Graduate Voice Student Byron Mayes to perform in Opera Santa Barbara's "The Barber of Seville" this weekend

Byron Mayes (photo by Zach Mendez)

UCSB graduate voice student and Opera Santa Barbara Mosher Studio Artist Byron Mayes (baritone) will play the role of Fiorello in Opera Santa Barbara’s production of Gioachino Rossini’s The Barber of Seville this Friday, March 2nd at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 4th at 2 p.m. at the Granada Theatre.
 
Mayes recently played the role of Figaro in UCSB Opera Theatre’s production of The Marriage of Figaro, and is in pursuit of both a master’s and doctorate in Vocal Performance under the guidance of Dr. Linda Di Fiore. He received his bachelor’s in Vocal Performance from Columbus State University where he studied with Professor Earl Coleman. While attending Columbus State, he performed the role of Belcore in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore, Bill Bobstay in Gilbert & Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore, and Melchior in Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors. Following graduation, Byron returned to his hometown of Houston, TX where he performed with the Houston Grand Opera chorus, participating in HGO’s productions of Verdi’s Otello, Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel. He has since been a part of Opera Santa Barbara’s chorus performing in their productions of Bizet’s Carmen and Janáček’s The Cunning Little VixenThis January, he attended the National Opera Association’s Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA, where he competed in the 33rd NOA Carolyn Bailey and Dominick Argento Vocal Competition and was presented with the Legacy Award.
 
Tickets for Opera Santa Barbara’s The Barber of Seville are available online or by calling (805) 899-2222.
 
Photo by Zach Mendez.
Byron Mayes (Zach Mendez)