Puerto Rican baritone César A. Méndez Silvagnoli has been praised for his dark, velvety voice and strong stage presence. Future engagements include El padre de Florentina in Marianela, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, Moràles in Carmen, Almanaque in María Moliner, Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana and he will be making debuts in the Teatro Campoamor, Teatro de la Zarzuela and Teatro de la Maestranza.
In the 2017-2019 seasons Mr. Méndez was a member of the Centre de Perfeccionament Plácido Domingo in the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía. During his residency in Valencia, he performed Esteban in La Malquerida, Un Mandarino in Turandot, Buonafede in Il Mondo della Luna and Sciarrone in Tosca.
Other engagements include, Valentin in Faust with St. Petersburg Opera Company, George Benton in Dead Man Walking, with Opera on the Avalon, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with Sarasota Opera.
Additional roles include: Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Germont in La traviata, Marcello in La bohème, José Dolores Pimienta in the cuban zarzuela Cecilia Valdés, Felipe in La revoltosa, Joaquín in La del manojo de rosas, Vidal in Luisa Fernanda and Benjamin Franklin in the world premiere of Paul Moravec's The King's Man.
Mr. Méndez was awarded the First Prize in the II Concurso Nacional de Canto Ciudad de Albacete; the First Prize, “Ciudad de Sevilla” prize, “Teatro de la Maestranza” prize and “Compañía Sevillana de Zarzuela” prize and the Audience Special prize in the “XVI Certamen Nuevas Voces Ciudad de Sevilla”, the First prize on the “VII Certamen de Zarzuela de Valleseco”; the First prize on the VI Concurso Internacional de Canto “Un Futuro DeArte” de Medinaceli, Second Prize and Ópera de Oviedo Prize on the XXXVII Concurso Internacional de Canto “Ciudad de Logroño”, also, he was a finalist of the VII Concurso Internacional de Canto Alfredo Kraus and VI Concurso Internacional de Canto “Ópera de Tenerife”.
He has been a Resident Artist with Sarasota Opera, Kentucky Opera, and Des Moines Metro Opera. He obtained a Master of Music from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor degree in Voice Performance from the Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico.