Venezuelan baritone, Camilo Lopez, is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Voxalis Opera, an arts organization slowly positioning itself as Brisbane’s alternate opera company.
At his young age, Camilo has proven to be an exciting rising operatic baritone with a multi-faceted emerging career as a performer, producer, and director. In 2023, Camilo made his soloist debut at the Queensland Art Song Festival and The Sunshine Coast Chamber Music Festival, and later in the year, he will join the Opera Australia and Opera Queensland’s ensemble for the first Wagner’s Ring Cycle to be performed in Brisbane, Australia.
As Artistic Director and co-founder of Voxalis Opera, Camilo has steadily helped diversify Brisbane’s operatic scene by creating innovative, attractive and inclusive performances for both audiences, and Queensland artists. 2024 sees Camilo at the head of several projects, including their first production of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel.
Camilo made his professional debut in 2015-2016 as an ensemble member for the Teatro Teresa Carreño’s season of Puccini’s Tosca and Ruiz’s Los Martirios de Colón (Venezuela). Since then, Camilo has performed in several operas as a soloist and ensemble member. Previous roles include Aeneas (Dido and Aeneas), Harry Easter (Street Scene), Demetrius (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Schaunard (La bohème), Il Conte (Le Nozze di Figaro), Un Sargent (Manon). Camilo received critical acclaim for his role as Harry Easter in Kurt Weill's Street Scene. Peter Pinne (Stage Whispers) stated: “The work came alive with the obvious Broadway pieces, with Camilo Lopez as Harry Easter nailing the song-and-dance Wouldn’t You Like To be On Broadway”.
Equally at home on the concert platform, he has performed several art song recitals and has collaborated with ensembles such as the Brisbane Concert Orchestra and The Amadeus Orchestra. In 2022, Camilo performed Rameau’s secular cantata ‘Thetis' alongside the Brisbane Baroque Players.
Camilo make his directorial debut in Voxalis Opera’s A Celebration of Opera (2022) which received a four-star review by Arts Hub (Suzannah Conway). This was followed by the premiere of A Woman’s Love and Life in March 2023; an original performance based on Schumann’s beloved song cycle. In May 2023, Camilo joined director and mentor Lois Redman as her assistant director for the Val Machin Opera Scenes: Orpheus at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University. In October, they willl join forces one more time for Voxalis Opera's The Two Queens , featuring Donizetti's Maria Stuarda and Roberto Devereux.
Camilo completed a Bachelor of Music and a Masters of Music Studies in Opera Performance (with Distinction) at the Queensland Conservatorium where he studied with Dr. Margaret Schindler and Mattias Lower. Here, Camilo received multiple academic awards including the Griffith Award for Academic Excellence from 2018 to 2021, and the Griffith Remarkable Scholarship for postgraduate studies.