"Esteban Zúñiga Calderón has the dizzying high register needed for the stratospheric tenor part of Prince Ramiro." Hubbell Stone / Finger Lakes Times.
Hailing from Cartago, Costa Rica, Tenor Esteban José Zúñiga Calderón is pursuing the degree of Doctor in Musical Arts with a specialization in Historical Performance Practice at the University of Oregon, under the tutelage of Professor Eric Mentzel and Dr. Camille Ortiz. He obtained his Master’s degree in Manhattan School of Music thanks to a full scholarship, studying with former Metropolitan Opera tenor Neil Rosenshein. Zúñiga has also had the opportunity to work with a number of important figures in the world of North American Classical Music, such as Sherril Milnes, Martina Arroyo, Arturo O'Farril, Mignon Dunn, Ashley Putnam, Gary Wedow, Katherine Malfitano and Kent Tritle. He holds a Bachelor’s and Licenciatura from the National University of Costa Rica.
He has been a remarkable participant at multiple performances, concerts, festivals and opera programs, in the United States and in Latin America. Zúñiga has sung the male leading roles in operas by Rossini, Donizetti, Mozart, Bizet, Handel, P. Davis, García and Guerrero. He has also performed as a soloist in works for choir and orchestra by composers like Bach, Mozart, Schubert, Saint-Saënz, Von Martinez, Schütz and Orff. His comprimario roles include operas by Mozart, Puccini, J. Strauss and R. Strauss. He has also covered roles in operas by M.A. Charpentier, J. Eccles and T. Picker. His work in chamber music includes pieces by Monteverdi, Rameau, Schubert, Rossini and Debussy.
In the present day, Zúñiga continues teaching young singers at the University of Oregon along with his doctoral studies.