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Biography

Oliver Poveda-Zavala is a South American bass, raised in the Andean highlands of Quito, Ecuador. He is known for his debonair charisma, and vocal sophistication.

 

Mr. Poveda-Zavala has performed with the Lamont Opera Theatre, in Denver, Colorado portraying the roles of Le fauteuil and L'arbre from Ravel’s enchanting opera, L'enfant et les sortilèges, the sage high priest, Sarastro, in Mozart’s masonic opera, Die Zauberflöte, as well as Simone and Talpa from Puccini’s famous triptych, Il Tabarro and Gianni Schicchi respectively.

 

Mr. Poveda-Zavala made his role debut of Duke Bluebeard in Béla Bartók’s one-act expressionist opera, Bluebeard’s Castle with the Denver Immersive Opera. He has also played less serious roles like Bartolo and Antonio in Mozart’s commedia, Le nozze di Figaro, and Dottore Dulcamara in Rossini’s melodramma giocoso, L’Elisir D’Amore under the baton of Jorge Parodi in Morelia, Mexico, and in Williamsburg, Virginia respectively.

 

Mr. Poveda-Zavala made his role debut of Colline in Opera Steamboat’s production of Puccini’s verismo Opera, La bohème in the Summer of 2022. He will now be making his debut as Leporello in Mozart’s tragicomedy, Don Giovanni, in Mazatlán, Mexico, and will reprise the role in February of 2023 with Light Opera of New Jersey.

 

In June of 2018, Mr. Poveda-Zavala made his role debut of Sarastro in La flauta mágica de los Andes, an Andean folkloric adaptation by Ecuadorian composer, Segundo Cóndor, of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte at the Teatro Nacional Sucre in Ecuador.

 

Mr. Poveda-Zavala has won the Ann Logan Craft vocal competition held by the Lamont Opera Theatre in 2021 and 2022. He was also awarded the Sherry Sheperd Sargent Memorial Award as a finalist at the Denver Lyric Opera Guild vocal competition in 2021. And, at the beginning of 2018, Mr. Poveda-Zavala won the first prize of the Chamber Music Honor Competition at the Lamont School of Music.

Mr. Poveda-Zavala is currently an apprentice artist with Central City Opera for their 2023 Festival season. Visit centralcityopera.org for more details.

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