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Brian Arreola has been described as a “robust Italian tenor” by the Washington Post, and his 2008 debut with The Minnesota Opera in Roméo et Juliette had the Pioneer Press praising his “fiery Tybalt.” Arreola was a founding member and co-artistic director of Cantus, a full-time professional touring group described by Fanfare Magazine as “the premier men’s vocal ensemble in the United States.” He co-founded Cantus while a student at St. Olaf College, where he studied cello and voice. Arreola is currently completing his doctoral studies in Vocal Performance at Indiana University, where he studies with Andreas Poulimenos and has sung Roméo (Roméo et Juliette), Des Grieux (Manon), Nelson Deadly (Too Many Sopranos), the Duke of Mantua (Rigoletto), and Rodolfo (La Bohème). Arreola has appeared as a soloist with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. He has been an apprentice artist at Des Moines Metro Opera and Opera Theater of St. Louis. Arreola made his professional operatic mainstage debut as Tybalt in The Minnesota Opera’s 2008 production of Roméo et Juliette, and made his European debut last fall, singing Don José in the Ente Concerti production of Le Cabaret de Carmen in Sardinia, Italy. He reprised that role with American Opera Theater earlier this year in Baltimore. Arreola will be featured twice with Opera Carolina this season, singing El Remendado in Carmen and Rodrigo in Otello; in 2011 he will sing Jacquino in Fidelio. Brian Arreola is an Assistant Professor of Voice and Opera at UNC Charlotte.