Casey Candebat, tenor
Casey Candebat, a native of New Orleans, LA, has been hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle as one of the newest up and coming stars of opera. This past summer, Mr. Candebat joined the roster of the illustrious Merola Opera Program, the training arm of the San Francisco Opera Center. As a Merolino, he performed the role of Il Podesta in Mozart's La Finta Giardinera, covered the role of Mr. Owen in Argento's Postcard from Morocco, and sang scenes from Werther and La Rondine to high acclaim on the Merola Grande Finale.
Recently Mr. Candebat has been heard as Pang in Turandot and Goro in Madama Butterfly with New Orleans Opera. He was also featured in New Orleans Opera's production of Salome as the First Jew. Mr. Candebat was a young artist at Chautauqua Opera during their 2009 and 2010 seasons. There he covered the role of Beppe in Leoncavallo's Pagliacci. He has also been a young artist at Opera North where he performed the role of Dr. Cajus in the family performance of Verdi's Falstaff.
Casey Candebat is a graduate of Northwestern University where he was a student of the renowned voice teacher Sunny Joy Langton. At Northwestern he sang the roles of Tamino in The Magic Flute, Fiorentino in Street Scene, Bégearss in The Ghosts of Versailles, and Basilio in The Marriage of Figaro. Mr. Candebat earned his Bachelor of Music at Loyola University New Orleans. There he performed the role of Nemorino in L'elisir d'amore, Pluton in Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld, The Duke of Plaza-Toro in Gilbert and Sullivan's The Gondoliers, and Tybalt in Roméo et Juliette.
Mr. Candebat has won several prestigious vocal competitions, including the Grand Prize in the Bel Canto Foundation Voice Competition, the Raimondi Prize with the Casa Italia Foundation, and the Chautauqua Opera Guild's Encouragement Award.