Juan Carlos Mendoza, Tenor, is a native of Muscatine, IA. Over the past decade, Mr. Mendoza has made a name for himself as a soloist, choral singer, and educator through performances for Border CrosSing, Schubert Club, Grinnell Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Singers of Iowa City, and Muscatine Symphony Orchestra.
Stage roles include the dual roles of Aarón/Javier in the world premiere of Tienda by Reinaldo Moya, Freddy in My Fair Lady, and Tigranes in the North American premiere of Cavalli's La Doriclea. Concert repertoire includes Tenor Soloist in The Messiah (Handel), Requiem (Mozart), Magnificat (Bach), Bolts of Melody (Ford), Featured soloist in Navidad Nuestra (Ramirez) and Tenor Evangelist in Passio (Pärt). As a choral performer, Mr. Mendoza has sung with ensembles such as Grant Park Music Festival Chorus, Lyric Opera of Chicago Chorus, and Border CrosSing. As a recitalist, he has performed throughout the US, regularly performing Spanish-language music of Manuel M. Ponce, Fernando Obradors, Rodolfo Halffter, Manuel de Falla, and Carlos Guastavino. He also premiered Masefield Songs in 2018, a song cycle for Tenor and Piano on poems of John Masefield by composer Thomas F. Savoy. They can be heard on the recording Songs by Me- for You: A Selection of Art Songs by Thomas F. Savoy.
Mr. Mendoza received a Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Arts degree from The University of Iowa, Bachelor of Music degree from The Juilliard School, with additional studies at the Aspen Music Festival and School. As a researcher, Mr. Mendoza has explored the music of post-revolutionary Mexico through performance and recording, including his debut album with Jessica Monnier through MSR Classics, Finding A Voice: Mexican Song Cycles After 1920. He has served on the voice faculties of Augustana College, Drake University, Kirkwood Community College, Knox College, Monmouth College, and currently serves as Assistant Professor of Voice and Opera at The University of South Dakota.
For more information, please visit https://www.jcmendozatenor.com/.
Opera, Voice, Diction, Song Literature
Spanish Language Art Song, Spanish Language Opera
- DMA, Voice, The University of Iowa, 2020
- MA, Voice , The University of Iowa, 2010
- BM, Voice, The Juilliard School, 2008
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- Mendoza, Juan J.. Finding A Voice: Mexican Song Cycles After 1920. Newtown, CT: MSR Classics, 2021.