As Karl Franz in The Student Prince with Toronto Operetta Theatre –
“As the title character, Ernesto Ramírez… is now completely at home on stage. He has a rich, Italianate tenor and seemingly
unlimited lung‐power. His impassioned singing of the famous ‘Serenade’ drew the loudest and longest applause of the
evening. But Ramírez lends a heartfelt quality to all of his singing.”
Mexican tenor Ernesto Ramírez is garnering rave reviews for his distinctive Italianate sound, “wonderfully fluid line and brilliant high notes,” combined with his “suave, nuanced lyricism.” Ernesto recently debuted as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with Mexico’s Opera de Leon, Rodolfo in La bohème with Pacific Northwest Opera, and sang his first Don Jose with Opera Kelowna’s Carmen and in concert with Kitchener‐Waterloo Symphony.
Ernesto has performed to great acclaim for audiences in France, Germany, Switzerland, Canada, and the United States. In 2014 while engaged as a cover for the title role of Roberto Devereux with the Canadian Opera Company, he was thrilled to share the stage in performance with soprano Sondra Radvanovsky.
Ernesto begins the current season covering the Duke in Edmonton Opera’s Rigoletto, and is the tenor soloist in Handel’s Messiah with Hamilton’s Bach Elgar Choir; Alexander Cann, conductor. In 2020, Ernesto debuts in Against the Grain Theatre’s Bound, a reaction to those displaced, dehumanized and mistreated by recent geopolitical conflict, with original text by director Joel Ivany. Composer Kevin Lau infuses his own music onto the backbone of Handel’s music. Operatic roles for Ernesto include Raoul in the Canadian Premiere of Meyerbeer’s Les Huegenots, Arturo in I Puritani, and Alfredo in La Traviata with Sarasota Opera.
His “resplendent tenor” has been heard in performances of Verdi’s Requiem with Brott Music Festival, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Niagara Symphony and Kingston Symphony. Opera companies in Zurich, Quebec, Montreal, Tel‐Aviv and Mexico City have welcomed him as a guest artist in their Opera Galas. He also performed at The 150th Anniversary of Puccini, a gala hosted by Simonetta Puccini.
Ernesto earned a Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance from the University of Guadalajara in Mexico, and graduated from Boston University’s Opera Institute. He has received awards from The Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions in Los Angeles, the Society of Singers Foundation and the New West Symphony Young Artist Prize. Ernesto Ramirez is a Canadian Resident and holds U.S. and Mexican Citizenship.