Biography

Juan Cuevas

Juan Cuevas began his studies at the National Conservatory of Music in Santo Domingo, with Prof. Rafael Sánchez Cestero and received a Music Diploma from the Pablo Casals Conservatory of Puerto Rico. He moved to New York City and studied the Manhattan School of Music, where he graduated with a bachelor and later a master’s degree in music and vocal perfomance.

He has made a career in the United States, Europe and Latin America, having toured major stages in the world. Cuevas has sung with remarkable success at the Sofia Opera House (Bulgaria), where he caused sensation by performing twice in a row the difficult aria “Di quella pira” from the opera Il Trovatore. He gave a concert in Buenos Aires at the Urugüay Embassy.

He was also a soloist in Verdi’s Requiem in commemoration of the Millennium, held in 2000, in the Catedral Primada de América, with Maestro Carlos Piantini and the Choir of the Cathedral of Santo Domingo.

Juan Cuevas has a wide repertoire consisting of a set of French and German operas and art songs. He had a resounding success singing the “Misa Criolla” with choir, piano and percussion by Argentine composer Ariel Ramírez at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. He also offered a concert with the Dominican tenor Francisco Casanova and a famous group of North American singers at the Merkin Hall of Lincoln Center in New York.

He has been nominated ten times for the Soberano Awards, formerly called the Casandra Awards, in the Lyrical Singer category, being this winner of the award in 2004, 2010 and 2011.

During his career, he participated in numerous concerts in the Manuel Rueda Auditorium, with the National Symphony Orchestra of the Dominican Republic, conducted by Maestro Fernando Geraldes.

He participated in the artistic cast of Bellas Artes in the Tribute to Verdi, on the occasion of the centenary of his death, where arias, duos and quartets of works by this author were performed, with the accompaniment of the National Symphony Orchestra, also directed by the Maestro Fernando Geraldes.

Mr. Cuevas has participated as a soloist in popular concerts offered by the Ministry of Culture called “Concert in Shirt Sleeves” with the National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Amaury Sánchez. He organized and performed concerts in commemoration of the second anniversary of the death of Maestro Rafael Sánchez Cestero. The reception from the public was such that the direction of the National Theater in the celebration of its 28th Anniversary decided to repeat this recital of arias, romanzas of zarzuela, German and Dominican art songs, accompanied by the pianist Antón Fustier.

In his most recent presentations, he offered two concerts in Tribute to Women, in the Sala de la Cultura Hall of the National Theater and the Máximo Avilés Blonda Hall at the Palacio de Bellas Artes; the concert Homenaje a las Madres Dominicanas, as a soloist accompanied by the Philharmonic Orchestra and the National Choir conducted by José Enrique Espín in Santiago; the Gala Puccini concert in the Sala de la Cultura of the National Theater, accompanied on piano by Antón Fustier; the tribute concert to Maestro Rafael Sánchez Cestero and the World Peace Concert in the Máximo Avilés Blonda Hall at the Palacio de Bellas Artes.

He participated in the Gala Lírica concert in Tribute to María Remolá at the Máximo Avilés Blonda Hall with the accompaniment of the Santo Domingo Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Carlos Andrés Mejía Zuluaga and sang as a soloist with the National Choir of the Dominican Republic, directed by José Enrique Espín in Santiago, in the Commemorative Concert of the 45th Anniversary of the APEC University.

Mr. Cuevas was a soloist in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, accompanied by the National Choir and the National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Maestro José Antonio Molina at the National Theater, the Basilica of Higüey, the Cathedral of La Vega and the Cathedral of Moca.

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