Tenor Dylan Elza is a native of Dallas, Texas and a returning member of Virginia Opera’s Herndon Foundation Emerging Artist program. Previously, Mr. Elza performed as Dave in Breaking, and F.B.I. Agent in An American Dream with Virginia Opera’s Variations Series, covered the role of Goro in Madama Butterfly, covered the role of the lead tenor, Nemorino, in L’elisir D’amore, and performed the same role in Virginia Opera’s fall outreach production. Most recently, Dylan performed as an Apprentice Artist this summer with Charlottesville Opera, covering the role Don José in La Tragédie de Carmen and singing in the semi-staged Encore series. Dylan is also featured on Spotify and iTunes in Opera Saratoga’s CD recording of Blitzstein’s The Cradle Will Rock as the Cop.
Mr. Elza has performed with professional companies in Santa Fe, Boston, and the Dallas Fort-Worth area, during which he made his European debut singing Pâris in La belle Hélène. Additional stage credits include Lenski in Eugene Onegin, Father Grenville in Dead Man Walking, Fenton in Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor with Boston Conservatory, Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore with the Seagle Music Colony, and Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus with the University of Texas at Arlington.
Dylan has performed with Performance Santa Fe for two consecutive years (2016 and 2017) for their winter outreach program. He has also worked with Opera Saratoga (2017), the Young Artist Vocal Academy at Houston Grand Opera (2016), Seagle Music Colony (2015 and 2016), Fort Worth Opera Chorus (2014-2016), and the Franco-American Vocal Academy (2014).
Mr. Elza graduated from the Boston Conservatory with his master’s degree in Opera Performance under the tutelage of Dr. Rebecca Folsom in 2018. He received his B.M., magna cum laude, in Voice Performance from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2016.