A native of Dallas, Zach Mendez is currently the Operations Manager of Opera Santa Barbara.
Zach has appeared multiple times as a chorus member and soloist with Opera Santa Barbara, and he has sung roles with the UCSB Opera Theater, the California Opera Association, and the Channel Islands Chamber Orchestra. Zach has been featured in concert throughout the United States and in Europe as a young artist in programs including the Amalfi Coast Music Festival, Accademia Vocale Lorenzo Malfatti, the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS), and SongFest.
Zach is an active member of the artistic community in Santa Barbara. He sings weekly at the Old Mission as a Mission Schola member and parish cantor. He is also an instructor at the Adderley School for the Performing Arts and the Santa Barbara School of Music.
His experience in the classical music industry and his love of visual art inspired him to start working with a camera. Zach specializes in portrait, lifestyle, and fashion photography, and he is represented by TGS Talent in LA. In 2018 his work was in the top 8% of images chosen to make the finals of the Photographer’s Forum annual college photography competition. His images have been published in Photographer’s Forum, OzShot Magazine, Voice Magazine, and the Santa Barbara Independent.
Zach holds a Masters of Music from the University of California Santa Barbara and a BFA in voice and drama from Carnegie Mellon University.