Jesús Vicente Murillo

Jesús Vicente Murillo has been praised by Opera News as “utterly loveable, with an expansive sound and easy stage presence” and by Opera Chaser for his “sturdy and authoritative bass-baritone” in performances of opera, musical theater, concerts and art song recitals across the United States and Canada.

Murillo’s projects in the 2021-22 season include singing the roles of Leporello in Don Giovanni with Fargo-Moorhead Opera; Guillermo Kahlo/Rockefeller/ E.G. Robinson/Petate Vendor in Frida with both Michigan Opera Theatre and El Paso Opera; Il Prince di Bouillon in Adriana Lecouvreur with Baltimore Concert Opera; and Kassandra in Iannis Xenakis’s Kassandra with The Chamber Cartel of Atlanta. In summer of 2022, he will join the Gerdine Young Artist Program at Opera Theatre of St. Louis where he will sing Zuniga in Carmen. He also performed as the bass soloist in Fauré’s Requiem with The Church of St.-Martin-in-the-Fields, and in the concert, “Basses and Beer” with The Penn Square Music Festival. In the fall of 2021, the “standout” Murillo (Salt Lake Tribune) was heard as the Professor/Used Car Salesman in the world-premiere workshop of Lisa DeSpain and David Simpatico’s That Hell-Bound Train at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center.

Since making his debut with Michigan Opera Theatre as The Android in The Very Last Green Thing at the age of eighteen, he has appeared with Opera Saratoga, Opera Louisiane, Charlottesville Opera, Caramoor, Opera in Williamsburg, Salt Lake Choral Artists, Seagle Music Colony, Arbor Opera Theater, Thompson Street Opera, and Main Street Opera. In 2019 he completed a two-year residency with Utah Opera where he sang over 450 performances with the company. While there, the Utah Arts Review wrote that Murillo was a “delight, singing and hamming [his] way through…with disarming wit and over-the-top bravado” in the role of the Businessman in The Little Prince, and Opera News said that “Jesus Murillo sang with a potent baritone, and passion in the dual role of the Spanish Sailor, and Captain Gardiner” in Moby Dick. Since then, Murillo has gone on to cover Dr. Bartolo in The Barber of Seville at Santa Fe Opera, and perform the roles of Figaro in ¡Figaro! (90210) with Chautauqua Opera, Dr. Bartolo in The Barber of Seville with Fargo-Moorhead Opera, Betto in Gianni Schicchi/Buoso’s Ghost with Michigan Opera Theatre, and Masetto in Don Giovanni with Bare Opera.

Murillo received his bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from the University of Michigan, and his master’s degree from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. He is currently based out of Philadelphia.