Gabriel Gargari

As a first generation Mexican-American, Gabriel Gargari is making a niche for himself in the classical music world.

Gabriel just made his Carnegie Hall-Weill Recital Hall debut in October with "Elysium — between two continents." He will also perform the tenor solos in Haydn's Heilig-Messe with the Choral Society of the Hamptons in December. 

He was interviewed by Sandra Villerias’ Plática y Café on www.tvacapulco.com with renowned poet Manuel S. Leyva of Mexico which was viewed in countries such as Israel, Argentina, Mexico, and USA in February. Gabriel is blessed to have the patronage of Mr. Leyva.

Last December, he sang the tenor solos in Ariel Ramirez’ Misa Criolla with the Bellingham Chamber Chorale under Tim Fitzpatrick in December where he received a standing ovation. He also made his professional opera debut with Bellevue Opera in April singing the role of Remendado in Bizet’s Carmen under the baton of Alex Innicco. During the summer of 2007, Gabriel was honored to be chosen by legendary soprano Martina Arroyo to sing the four servants in Offenbach’sTales of Hoffman in her Prelude to Performance summer program.  

He received a Bachelor’s degree from WWU in Bellingham where he studied with Davida Kagen. He performed leading roles in the one-act operas of Ernst Krenek’s Der Diktator and Paul Hindemith’s Hin und Züruck. Gabriel won the hearts of audiences in 2005 with his Latin interpretation of Alfred in Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus. Gabriel was very fortunate to be a part of the Opus 7 Vocal Ensemble for four years while attending WWU.  He went on to receive a Masters degree in voice from Manhattan School of Music where he studied with famed baritone Mark Oswald. At MSM, he performed in CendrillonIl Tabarro, Gianni SchicchiDialogues des Carmélites and scenes from Le Nozze di Figaro. He currently works with Anthony Laciura, principal character tenor at the MET for the past 25 years. No stranger to concert repertoire, Gabriel has sung the tenor solos in Mozart’s Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang, and Handel’sMessiah.

Gabriel has received honors including the 2004 Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council in Seattle and was awarded a Seattle Opera Guild Grant in 2005 and in April 2008. He also received the Michael Mitchell Memorial Scholarship from the Performing Arts Festival Eastside in 2005.  

Gabriel has already had the honor of working with such distinguished conductors such as Tom Muraco, Laurent Pillot, Michael Palmer, Dan Saunders and Steven Crawford, both from the Metropolitan Opera.  

When he’s not performing he enjoys acrobatics, food, and collecting coins/bills from foreign countries. Gabriel is thrilled to be back at MMR.