"As Rodolfo in Opera Australia's production of La Bohème on Tuesday, Mr. Torre proved himself not only a fine singer, but a talented actor... his upper register is just as silky as Pavarotti's. His voice is poignant rather than impassioned, and his stage presence palpable... Mr. Torre ran through the spectrum of emotions, from infatuation for Mimì's languid beauty in Act I to despair at her premature expiry in the finale. His wailing as he holds the motionless Mimì is so heart-wrenching that the curtain drops abruptly, as if to spare the audience further agony."
Born in Mexico City, tenor Diego Torre is a two-year graduate of the Domingo - Thornton Young Artist's program at LA Opera, where he made his company debut three seasons ago as Don José in performances of Carmen. In his debut season with Wolf Trap Opera Company, Mr. Torre sang Conte Ivrea in Verdi's Un Giorno di Regno, Captain in Candide, and Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos. He was invited to return to Wolf Trap in the summer of 2009 to play Rodolfo in La Bohème, where The Washington Times said of his performance, "His passion was real, his heartbreak was immense, and his commanding, gloriously sculpted instrument makes him an up-and-coming talent to be watched." He was then engaged for the 2009/2010 season at The Metropolitan Opera to play the Messenger in Aida and Federico in Stiffelio, followed by Masaniello in La Muette de Portici for Dessau Opera.
Since then, Mr. Torre's career has expanded to the international level. He has performed Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor for Savonlinna Opera Festival; covered for Plácido Domingo in the title role of Il Postino at Los Angeles Opera; and performed Cavaradossi in Tosca at Boston Lyric Opera. He also sang in a concert at the Santo Domingo Music Festival; performed both Rodolfo in La Bohème and Don José in Carmen at Staatstheater Darmstadt; and was invited to return to Savonlinna to perform Cavaradossi in Tosca. Recently, Mr. Torre finished singing 22 performances of Rodolfo in La Bohème for Opera Australia in their 2011-2012 season, followed immediately by performing the same role for Den Norske Opera & Ballet in Oslo. He then performed another Cavaradossi at Karlsruhe, Germany, and made his house and role debut performing Foresto in Attila at San Francisco Opera. He also made his role debuts performing Tebaldo in I Capuleti e i Montecchi and Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly at Den Norske Opera & Ballet, and was re-engaged by Opera Australia to perform Cavaradossi, Rodolfo, and Riccardo in Un Ballo in Maschera in their 2012-2013 season. He then made his house debut at Teatro Regio di Parma performing Gabriele Adorno in Simon Boccanegra at their Verdi Festival. Upcoming engagements include Cavaradossi in his debut at Florida Grand Opera; and he will return to Den Norske Opera & Ballet to reprise his performance of Rodolfo in their production of La Bohème, which was previously released on DVD and named one of the best classical recordings of 2012 by The New York Times.
Mr. Torre began his studies at 20 years old, when he attended Mexico's National School of Music; there he studied under the supervision of Maestro Rufino Montero. He also belonged to S.I.V.A.M., Mexico's most prestigious Young Artist Development Program.
Mr. Torre is the recipient of many awards, including 3rd Place in Neue Stimmen 2007, 2nd Prize in the 2003 First National Singing Contest "Nicolás Urcelay", third place in the XXIII National Singing Contest "Carlo Morelli", and first place in the Singing Contest "Francisco Araiza" in Mexico City.
Mr. Torre has also participated twice in the Summer Opera Program of EPCASO where he studied with such legendary teachers as Claudia Pinza, Enza Ferrari, Maurizio Arena and the soprano Maria Chiara.