|Bari-Chunk to Bari-Hunk Edwin David Vargas|
We introduced Edwin David Vargas to readers last year after he was inspired by barihunk Michael Mayes to get his body in shape, as well as his voice. He's been flourishing at the Brooklyn College CUNY where he's getting his Masters Degree. We also noticed that he's still hitting the gym and looking great, so we decided to share an update of his progress.
He recently performed Germont père in Verdi's La traviata at the university and will now take on the title role in Mozart's Don Giovanni. With his new physique, Leporello may have to add to the list of Don Giovanni's conquests in the Catalog Aria. We'll have additional information about the production soon.
Vargas has previously sung Ford in Verdi's Falstaff and Don Alvaro in Rossini's Il viaggio a Reims at CUNY. He graduated from the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico, where he sang Don Giovanni at the Opera Workshop, Schaunard in Puccini's La boheme, Count Almaviva in Marriage of Figaro, Dandini Rossini's La Cenerentola and King Melchior in Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors.
He has participated in the International Vocal Arts Institute in Chiari, Italy and Puerto Rico. He made his American debut with Nevada Opera in their production of Puccini's Madame Butterfly as Yamadori and Sharpless, returning later to perform in their aforementioned Don Giovanni. In 2012, he sang a concert in Carnegie Hall with Remarkable Theater Brigade.