Armando Contreras (baritone) recently received his master’s degree at the University of Missouri- Kansas City (UMKC) studying under Vinson Cole. In 2016, Armando was the winner of the Celestial Opera Vocal Competition, Brena Hazzard Scholarship Competition with Mu Phi Epsilon, Naftzger Competition in the Vocal Division, UMKC Concerto Competition and the Kansas City Mu Phi Epsilon Music Competition. In 2015, Armando was the recipient of the Encouragement Award at the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions in the Midwest Region. Mr. Contreras made his professional opera debut in July as Peter McCourt in Central City Opera’s Ballad of Baby Doe where he received the John Baril Award. At UMKC, he sang the leading baritone roles of John Brooke (Little Women), Papageno (The Magic Flute) and Guglielmo (Così fan tutte). At the Aspen Music Festival, Armando debuted as Paris in Roméo et Juliette and was the baritone soloist in Kurt Weil’s Seven Deadly Sins. In 2015, he made his Kansas City Symphony debut singing the Toreador aria from Carmen and made his Cleveland Orchestra debut in 2014 singing Papageno’s aria. Mr. Contreras made his Lyric Opera of Kansas City debut in 2015 in Don Giovanni and has also sang in their productions of Elixir of Love, Carmen, and Le nozze di Figaro. He is also a graduate from the Cleveland Institute of Music where he received the Fredrick B. Prentice Award for Excellence in Voice. At CIM, he sang the leading baritone roles of Papageno, Bartley in Riders to the Sea, and Il Conte in Il Matrimonio Segreto. His future engagements include: the title role in Gianni Schicchi with UMKC, featured recitalist with Mu Phi Epsilon Alumni Chapter, baritone soloist in Faure’s Requiem with Visitation Catholic Church, 2nd Prison Guard in Dead Man Walking with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and featured soloist with the Midwest Chamber Ensemble. Armando is a six- year member of Mu Phi Epsilon.