Hometown: San Sebastian, Puerto Rico
Puerto-Rican Baritone Joeavian Rivera completed his first season with the Moores Opera Center (2021–2022) where he was featured as Carl-Magnus in Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, Achilla in Händel’s Giulio Cesare, Krušina in Smetana’s The Bartered Bride, and as Pistola in the Act III finale of Verdi’s Falstaff in concert with the Moores School of Music Symphony Orchestra. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of North Florida School of Music where he was the recipient of the Miyuki and Herb Scheidel Classical Music Full-Tuition Scholarship and was awarded the Study Abroad International Learning Scholarship. There, he was seen as Koko in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado as well as both Papageno & Sprecher with UNF Opera and the European Music Academy and North Czech Philharmonic. Additionally, Joeavian was featured as a student soloist in Händel’s Messiah with the UNF Chamber Singers and participated in masterclasses with Heidi Melton, David Jones, and Nancy Hermiston. Other highlights include participating in the chorus of the Jacksonville Symphony’s concert version of Wagner’s Götterdämmerung featuring Christine Brewer as Brünnhilde, as well as their production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the Times Union Center for the Performing Arts. Joeavian is currently pursuing his Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance at the University of Houston Moores School of Music, where he studies with Baritone Héctor Vásquez.