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Brian Yeakley, Founder 

Artistic Director

Mr. Yeakley proudly started Operativo Houston after working professionally in and around Houston and the United States as a professional singer. He discovered there are many areas in which the industry of music falls short in providing work for anyone who has decided to stay local to a particular area and persue primarily solo work. Plenty of paid opportunities around Houston use artists that remain local, but most of the time they are used for chorus works, small chamber groups, and other rewarding opportunities, but they are usually in an ensemble performance setting. Being an opera singer himself, the company strives for an operatic repertoire and also collaboration with all things local in order to create a feel of a local grass roots feel without all the frills and false pretenses of opera being for an upper middle class audience. 

Singer Bio:

Brian Ross Yeakley, tenor is Houston, Texas based originally from Wichita, Kansas. Yeakley earned degrees from Wichita State (2012) and University of Houston (2014, 2020). Notable companies: Wolf Trap Opera (2013); Glimmerglass Opera Festival (2014); Opera Saratoga (2015); West Edge Opera (2015); Virginia Opera (2016-2017); Austin Opera (2018). Notable Concert work: Austin Symphony (2017); Valley Symphony Orchestra (2018); La Speranza Chamber Ensemble (2020), Sancho, Man of La Mancha, Opera Saratoga (2021). Yeakley is the founder and director of local opera company Operativo Houston (2016-present). Upcoming: Borsa, Rigoletto, San Antonio Opera (2021); Tenor soloist, Mozart Requiem, Symphony of Southeast Texas (2022).

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Juan Garza

Singer Liason



Mr. Garza is so excited to work with Operativo Houston as their Singer Liaison. He believes that Operativo Houston is one of the best opportunities that local opera singers can be a part of. The professional and nurturing atmosphere is an appropriate place of growth for the seasoned professional or young singer. After singing 3 seasons with Operativo Houston, he is blessed to have worked alongside some of the best local opera singers in Houston and abroad. Garza understands the need for opera companies to bring music to anyone who loves opera such as himself. He is proud that Operativo collaborates with performers locally in order to create a feel of local grassroots operatic productions that appeal to anyone and everyone and not just the Diamond Horseshoe.


Singer Bio:

Juan Garza, baritone is Houston, Texas based originally from El Paso, Texas. Garza earned degrees from Stephen F. Austin State University (2017) and University of Houston (2020). Notable companies: Gilbert and Sullivan Company of El Paso (2011-2015); Opera in the Ozarks (2014); Houston Grand Opera (2018); Operativo Houston (2018-2021). Notable Concert work: Project String Power(2018); Orchestra of the Pines (2018). Upcoming: Belcore, L'elisir d'amore, Operativo Houston (2022); Carl Magnus, A Little Night Music, Operativo Houston (2022).

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