Vocalist - Bass-Baritone

Bass-baritone Eduardo Chama’s Don Pasquale has been acclaimed by critic of the Seattle Times: “Eduardo Chama was born to sing the title role. The Argentine bass-baritone … does heroic work on every level.” The Calgary Herald agrees, stating after performances of Le nozze di Figaro, “Argentine bass-baritone Eduardo Chama sang the title role of Figaro in an easy, stylish way, his voice strong and deep enough for the bass notes.”

Posted: Aug-7-2019
Latest News

Bass-Baritone Eduardo Chama has been announced in the upcoming 2018-19 Portland Opera season.  Mr. Chama will sing the role of Dr. Bartolo in Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia, which opens in June 2019. 

Posted: Jun-12-2018
Latest Acclaim

"'Miei rampoli femminini' is fast in tempo, strange in content and shows off Chama's impressive vocal dexterity...the performers, Chama and Thorn, come across as more cartoon than human. The two strut, dance and ham it up with the audience while simultaneously nailing challenging arias."

— Willamette Week
Posted: Jul-25-2018
Latest Recording
This world-premiere recording of Argentinean composer Osvaldo Golijov: Ainadamar, received the 2006 Grammy Awards for "Best Opera Recording" and "Best Classical Contemporary Composition."

Osvaldo Golijov
Robert Spano
Kelley O'Connor (Mezzo Soprano - Federico García Lorca)
Jessica Rivera (Soprano - Nuria)
Jesus Montoya (Voice - Ruiz Alonso)
Jose Eduardo Chama (Baritone - José Tripaldi)
Sean Mayer (Tenor - Maestro)
Robb Asklof (Tenor - Torero)
Anne Carolyn Bird (Soprano - Voice of the fountain)
Sindhu Chandrasekaran (Soprano - Voice of the fountain)
Gonzalo Grau (Congas)
Jeremy Flower (Laptop)
Adam Del Monte (Flamenco Guitar)
Gustavo Santaolalla (Sound Effects)
William Kanengiser (Guitar)
Andrew York (Guitar)
Dawn Upshaw (Soprano - Margarita Xirgu)

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At first blush, a new opera meditating on the life and death of Spanish poet/playwright Federico Garcia Lorca seems an unlikely choice to be a chart hit. However, Osvaldo Golijov's "Ainadamar" is precisely that . . . Amid his gorgeous lyrical lines and brilliantly colored orchestration, Golijov embroiders the guitar and cante jondo ("deep song") idioms of traditional flamenco with lilting Afro-Cuban grooves and hypnotic field recordings made in Chiapas, Mexico . . . Upshaw's enthusiasm seems to be shared by audiences, programmers and critics alike.

Concert Review / Anastasia Tsioulcas, Billboard (New York) / 10 June 2006

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No one writing music today crosses stylistic barriers with more lyrical bravado and sheer compositional nerve than Osvaldo Golijov.

New York Magazine / 18 December 2006

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. . . beautifully produced . . . beguiling sensuality and original, compelling drama that relates art to politically frightful times, distant from but not entirely unlike our own . . . so powerful a vocal and dramatic presence is Dawn Upshaw's Xirgu that we experience Lorca's death through her own. Golijov . . . has become famous for his Latin charisma, which is once more splashed all over this enormously appealing and highly theatrical score . . . Kelly O'Connor, a dark, alluring mezzo who was plucked from the USC student vocal program to create the role of Lorca, is a find. And the conductor, Robert Spano, gets lovingly inside the music.

Record Review / Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times / 14 May 2006
Posted: May-27-2006
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Posted: Dec-10-2007