Ricardo Garcia was a young artist in the summer of 2017 at Wolf Trap Opera where he sang Rodolfo and Bacchus for the 10th Anniversary Studio Spotlight and covered Giocondo in La Pietra del Paragone. He returned this summer to cover Romeo in Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette and was a guest soloist on the Pops Extravaganza: Bernstein 100 concert with the National Orchestral Institute. Other 2018 engagements include Younger Thompson in Tom Cipullo’s Glory Denied, Bastianello the younger and Lambent in Musto’s Bastianello, as well as Lorenzo in Bolcom’s Lucrezia. In 2019, Ricky makes three role debuts and two company debuts: as the Drunkard/Lamplighter in The Little Prince at Tulsa Opera, then as Bajazet in Handel’s Tamerlano and as the Lieutenant in Joseph Julián González’s opera Suenõs de Bējar.
In 2017, Mr. Garcia made a role debut as the Male Chorus in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia and was hailed by the San Francisco Classical Voice forum as having a voice filled with “heart-touching passion”. The year also included concert appearances with the SongFest Winter Intensive in Carmel, Marilyn Horne’s The Song Continues at Carnegie Hall, tenor soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Eureka Symphony, and a role debut as Fenton in Verdi’s Falstaff with Opera on the James.
In 2016, he sang the role of Jenik in The Bartered Bride to great acclaim under the baton of Matthew Aucoin, and Peter Quint in the San Francisco Conservatory’s production of The Turn of the Screw. He was invited by composer Joseph Julian Gonzales to sing the Aztec Oratorio Misa Azteca where the Southern Oregon Performing Arts Review wrote, “Mr. Garcia contributed a rich tenor voice, well controlled and quite moving to hear.” He also appeared in a program of Spanish, Italian and English art songs on a Distinguished Alumni Recital Concert for Songfest.
In 2015, Ricky participated at Songfest in Los Angeles, coaching with Martin Katz, John Aler, Susanne Mentzer and Dawn Upshaw. In 2014 he placed in the Brava! Opera Theater Vocal Competition and received an Encouragement award at the San Francisco District Met National Council Auditions. He also won the Adrian Boyer Vocal Competition at the Bayview Music Festival where he debuted the role of Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte.
Mr. Garcia Received his Bachelors Degree from the University of the Pacific and in 2019 Receives his Masters Degree from The San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he studies with Cesar Ulloa