama Butterfly, Carmen, Tosca, Macbeth, La Boheme, Ernani, Manon, Simon Boccanegra, Le Villi, Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Pagliacci and IL Trovatore. A consummate performer, he has never considered his career a "job" and has enjoyed working with the greatest conductors and finest sopranos in the world.  Many of his fellow tenors – some would say rivals – are actually his best friends. When asked which opera houses are his favorites, Eduardo quickly answers, "The Metropolitan Opera and Carnegie Hall. The acoustics are stunning in both."  Eduardo's impressive career includes literally hundreds of performances throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, Germany, Italy, France, Finland, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Spain, Switzerland and Norway.  It comes as no surprise that he is fluent in five languages (English, French, German, Spanish and Italian), sings in Latin and Hebrew, and is learning Greek. While traveling, Eduardo often picks up seven newspapers at one time, many in different languages, in order to study and remain disciplined in the languages.  "Study and discipline are key," says Eduardo, "whether it is vocal preparation for performances or preparing your body and mind for long hours of traveling."

Right after Eduardo won his audition at the Met, he received a letter from Harold Dunn and his fellow SBCC music professors. "I was so pleased that they expressed how proud they were of me. They were so supportive," says Eduardo. "I still have that letter."  One of his favorite aspects of SBCC was spending time memorizing his music while sitting atop the La Playa Stadium overlooking the Pacific Ocean. "It was very relaxing and meditative. The atmosphere of SBCC provided a wonderful place to study." With a laugh Eduardo adds, "I would've stayed longer than two years if I could have, but I went off to USC."