When Barber's opera "Anthony and Cleopatra" opened the Metropolitan Opera in New York's Lincoln Center, Bass-Baritone Justino Diaz sang the role of Anthony opposite the Cleopatra of Leontyne Price. Only 26, Diaz was certainly no newcomer to the stage. Puerto Rico born and trained, he had made his Met debut in 1963 after training in Puerto Rico and Boston's New England Conservatory, and tours with the Goldovsky Opera Theater.
Diaz has sung in most major opera houses of the world, including La Scala, Milan, Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, and Barcelona's Gran Teatre del Liceu. He was Iago to Placido Domingo's Otello in the film of Verdi's opera by Franco Zeffirelli and Escamillo in the Herbert Von Karajan film of Bizet's "Carmen". He was a frequent participant in the annual Casals Festival in Puerto Rico and later was its Artistic Director for six years. He now lives in San Juan and this is his first visit to Music Mondays.