|Xavier Edgardo from the 2013 Barihunks Calendar
Edgardo and Yurrita will perform works by Mozart, Satie, Ravel, Bellini, Donizetti, Duchesne, Spohr, Puccini, Bizet, Schubert, Delano, Debussy, Guastavino, Bernstein and others.
The 23-year-old singer studied at the University of Puerto Rico and was encouraged to pursue studies as a soloist after being a standout participant in the choir. He honed his solo skills for two seasons at the International Vocal Arts Institute run by the esteemed Joan Dorneman, assistant conductor at the Metropolitan Opera.
Edgardo has participated in and won a number of vocal competitions, include many in Europe. This led to him being invited to perform as a soloist with the Mundus Cantat Festival in Gdansk, Poland. He has also performed Mahler's Symphony no. 2 in C minor (Resurrection) with the Simón Bolívar Youth under the direction of Gustavo Dudamel. He has participated in masterclasses with a number of great singers, including fellow Puerto Rican Justino Diaz, Denis Sedov, Sherril Milnes, Mignon Dunn and Elaine Ortiz Arandes.