Born in 1990 in Mexico City, César Aguilar is a young countertenor who holds a Bachelors degree from the University of Lethbridge, an Advance Certificate in Performance from the University of Toronto, a Masters degree from the University of Western Ontario, and is currently pursuing his doctoral studies in Voice Performance at the University of Toronto.
César Aguilar began singing at the age of 7 and showed a lot of interest in all genres of music that took him to perform Mexican Music (ranchero) amongst many other styles until finally discovering opera. He recorded three albums that showcase all the different styles of music he explored since his childhood.
At the age of 15 César Aguilar debut the opera “La leyenda del Tepozteco” by Mexican composer Federico Alvarez del Toro. He had the privilege of working with renowned musicians and actors such as Ariane Pellicer and Jorge Reyes amongst many others.
He has performed with orchestras in México and in Canada, including the Marine Symphony Orchestra (Mexico), Chiapas Youth Symphony Orchestra (Mexico), Lethbridge Symphony, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, and in music festivals such as Escapararte and Tercera Invasión Excéntrica.
He studied for several years with Ricardo Sanchez in Mexico. After moving to Canada he continued his vocal studies under June Chittick and Winston Noren. In University he worked with Dr. Blaine Hendsbee, Dr. Sandra Stringer and baritone Theodore Baerg. Currently he works under de tutelage of world renowned countertenor Daniel Taylor and soprano legend Mary Morrison.
His most recent opera credits include roles in “L’Enfant et les Sortilèges” (UWO), “La Fille du Regiment” (London Community Players and Fountainhead TheatreWorks) , "Hansel and Gretel"(UWO) and "The Magic Flute" (TCO). He has taken part in programs including Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, the Canadian Operatic Arts Academy and the Orford Academy of Music. He is an active performer and music educator and was part of the music faculty at the University of Lethbridge Music Conservatoire for two years.