Hailed by Opera News Magazine as “superb,” and “show-stealing,” and as "a triumph" by the San Francisco Chronicle, baritone Igor Vieira made his professional debut in his native Rio de Janeiro at age 17 singing the role of Dancaïre in Bizet’s Carmen.
Subsequent roles have included the title roles in Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Mozart's Don Giovanni and Debussy's Pélleas et Mélisande as well as Junius in Britten's The Rape of Lucretia, Ford in Verdi’s Falstaff, Lescaut in Puccini’s Manon Lescaut, Tonio in Leoncavallo's I Pagliacci, Germont in Verdi's La Traviata, Alberich in Wagner's Siegfried and most recently the title role in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro.
Mr. Vieira has professionally performed 92 different operatic roles ranging from the Baroque Period to World Premiers with such companies as the San Francisco Opera, the Theatro Municipal of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil,) Opera Santa Barbara, Sacramento Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Teatro Solis (Urugay,) Tacoma Opera, Fresno Grand Opera, Teatro Barakaldo (Spain,) West Bay Opera, Berkeley Opera, San Francisco Lyric Opera, Fremont Opera, Rimrock Opera, Festival Opera/Walnut Creek, Oakland Opera Theater, Teatro São Pedro (Brazil,) Palácio das Artes (Brazil,) Tacoma Opera, Pocket Opera, Opera San Luis Obispo, Abilene Opera, Hidden Valley Opera, Opera Parallele, Opera in Williamsburg, Townsend Opera and the Opera Festivals of Belem and Manaus in Brazil as well as the Tiburon Music Festival, the Mendocino Music Festival and Napa's Festival del Sole in the US.
In June of 2010, Mr. Vieira had the honor of making his San Francisco Opera debut in the role of Happy in Puccini's La Fanciulla del West, being the very first male Brazilian singer ever to perform with that company. In the Fall of 2011 Mr. Vieira was invited back to the San Francisco Opera stage in the role of Gubetta in Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia with Renee Fleming in the title role, where he was favorably mentioned in virtually every review of the production. This production of Lucrezia Borgia has recently been commercialy released in video by the EuroArts label to critical acclaim.
Mr. Vieira is a world finalist of the 1995 Luciano Pavarotti Voice Competition in Philadelphia, a recipient of the Margareth Tudor Award (Princeton) for two consecutive years and the Kaplan Foundation Award (Kansas City) for outstanding artistry. He was also awarded Second Place on the East Bay Opera League Voice Competition in 2006 and was a semi-finalist of the Competizione d'Opera in Dresden - Germany in 2008.
In the concert and oratorio fields, Mr. Vieira has performed the baritone solo part in Orff’s Carmina Burana with the National Symphony in Bogotá (Colombia,) the Marin and the Merced Symphonies in California (USA) as well as the Amazonas Philharmonic in Manaus (Brazil.) He has also performed Mozart's Requiem with the Silicon Valley Symphony, Mozart's Grand Mass in C minor and Saint-Saens's Christmas Oratorio with the Master Works Chorale in San Mateo - California, the Durufle's Requiem with the Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra and the Marin Symphony, as well as Brhams's Ein Deutsches Requiem with the Napa Valley Symphony. In Brazil, Mr. Vieira sang Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Guarulhos Youth Symphony, the Orquestra Sinfonica Brasileira in Rio de Janeiro and with the Brazilian National Symphony in Brasilia.
Recently Mr. Vieira has toured Europe singing the soloist parts in Mozart's Grand Mass in C minor in Hungary and Slovakia as well as the Dvorak's Requiem at the world famous Dvorak's Hall in Prague - Czech Republic. He also has made his San Francisco Symphony debut at Davies Concert Hall, singing the baritone solos in Orff's Carmina Burana.
Mr. Vieira holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music from the prestigious Westminster Choir College in Princeton - New Jersey, and a Master’s Degree in Voice Performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.