Please introduce yourself, the year you graduated, and what was your major when you graduated?
Hello everyone, My name is Christian Figueroa. I graduated in 2001 from Syracuse University as a Vocal Performance/Music major.
What was your Syracuse University experience like when you attended?
Syracuse University was a wonderful experience all around. I hold the the friendships, quality instruction, and life experiences close to my heart. I owe a lot to the Music program. Having been born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico I had never been in a fully staged and complete production until I arrived at Syracuse University.. The years of Opera Workshop, Voice lessons, Choirs & Rep Classes sent me on my way to stable and incredibly fulfilling music career.
What did you do post-SU?
I have been singing full time since my days at Syracuse, mostly in opera and oratorio. I have been very lucky and blessed for all the opportunities that have come my way over the years. I have sung at Carnegie Hall, performed the National Anthem at the 50th Anniversary of the Peace Corps at Boston’s Fenway Park. I also performed and recorded the role of Antigonus in the opera A Winter’s Tale with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP). This recording was released and can be found on the BMOP Sound Record Label. I am currently the tenor soloist with the Handel & Haydn Society’s Educational Outreach Quartet. With this opportunity I visit over 10,000 students each year all over New England. I try to also stay active in the commercial world and you can see me in commercials for CT State Lottery, KFC, Pearl Vision, Orbit Gum,The Hartford, Penn Foster College, and The Boston Road Calling Card. I also have a Facebook Artist Page
What’s the best advice you would give to current students?
The best advice I can give current students is to enjoy your their time at Syracuse University because it goes by quickly. Take advantage of all the world class resources that are at your disposal and work hard while you’re there. Learn from your failures, make sure to always get up after any type of defeat and keep looking and moving forward.
What do you think about LANSU Scholarship?
The LANSU Sholarship does a lot of fantastic work. I firmly believe in this scholarship because increase the participation of Latino alumni in alumni activities while it provides a connection with the students back on campus. It contributes so much and I can’t wait to see what comes next!