Gaston Rivero

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Gaston Rivero as Gabriele Adorno in Simon Boccanegra, Staatsoper Berlin 2016

Gaston Rivero (February 6, 1978 in Montevideo, Uruguay) is an Uruguayan-US American operatic tenor.

He is a winner of the Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition in Vienna 2009, has appeared in many opera houses, including Arena di Verona, Teatro Regio Torino, Royal Opera House Muscat, Staatsoper Berlin, Opéra National de Paris Bastille[1], Opéra de Monte-Carlo, Deutsche Oper Berlin,[2] New National Theatre Tokyo, Oper Leipzig[3], Israeli Opera Tel Aviv[4] and Staatstheater Stuttgart as well as in several Broadway and off Broadway shows.

Early years[edit]

Rivero was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He studied at the National Conservatory of Music Carlos Lopez Buchardo in Buenos Aires. Upon his arrival in New York City Gaston Rivero received his education from conductor Eugene Kohn.[5] During this period Rivero received training from several teachers and coaches from Juilliard School of Music and Manhattan School of Music.

Professional career[edit]

His stage debut came when film director Baz Luhrmann selected him for his production of Puccini's La Bohème on Broadway in 2002. The same year Gaston Rivero made his solo concert debut at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Since then Mr. Rivero has been known worldwide for his skills and abilities in the Italian Opera Repertory. Made his European debut in 2005 while performing the role of B.F. Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly at the Staatstheater Nürnberg. Worked with Maestro Zubin Mehta in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem performing the role of Alfredo in Verdi's La Traviata. Made his debut as Radames in Aida and Manrico in Il Trovatore in 2010 at the Stadttheater Klagenfurt. His roles and venues include: Don Jose in Carmen at Deutsche Oper Berlin and at Tokyo National Theater, the title role in Don Carlo at the Staatsoper Berlin, Alfredo in La Traviata at Palm Beach Opera, Rodolfo in Luisa Miller at Aalto Theater Essen[6], Mario Cavaradossi in Tosca at Oper Leipzig, Radames in Aida at Opéra national de Paris Bastille, Théâtre Royal de La Monnaie Bruxelles and Arena di Verona.

Rivero is known for the Deutsche Grammophon DVD of Il Trovatore alongside Plácido Domingo, Anna Netrebko and Daniel Barenboim. He has worked with many different film-makers; Philipp Stölzl, Johannes Schaaf and Baz Luhrmann.

Mr. Rivero collaborates with several institutions worldwide visiting schools and hospitals with the purpose of introducing children to Opera, as well as sponsoring concerts for young talents.

Rivero's career has spanned several media and arts professions: actor, opera singer, producer,[7] composer and music consultant.



  • Giuseppe Verdi: Il trovatore (Germany 2013); Anna Netrebko – Gaston Rivero – Plácido Domingo – Marina Prudenskaya – Staatskapelle Berlin – Daniel Barenboim – Staatsoper im Schiller Theater – Stage Director: Philipp Stölzl, Deutsche Grammophon, UNITEL CLASSICA[9]


  • 2nd place International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition, Vienna 2009[10]
  • Scholarship Prize from The Opera Foundation 2008[11]
  • 1st place Gerda Lissner Foundation 2008[12]
  • Finalist Francisco Viñas, Barcelona 2008[13]
  • Finalist Concours International d'Opéra de Marseille 2008[14]
  • Vidda Award from The Opera Orchestra of New York 2007[15]
  • Mrs. Edgar Tobin Award der Tobin Endowment 2007
  • 2nd Place Winner - Concurso de Canto Montserrat Caballé 2007[16]
  • Winner George London Foundation Competition, NYC 2007[17]
  • 1st place Metropolitan Opera National Audition Eastern Region 2006 & 2007[18]
  • 1st place singing competition of the Giulio Gari Foundation 2006[19]
  • 1st place/scholarship Fritz and Lavinia Jensen Foundation 2006[20]
  • NJ Alliance for the performing Arts 2006
  • Finalist Operalia Valencia 2006[21]
  • Special Award Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation 2004 & 2006[22]
  • Finalist BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2005[23]
  • 1st place Joyce Dutka Arts Foundation 2004
  • 2nd place Altamura/Caruso International Voice Competition NYC 2004[24]
  • Winner - Palm Beach Opera Competition, Palm Beach Florida 2004[25]
  • Winner Opera Index Vocal Competition, NYC 2003 & 2005[26]
  • Winner Dicapo Opera Competition 2003[27]
  • Winner Ibla Bellini Competition 2003[28]
  • 1st prize Classical Productions Competition 2002


  1. ^ Gaston Rivero at Opéra National de Paris
  2. ^ Gaston Rivero at Deutsche Oper Berlin
  3. ^ Gaston Rivero at Oper Leipzig
  4. ^ Gaston Rivero at the Israeli Opera Tel Aviv
  5. ^ Opera, my love: Interview with the tenor Gaston Rivero
  6. ^ Gaston Rivero at Aalto-Musiktheater Essen
  7. ^ piano concert with Sandro Russo - Konzerthaus Berlin February 2015
  8. ^ OPERA NEWS: Il Trovatore - Staatsoper Berlin
  9. ^ Deutsche Grammophon catalog: GIUSEPPE VERDI: Il TROVATORE" (Germany 2013)
  10. ^ Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition: Past Competition Winners
  11. ^ The Opera Foundation
  12. ^ The Gerda Lissner Foundation
  13. ^ International Singing Contest Francisco Viñas
  14. ^ Concours International d'Opéra de Marseille Archived 2016-01-11 at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ Vidda Recital Award Series - The Opera Orchestra of New York
  16. ^ Concurso Internacional de Canto Montserrat Caballé
  17. ^ George London Foundation for Singers
  18. ^ operaidols Blog of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Eastern Region]
  19. ^ Giulio Gari Foundation: Past Competition Winners Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine (2006)]
  20. ^ Fritz and Lavinia Jensen Foundation: Past Winners Archived 2015-01-03 at the Wayback Machine
  21. ^ Operalia - The World Opera Competition
  22. ^ Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation
  23. ^ BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition 2005
  24. ^ Altamura/Caruso International Voice Competition
  25. ^ Palm Beach Opera Vocal Competition - Previous Winners
  26. ^ Opera Index Vocal Competition Previous Winners
  27. ^ Dicapo Opera Theatre
  28. ^ Ibla Bellini Competition - Most promising young tenor 2003

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