Recently reviewed in the Huffington Post as a “breakout star” and “powerhouse lyric tenor,” young tenor Dominick Chenes was most recently seen this summer as Alfredo in La traviata at the Pa Skaret Opera Festival, Riccardo in Un ballo in maschera at the Academy of Vocal Arts directed by Tito Capobianco, a role in which he also just made his professional debut in with Austin Lyric Opera this season. Next season he makes his debut at Grand Théâtre de Genève as Iopas in Les Troyens with Maestro Dutoit, followed by Don José in Carmen with Palm Beach Opera and his debut as Mario Cavaradossi in Tosca with the Minnesota Opera. In 2016–2017 he returns to Austin Opera as Pinkerton, Don José with Utah Opera and also returns to Geneva as Rodolfo in La bohème, a role he will also sing with Welsh National Opera in 2017.
Currently in his fourth year, he has performed Rodolfo in La bohème at AVA, conducted by Christofer Macatsoris in February 2015. Other roles at at the Academy include Alfredo in La traviata and Gherman in Pique Dame. In 2013 he made his Alice Tully hall debut with the Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation as well as a concert for the Gerda Lissner Foundation in Zankel Hall.
Dominick is a graduate of the University of Las Vegas, where he performed Don Jose in Carmen, Ferrando in Così fan tutte, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, and Rodolfo. In 2013, he took part in the Russian opera workshop in Philadelphia, where he sang the role of Paolo in Francesca di Rimini. While an apprentice with the Utah Symphony Opera Program in 2008, he performed in its productions of Madame Butterfly, Don Pasquale, Regina and as the Witch in Hansel and Gretel.
In 2005 through 2007 Dominick also attended the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. During this time he was selected to perform with Maestro Eduardo Muller and the AIMS Festival Orchestra. In 2013 Dominick was awarded second prize from the Gerda Lissner Foundation, third prize from the Mario Lanza Competition and a Grant from the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation. He was also a finalist in the Meistersinger Competition in Graz, Austria in 2006 and 2007. He currently studies with Bill Schuman.