Evocative art songs and boleros by some of Mexico’s most famous composers will be sung by tenor Humberto Borboa in a lunchtime recital Tuesday (Feb. 5) at Academy Village.
Already an accomplished performer, Borboa is a graduate student in vocal performance at the University of Arizona. He came to UA by invitation of Professor Grayson Hirst following their meeting at the Ars Vocalis International Voice Academy and Festival in Zamora, Mexico in 2011.
In his Tuesday recital entitled “Serenata Mexicana,” Borboa will share familiar melodies such as Lara’s “Granada” and Grever’s “Jurame,” along with other lesser known but no less beautiful and appealing songs by Maria Grever, Agustin Lara, Manuel Ponce and Jorge del Moral.
Borboa received his undergraduate degree in voice from the Escuela Superior de Canto de Mazatlan, and has since appeared as soloist in Orff’s “Carmina Burana,” and in operatic roles such as Count Almaviva in Rossini’s “Il Barbiere di Seviglia.” His debut role with the UA Opera Theatre this past November was as Alfredo in Verdi’s “La Traviata,” and he will sing the role of Tito in Mozart’s “La Clemenza di Tito” this spring.
Excited by opportunities in the United States, Borboa has participated in the 2012 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions where he won the Encouragement Award. Recently he has been auditioning in New York City, and in a January competition at UA he was awarded a full tuition scholarship to a summer program in Italy called “Musica Lirica,” where he will sing the role of Edgardo in Donizetti’s “Lucia de Lammermoor.”
Besides singing opera, the young tenor enjoys tennis and basketball – he is a Wildcat fan – and loves to travel and embrace new cultures. One of his goals is to broaden the appeal of opera to younger audiences. In Mexico, he had the opportunity to give recitals to students at different universities and met with wonderful acceptance.
At Tuesday’s concert, Borboa will be accompanied by Chien-I Yang, a doctoral candidate in piano performance at UA. She will also perform two solo piano selections from Manuel Ponce’s “Intermezzos.”
“Serenata Mexicana” will be presented in the Great Room of the Arizona Senior Academy at Academy Village, an active-adult community off Old Spanish Trail six miles southeast of Saguaro National Park East. Due to the popularity of Arizona Senior Academy events and limited seating, nonmembers are advised to make reservations.
Submitted by Leslie Nitzberg, Academy Village Volunteer