Claudio Mascarenhas, bass-baritone, was born in Rio de Janeiro, where he made his operatic debut as Masetto (Don Giovanni) with the Brazilian Conservatory of Music. He followed as Mandarino (Turandot), where he was called "a great new voice of Brazil."

Upon moving to Europe in 1997, Claudio was the recipient of the Danish Free Education grant, which took him to Italy. He subsequently received a grant from the Queen Margarethe and Prince Henry Fund and an Opera Ebony Fellowship, bringing him to his present home of New York.

Claudio frequently performs in the USA, Europe and in his home country of Brazil. Upcoming engagements include the role of Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni) in the fall of 2016 and 
Méphistophélès (Faust) in the fall of 2017. 

Recent engagements include the role of the Four Villains (Tales of Hoffman), Raimondo (Lucia), Ibn-Hakia (Iolanta), Einstein (Einstein on the Beach), and Scarpia (Tosca) and, two solo concerts in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in conjunction with the prestigious Brazilian classical music program, "Musica no Museu" (Music in the Museum), sparking a growing interest in opera in his homeland. Upcoming engagements include Raimondo (Lucia) in Fall 2015.

Also a noted actor, Claudio’s multiple credits include the short film "La e Ca," the award-winning “Como Ser Solteiro" and the role of Sagat in the YouTube-nominated web series, "Street Fighter: The Later Years."  

Claudio currently resides in New York City.