Philippine-born and Naturalized-American tenor Arthur Espiritu has been steadily establishing himself as an accomplished International Classical Singer. He was born in Morong, Rizal Philippines, then immigrated to the United States in his teens with his parents. He finished his studies in Music Performance with an Artist Diploma from Oberlin College Conservatory of Music under the studio of the late Vocal Pedagog Richard Miller. He also earned his Bachelor of Arts and Masters in Music Performance from the University of New Orleans under the studio of Dr. Raquel Cortina. His current teachers are Dr. Raquel Cortina in New Orleans and Dr. Robert C. White Jr. in New York.
Mr. Espiritu has portrayed many leading tenor roles in North America, Europe, and Asia. He is on the last leg of his European tour just getting finished performing the role of Alfredo in Verdi’s “La Traviata” with Oper Klosterneuburg in Vienna over the summer then he will once again play the role of Cassio in Verdi’s “Otello" with Frankfurt Opera. Prior to Traviata, he debuted the role of Gualtiero in Bellini’s “Il Pirata” with Theater St. Gallen, Switzerland. Most recently Mr. Espiritu reprised the role of Rodolfo in Puccini’s “La Boheme” with Israeli Opera, Tel-Aviv, the role of Prince Ramiro in Rossini’s “La Cenerentola” with State Theater Gaertnerplatz, Munich, also a debut with Opera Australia (Sydney Opera House) as Rodolfo in Puccini's "La Boheme" and as The Shepherd in Szymanowski’s Opera in Polish "King Roger" 2016/17, a debut with St. Margarethen Opera Summer Festival as The Duke in Verdi’s “Rigoletto”, a debut with Munich Symphony in a concert series in Munich as a Solo Artist.
During the 2015/16 season Mr. Espiritu debuted as Rinuccio in Puccini’s “Gianni Schicchi” with Frankfurt Opera, reprised the role of Prince Ramiro in La Cenerentola, and Elvino in Bellini’s La Sonnambula with Staatstheater am Gaertnerplatz, Munich, also debuted with Theater Basel as Ferrando in Mozart’s “Cosi fan tutte", Mr. Espiritu reprised the role of Duca in Verdi’s “Rigoletto" with Oper Klosterneuburg, as well as his first Rodolfo in Puccini’s “La Boheme” with Theater Magdeburg, he also debuted the role of Fernando in Donizetti’s “La Favorita” with Theater St. Gallen Summer Festival Opera, reprised the role of Ernesto in Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale” in his debut appearance with with Oper Leipzig, he sang the role of the Lamplighter in Puccini’s "Manon Lescaut" with Baden-Baden Festspiele. His career highlights include a debut of the role Ferrando in Michael Hampe’s staging of Mozart’s “Cosi fan tutte” with Teatro alla Scala, then debuted the role of Tamino in Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte” with Israeli Opera Tel-Aviv, he debuted the role of Publio in one of Mozart’s early works "Il sogno di Scipione” with Gotham Chamber Opera, New York, and his recent interpretation of the role of the Shepherd in Szymanowski's Polish Opera "King Roger" and a debut in Sydney Opera House as Rodolfo in Puccini's "La Boheme". Both roles were with Opera Australia.
Mr. Espiritu has sung in notable places and organizations such as Teatro alla Scala, Théâtre des Champs-Élysée, Sydney Opera House Opera Australia, Teatro Piccolo Milano, Oper Leipzig, Santa Fe Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Opera Theater of St.Louis, Marlboro Music Festival, Louisiana Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, The Royal Opera of Versailles, Brucknerhaus in Linz, La Verdi Symphony Orchestra in Milan, Esplanade Concert Hall in Singapore, Berlin Philharmonic Digital Concert hall, Baden-Baden Festspiele, and many more through the years since 2008 where he started his professional career.
For the season 2018/19, Mr. Espiritu will debut several roles namely the role of Roberto, Earl of Leicester in Donizetti’s “Maria Stuarda” in Munich and a reprise of the role Rodolfo in Puccini’s "La Boheme” with Theater Gärtnerplatz, and for the very first time a French Opera role debut in the title role of Faust in Gounod’s “Faust” with Theater St. Gallen.
Arthur Espiritu is a winner of the distinguished 2009 George London Award. Furthermore he won the La Scala award at the Belvedere Competition in 2007. He then won top prizes in voice competitions such as The Irene Dalis Competition Opera San Jose, California, Opera Birmingham Voice Competition, Alabama, Finalist and 2nd Prize winner of The Regional Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Winner of numerous NATS competitions both regionals and nationals, and 2nd Prize winner of the National Opera Association Competition in New York.