Marco Antonio Rivera                                                  

...was raised in a musical family in Mexico City. It was there that he studied classical singing before moving to Germany. Since then, he has continued his private studies with Klesie Kelly, George-Emil Crasnaru, Francisco Araiza, and Gustavo Jimenez. Mr. Rivera has also actively participated in master classes with Gema Visser, Peter Schreier, and Thomas Mayer. In 2007, Mr. Rivera was awarded the Hermann Frey Stipend, followed by the Advancement Prize of the Kammeroper Köln in 2009. As a guest soloist, Mr. Rivera has performed with the Saarländisches Staatstheater in Saarbrücken, the Theater für Niedersachsen in Hildesheim, the Landestheater Detmold, the Städtische Bühnen Münster, Theater Winterthur, the Monschau Klassik Festspiele, the Festspielhaus in Baden-Baden, the Kammeroper Köln, and Cologne Philharmonic. Amidst his vast repertoire are the roles of Rodolfo, Calaf, Pinkerton, Cavaradossi, the Duke of Mantua, Don José, Romeo, Alfredo, Fra Diavolo, and Ismaele. Also active on the concert scene, Antonio Rivera has been seen and heard at the Concert House at the Gendarmenmarkt and at the Garden of the World venues in Berlin, as well as at the Tonhalle in Zurich, and the grand cathedrals in Cologne, Münster, and Altenberg, among others as soloist in Verdi's Requiem and Beethoven's 9th Symphony. Mr. Rivera opened the 2017-2018 opera season as a guest soloist at the Theater Koblenz in the role of Rodolfo in Puccini's La Boheme.