Araiza's father was a tenor and also the chorus master of the Mexico Opera, so Araiza was exposed to opera at an early age. In 1966, he studied organ at the Escuela de Música in Mexico City, and, to fulfill a curricular requirement, he reluctantly joined the choir, though he was not particularly interested in vocal music. He actually began as a bass, but a teacher found that he had an exceptionally good upper register, with a natural high B flat. Under Irma Gonzalez, he developed his voice into a lyric tenor with a strong ring. He made his operatic debut in 1970 as the first prisoner in a concert version of Beethoven's Fidelio, sang his first major performance as a soloist in Haydn's Creation in 1973, and in the fall of 1974, competed in the ARD Singing Competition in Munich, Germany. While he won only the third prize, the jury ...
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