Salvador Villanueva
Photo: Jan Willem Kaldenbach

Salvador Villanueva


Tenor Salvador Villanueva grew up in Hermosillo, Mexico, and began his vocal training at the Universidad de Sonora, under the direction of Dr. Marybel Ferrales. After this, he took master classes with internationally renowned teachers such as Joan Dornemann, Eytan Pessen, Carlos Conde, Teresa Rodríguez, Yury llinov, André Dos Santos, Katherine Ciesinski, Iván López Reynoso, Andrés Sarre, Héctor Acosta, Alejandro Miyaki, Rennier Piñero, Aida Bousselma and Alfredo Portilla. He participated in festivals such as the Alfonso Ortiz Tirado Festival in 2019 and 2020, as well as in the 17th edition of the international meeting of opera Artescénica in 2019. He was also a participant in the Alfonso Ortiz Tirado Opera Workshop in 2020 and a fellow at Opera Studio Beckmann in 2021.

Salvador made his debut in Ricardo Castro’s Mexican opera La Leyenda de Rudel, a production of the Mexico Opera Studio (MOS), directed by Rennier Piñero and Alejandro Miyaki. He also sang at opera gala’s, accompanied by the Sonora Philharmonic Orchestra and the Coahuila Desert Philharmonic Orchestra.

Starting season 2023/2024, Salvador will join the Dutch National Opera Studio: “I first heard about the Studio through an agent, and I knew immediately that this would be a great opportunity for my budding career as an opera singer. It will be very enlightening to be in the theatre every day and to see how everything works, and to witness how all operas are coming about. In the coming year, I want to grow as an artist, both by working on my singing technique and by gaining experience on the grand stage. I am incredibly looking forward to it!"

At Dutch National Opera, he recently sang Gastone in La traviata and the role of The Tenor in The Four Note Opera. May 2024 Salvador will sing in Il trittico the role of Un venditore di canzonette and Un amante (Il tabarro).

Last update:18 April 2024