"The centerpiece of the evening was Schumann's 'Dichterliebe,' which found Diaz-Moresco so fully inhabiting the unnamed lover that the effect was devastating." -Mark Satola, cleveland.com
“Baritone Mario Diaz-Moresco, as the character ‘I Live in the Park,’ served as Virgil to the audiences Dante, in that he narrated the essential facts and gave biographical sketches of his street pals, as well as singing the transition from the stories to the songs. Diaz-Moresco’s performance was flawless.” -Arlo McKinnon, Opera News
An active interpreter of Opera, Art Song and new music, Mario Diaz-Moresco is recognized for his versatility and strong stage presence.
Mr. Diaz-Moresco studied at the University of Colorado, the University of Southern California and recently completed the Professional Studies Diploma program at Mannes The New School, where he is a student of Diana Soviero. He has been a young artist with Chautauqua Opera, Central City Opera, The Glimmerglass Festival, a Stern Fellow at SongFest and this summer will be a Vocal Fellow at the Ravinia Steans Music Institute. Operatic roles include Papageno, Guglielmo, Schaunard, Malatesta, Orfeo, Mercutio, Morales, Sid and William in The Fall of the House of Usher by Philip Glass.
An active recitalist, his Art Song repertoire includes works by Schumann, Schubert, Beethoven, Vaughan Williams, Beach, Poulenc, Duparc, Fauré, Ravel, Bolcom and Musto. In recent seasons Mr. Diaz-Moresco has given recitals with pianist Spencer Myer on California’s "InConcert Sierra" series, the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Series in Chicago, the Rocky River Chamber Music Society of Ohio, the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck and the Brooklyn Art Song Society.
Passionate about new music, Mr. Diaz-Moresco has premiered Laura M. Kramer's song cycle The Miracle of the Walking Fish, for voice and guitar, Julia Adolphe's opera Sylvia and the song cycle The Wanderlusting of Joseph C., by Joan La Barbara. At the Glimmerglass Festival he covered the role of Bernard DeVoto in the world premiere of Jeanine Tesori’s opera A Blizzard on Marblehead Neck and is a resident singer for American Opera Projects' Composers & the Voice. As a Stern Fellow at SongFest Mr. Diaz-Moresco premiered John and Abigail, by Ben Moore and sang the Baritone Soloist in Bernstein’s Songfest in a new arrangement for duo piano and percussion by John Musto.
Recent highlights include Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, playing the lead role in Robert Ashley's Dust, which was named one of the best classical music performances of 2017 by the New York Times, and singing the baritone role in Hydrogen Jukebox at Chautauqua Opera, under maestro Steven Osgood. Recitals and concerts include a second appearance with the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Series in Chicago, singing in the Philadelphia Orchestra's concert version of West Side Story and a performance of The Wanderlusting of Joseph C. at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.