Baritone Artega Wright is known for his vibrant, mellifluous, and authoritative voice. He is also a neurodivergent with adult ADHD, which he has learned to navigate and use to his advantage in his artistic pursuits. Wright earned his master’s degree in Vocal Performance from the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University and a Bachelor’s in Vocal Performance from Wayland Baptist University.
Originally from Dallas, Texas, Wright is now based in the Midwest and has performed with some of Chicago’s most notable ensembles and storefront opera companies, including the Chicago Opera Theatre. He has had the honor of premiering in new works commissioned by the company such as Quamino’s Map and Freedom Ride. Wright has also made his New York debut with On Site Opera in Il Tabarro in the Spring of 2023.
Recently, Wright served as an artist in residence with Dayton Opera, where he sang the role of Donner in an original production of Das Rheingold. He also honed his skills as a teaching artist, bringing “Who Wants to Be an Opera Star” to the Dayton Metro area, inspiring young people to explore their own artistic potential.
Wright has covered the role of Sam in Grammy award-winner Will Liverman and DJ King Rico’s masterpiece, The Factotum, at Lyric Opera of Chicago. His talent has also earned him opportunities to perform with other prestigious opera houses, such as San Francisco Opera, where he will make his debut in the 2023-2024 season. He will also be returning to other amazing houses such as Opera Columbus.
In the summer of 2022, Wright served as an Apprentice Artist at Des Moines Metro Opera, where he stepped in on short notice as the lead role in Porgy and Bess, impressing audiences and critics alike with his professionalism and talent. This demonstrated his versatility and reliability as a performer, while also earning him high praise and cementing his reputation as an up-and-coming singer in the opera world.