About Jared

Jared V. Esguerra Select credits: West Side Story (A-Rab) at the Edinburgh International Festival; Moby Dick (Greenhorn cover) and Rita (Beppe cover) at Chicago Opera Theater; Carmen (La Remendado) with Fort Wayne Philharmonic; Falstaff (Fenton) with Crested Butte Music Festival; Così fan tutte (Ferrando) with Floating Opera Company. 
Awards: Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (Illinois District, 2017 & Wisconsin District, 2019)—District Winner.
Education: DePaul University (Bachelor of Music, 2012).


To Watch

Virtual Sing-In, Part 3

Opera Invasion 1: Ballads on Balconies, Tour A

Week Three Master Class

Opera Invasion 2

Young Artist Interview

Jared EsguerraQ: What is your hometown?
A: Glen Ellyn, IL

Q: What was the first opera you saw and how old were you?
A: Falstaff at Lyric Opera of Chicago with my music theory AP class when I was 17.

Q: What was the first opera in which you performed?
A: The Mikado by G&S as part of the chorus.

Q: Opera features some pretty iconic characters. Who is your favorite operatic character and why?
A: Carmen. She's a confident, strong woman who does what she wants and goes out on her terms.

Q: Who are your opera singing idols?
A: Matthew Polenzani and Lawrence Brownlee

Q: What do you love most about opera?
A: When things go right, they go right in the best way. 

Q: Chautauquans love their ice-cream! What is your favorite flavor?
A: I love a funky savory type of flavor but in a pinch, a good ole cookies n' cream will do!

Photo caption: Eric Botto in concert singing "Maria" from West Side Story at the Crested Butte Music Festival, as part of the Festival's Bernstein 100 celebration. Photo Credi: Xavier Fane.

Spotify Playlist

Each week, two of our Young Artists will draw inspiration from Chautauqua Institution’s weekly theme and weekly interfaith theme to curate Spotify playlists for your listening pleasure. We hope these playlists provide inspiration, joy, and a chance to engage with these themes in a different way.

For Week Four, Jared drew inspiration from the theme Ethics in Tech: Corporate, Scientific, and Personal Responsibility