Romel Brumley-Kerr, bass-baritone, is the first Afro-Costa Rican male opera singer in Costa Rican history.
He began singing as a boy soprano as an early age with the order of the Hermana Oblatas de Siquirres Limon, Costa Rica. The baritone is a successful artist who won the second prize of the vocal competition by the Association of the Negro Business Women's Club INC of the district of New Jersey. This same association indulged him with the honor to sing at Carnegie Hall and then proclaimed him as an emerging young artist in February 2007.
While in New York, Mr. Brumley-Kerr performed as a soloist in the Messiah by Handel, Rossini's Stabat Mater, Faure's Requiem, Theodore Du Bois' The Last Word of Christ, and Felix Mendelssohn's Elijah. Mr. Brumley-Kerr has participated in several important opera programs in New York City. He was part of the prestigious Martina Arroyo Program in which he learned and performed the role of Figaro from Le Nozze Di Figaro by Mozart under the direction of Legendary Soprano Martina Arroyo in 2007. In the same year, he sang with the prestigious Pacific Opera in New York singing twice at Carnegie Hall and the Golden Hall in NYC. He was member of The Long Island Opera workshop in which he performed the role of Marco in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi.
After coming to the University of New Orleans, studying under Dr. Raquel Cortina, he reprised the role in Gianni Schicchi, sang the role of Tom in Henry Mollicone's Face on the Barroom Floor, and Hansel and Gretel.
Romel has been a member of the New Orleans Opera Chorus since 2004.