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Ramón Vargas Gala, recognition at 35 years of experience of the outstanding tenor

Renowned tenor Ramón Vargas argues that Mexico has always had a lot of vocal talent and lately has not only produced voices, which are beautiful and huge, but also promotes the training of young artists.


On Saturday June 23rd Ramón Vargas was the guest of honor at a Gala in the Palace of Fine Arts of the Mexican capital, where he debuted 35 years ago. “I feel very happy, very honored of what I do, of making music, of being able to share it. Some of the most beautiful thing about making music is that you can share music in general, but singing is very specific because it is immediate, it is something that occurs spontaneously and is received in the same way, “he said. The singer explained that the gala its important for two reasons: the first is that he shared the stage with young singers who belonged or belong to Escuela Ópera de Bellas Artes, which he is director. The second aspect is that part of the sale of tickets will go directly to the Ramón Vargas Foundation, created some 18 years ago by his wife Amalia and himself, to support the inclusion of talented young people and children in rural areas and very poor areas in Mexico.

He asserted that opera is the most complete of all the arts since it needs a large orchestra, chorus, often ballet, stage design, theater director, stage director, soloists and a suitable technique; It is a sum of ambitious and complicated art that demands a lot of care and, therefore, can be more expensive. From his perspective “more can be done in the opera; We know that Mexico has many needs, but there is an error when you think that culture is a luxury for Mexico, they even leave it as the ugly duckling because they see it as something optional and not something that is required. ”

Ramón Vargas indicated that all the major capitals of the world have important operas, and that being in the opera houses is a kind of meter of what happens in the culture of a country. “You can not compare what is produced or done in other countries by the opera here with Mexico. In Germany, which is about the size of the state of Chihuahua, there are around 90 theaters, some very large and important. A comparison would not be fair and adequate, rather we have to make an account of what we can do and what is being done”, he said.

In the history of opera, the tenor is the Mexican who has played the most roles in the two most important lyric theaters today: La Scala in Milan and MET in New York, where he has offered 220 performances. In this regard, he commented that he has no special interest in breaking records. For the moment he said that what he wants to stay in good health, sing more years, keep putting part of his repertoire and continue to take with great pride the name of Mexico to other countries. In particular he shared that he would like to return to Russia, where he has offered many concerts, but only once has he sung opera. “It’s a very important cultural country, its musical culture is very big; They appreciate very well what the artists do, I would like to have a good production in the (Theater) Bolshoi, I would be delighted, “added the award-winning singer. He indicated that also in Mexico he would like to sing some opera production. In that sense he admitted that he would have liked to have done an opera for this celebration and not just a concert, so he trusted that he will achieve both goals.

Renowned tenor Ramón Vargas said that the country has always had a lot of vocal talent and lately has not only produced voices, which are beautiful and huge, but also promotes the formation of singers, which is what the operatic scene requires. He stressed that many Mexican singers of recent generations have managed to grow and break through in the world of opera, which he described as difficult, complicated and very hard fought, so that those who come to him is because they strive in a remarkable way, to position themselves. He recalled that before many of the interpreters finished their training outside of Mexico, as is their case, and commented that even when he lives in Vienna, Austria, he does not feel far from the country since he has never been separated from this land, either because of his frequent trips for both singing and visiting.