Los Tres Tenores and Pianist John Massaro
Tenor Juan ‘Johnny’ Huerta
Tenor Juan ‘Johnny’ Huerta is a native Arizonan whose musical journey began in late 2007 by way of Jeanne Anderson of the Vintage Vocals. In early 2008 he was recruited by All Saints of the Desert Episcopal Church choir and became a member of West Valley Chorale thereafter. In April 2008, Johnny was awarded corporate sponsorship and began studying with Gail Dubinbaum, formerly of the New York Met, and Maestro John Massaro, founders of Phoenix Opera. In March 2009 Johnny performed the Seven Last Words of Christ by Theodore Dubois with SCOR’s Sinfonia del Sol and went on to complete his professional development program at Taos Opera Institute in New Mexico. In June 2010, Johnny was featured in Phoenix Opera's production of Die Fledermaus at the Grand Re-opening of the Elks Opera House in Prescott, AZ. In January 2011 he debuted with Phoenix Opera's Los Tres Tenors at the world famous Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix (AZ) followed by his professional operatic debut in Phoenix Opera’s production of La Traviata at Phoenix’s historic Orpheum theater. Mr. Huerta’s other title roles include Prince Karl Franz from The Student Prince, General Kromov in FIO Americas production of The Merry Widow in Sao Paolo, Brazil, and Rodolfo from La Boheme with the Windy City Opera Company in Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Huerta is also a concert artist with TAD Management.
Tenor Francisco Renteria
Tenor Francisco Renteria is a fearless singer! His passion for sustaining seemingly never-ending high notes thrills and astonishes audiences; his sense of humor and outgoing nature make him an entertaining and spontaneous performer. A consummate musician, Renteria received a degree in piano performance from the University of Arizona in Tucson before pursuing his singing. A native of Hermosillo, Mexico, he has performed extensively in opera, concert, and zarzuela styles throughout the Southwest. Renteria now makes his home in Tucson and, through the acclaimed “Opening Minds through the Arts” program, has introduced the “World of Music” to virtually hundreds of schoolchildren through the years. A seasoned performer on the opera stage, Renteria has appeared in La Bohème, Aïda, and Carmen with the Phoenix Opera and has performed principle roles in both The Magic Flute and La Traviata. He has also performed countless roles with Arizona Opera throughout the state.
Tenor Guillermo Ontiveros
Tenor Guillermo Ontiveros is an international artist born and raised in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, where he graduated from the highly-regarded music academy at the University of Sonora. He has appeared in operas and concerts throughout Mexico, Italy, and the United States. A talented guitarist, he also delights audiences with his playing and singing of traditional Spanish and Mexican songs, as well as with his charming good looks, sweet voice, and romantic style of singing that charms all who hear him. Ontiveros, is a seasoned performer and has sang leading roles of Alfredo in La Traviata, Tamino in The Magic Flute, Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto, Nemorino in The Elixir of Love, just to name a few. Guillermo is also a member of Phoenix Opera’s Los Tres Tenores and a concert artist with TAD Management. He also performs regularly with Arizona Opera.
Phoenix Opera General Director, John Massaro
For nearly three decades, John Massaro has conducted opera, orchestral and choral music throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and the Middle East. Mr. Massaro is the conductor for Phoenix Opera where he has lead productions of La Bohème, Tosca, Aida, Carmen and Madama Butterfly. In the summer of 2005, Mr. Massaro made his Carnegie Hall debut conducting the Mozart Requiem which led to a distinguished European tour to Budapest, Krakow, Prague, Salzburg and Vienna, where he conducted several additional Mozart masterpieces in a 250th anniversary celebration of the composer’s birth.
Mr. Massaro served as an assistant to Leonard Bernstein during the creation of A Quiet Place and to Zubin Mehta for the Israel Philharmonic’s production of Madama Butterfly in Tel Aviv, Haifa and Jerusalem. He worked extensively with the great German soprano, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, with whom he coached both Opera and Art Song repertoire. As the former Music Director for the Arizona Broadway Theatre, Mr. Massaro conducted numerous stage productions, including: Anything Goes, Man of La Mancha, Damn Yankees, HMS Pinafore, The World Goes Round, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and South Pacific. An award-winning composer and arranger of note, John began his career as a vocal coach and rehearsal pianist in Los Angeles. He later moved to New York City with his wife, renowned mezzo-soprano, Gail Dubinbaum, to coach and accompany several artists from the Metropolitan Opera.
Guest Artist Lisanne Norman
Lisanne Norman’s beautiful coloratura voice has been described as one of "limitless power and faultless technique." She possesses a versatile sound that lends itself to both musical theater and opera.She performed the role of Musetta in Phoenix Opera’s debut performance of La Boheme. Other recent performances include the roles of Adele in Strauss’ Die Fledermaus and Magnolia in Showboat. Mrs. Norman received her BA from Utah State University. She has had several opportunities to do concert work in Prague, Budapest, Romania and Austria where she was involved in a graduate study program. Although she is a frequent artist in her home state of Arizona, she performs with symphony orchestras and opera companies throughout the western states.