César Augusto Cortés Betancourt, is a Colombian tenor born in the city of Cali (Colombia) on September 22, 1989, graduated from the National Pedagogical University as a graduate in Music, he is living in Barcelona (Spain) where he is currently finishing his second year of Master degree at the Conservatori del Liceu under the guidance of Marta Matheu and soon, at the Palau de la Música Catalana, he will perform the role of Tamino in Die Zauberflöte.
He attend several masterclasses with Miquel Ortega Pujol, Alexandra Rosa Zabala, Gino Quilico, Melba Ramos, Victoria Livengood, Marta Matheu, Elio Orciuolo, Nancy Herrera, Dolora Zajick, Raul Jimenez, Francisco Araiza, Teresa Berganza.
Among the Competitions he was awarded: Winner of the National Singing Contest, organized by the Philharmonic Orchestra of Bogotá (Colombia) in 2016; Winner of the Josep Palet International Singing Contest (Martorell) in 2017; second place in the Andrea Singing International Contest Chénier in Foggia (Italy).
He was also awarded with the Scholarship granted by the Philharmonic Orchestra of Bogotá and the Conservatori Liceu of Barcelona (Spain) in 2017-2018 to continue his studies with the Master degree in Opera Performance.
After his debut as a soloist in 2015 with Opera de Colombia, as Edoardo in La cambiale di matrimonio, he had the opportunity to begin performing abroad as Florville in Il Signor Bruschino with Opera de Sarrià conducted by Raul Jimenez, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, preparing the role with Francisco Araiza; Ferrando in Così fan tutte with Opera de Sabadell, in 2018 he debuted as Don Ramiro in La cenerentola, a production directed artistically by Teresa Berganza.
He also performed with Opera de Sabadell as Beppe in Pagliacci and as Bertrando in L'inganno felice with Opera de Sarrià under the artistic direction of Raul Gimenez.
In 2018/19 he will debut Nemorino in Elisir d'amore with Opera de Sabadell, Alphonse in La muette de Portici at Theater Kiel, Don Ramiro in La cenerentola with Opera de Sabadell; winner of Belcanto Prize at Festival Rossini in Wildbad where he took part to the Accademia.
In 2019/20: Il viaggio a Reims (Belfiore), Les Troyens (Iopas) - Theater Kiel; La cenerentola (Don Ramiro) - Swedish Royal Opera, Stockholm; La sonnambula (Elvino), La clemenza di Tito (Tito), Zaide (Gomatz) - Theater Oldenburg.
In 2020/21: La finta giardiniera (Belfiore), Il Cambise by Scarlatti, Die Zauberflöte - Theater Kiel; Don Pasquale (Ernesto) in Oldenburg; Il barbiere di Siviglia (Conte Almaviva) in Reggio Emilia and Modena.