Born in Santiago de Chile. Rodrigo Orrego studied musical history and voice at the Universidad Catótica and graduated afterwards with prof. Aldo Baldin at the Musikhochschule Karlsruhe, Germany.
Already during his studies Rodrigo Orrego performed with famous ensembles and orchestras (Münchner and Berliner Philharmoniker and English Chamber Orchestra) in the most outstanding concert halls of the world, such as the Herkulessaal and Philharmonie Gasteig in Munich, the Musikverein in Vienna and the Seoul Art Center in Corea. Orrego receives his first contract at the Stadttheater Darmstadt, where he sings all the important lyric parts. His repertoire contains the big oratories, as well as Mahler´s “Lied von der Erde” and the 9th Symphonie by L. van Beethoven. In Bogotá, Colombia, he took part as a soloist in Verdi´s “Messa da Requiem” under Andrés Orozco. This concert of 2007 was recorded live for a DVD.
The growth of his voice made Orrego change to more dramatic repertoire. He made his debut as Hoffmann (Les contes d´Hoffmann) at the Landestheater Linz, a role, which he also presents in Darmstadt, Gießen, Bern, Brno, Burgos and at the Teatro Cervantes in Málaga. In Vienna and Munich he sings Tamino in Mozart´s “Zauberflöte” with the English Chamber Orchestra. The Theater Erfurt wants Orrego to sing the principal role in “Fernand Cortez” by Spontini and – like a little later the Teatro Municipal in Santiago de Chile – the part of Cavaradossi in “Tosca” by Puccini. The Teatro de la Maestranza in Sevilla calls him for the role of Gonzalvo in Ravel´s “L´Heur Espagnole”. Gießen concludes a contract with him to sing Foresto in Verdi´s opera “Attila” and Tel Aviv for the role of Bacchus in “Ariadne auf Naxos” (R. Strauß) and Faust in “Mephistophele” (Arrigo Boito). Vicenza presents Mozart´s “Zaide” in the Teatro Olímpico. Orrego sings the part of Soliman. Afterwards he follows calls to sing the parts of Pinkerton in “Madame Butterfly” (Puccini) and Pollione in “Norma” by Bellini. Santiago de Chile chooses Orrego for the principal role in the world premiere of the opera “Fulgor y muerte de Joaquín Murieta” by the Chilean composer Sergio Ortega (libretto Pablo Neruda), a production, which was celebrated successfuly also in the Savonlinna Opera Festival in Finland.
In Paris, in the Salle Pleyel, Orrego sings Oswald in Schubert´s opera “Des Teufels Lustschloss” with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Radio France conducted by Marek Janowsky. A highlight in the singer´s career was the enormous tenor part in the opera “Fervaal” by Vincent d´Indys, a monumental oeuvre which was rediscovered by the Theater Bern.It was presented in concert form and in whole length in 2009.
In the recent year Orrego expanded his opera repertoire with roles of lirico-spinto, such as André Chenier (Giordano), Manon Lescaut (Puccini) and Otello (Verdi). Numerous recordings document the career of the tenor.