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Ramón Vargas is one of today’s most celebrated artists, having been praised internationally for his appearances at many of the world's leading theaters, such as the Paris Opera, Vienna State Opera, Rome Opera, Metropolitan Opera, Zürich Opera, Bavarian State Opera in Munich, Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Teatro Comunale in Bologna, and Canadian Opera Company. Born in Mexico City, Ramon Vargas made his professional debut there in Puccini's Il Tabarro, followed by appearances as Don Ottavio, Fenton in Falstaff and Tom Rakewell in The Rake's Progress. He completed his professional training at the Vienna State Opera Studio, and after winning the Enrico Caruso Competition in Italy – the first of many such awards with which he has been presented – Vargas joined the Lucerne Opera. He made his debut there as Nerone in L’incoronazione di Poppea and in such roles as Tamino in Die Zauberfloete, Elvino in La Sonnambula, and Werther. Important international debuts quickly followed, with Vargas bowing at the Vienna State Opera in Die Zauberflote, Maria Stuarda and Falstaff, at the Rome Opera as Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, at the Zürich Opera in Fra Diavolo, and at the Teatro Comunale in Bologna in Mose in Egitto. He appeared in Marseilles in Lucia di Lammermoor and was first heard at the Paris Opera in Rossini's Stabat Mater under Myung-Whun Chung. Vargas also appears frequently all over the world in concert and recital. In the summer of 2008, he starred in a Gala concert in Beijing opposite Renee Fleming as well as in two other concerts celebrating the 2008 Olympic Games. In June of 2008, he was honored with the title of Kammersänger at the Vienna State Opera.