American Bass Renato Estacio-Burdick has performed, stage managed or directed in 30+ unique shows (not including multiple nights of shows) to include musicals, operas, operettas, theater, in both the U.S. and abroad. Performances and roles have included Tonio (I Pagliacci), Marco (Gianni Schicchi), Thomas Putnam (The Crucible opera), Tin Woodsman & Cowardly Lion (Wizard of Oz), Masetto (Don Giovanni), being a casino singer, and doing annual musical show revues.
In 2022, Renato sang with the Flehite Sinfonietta in the Netherlands, performing Marco and Simone in the opera Gianni Schicchi. While in the Netherlands, he was to perform Marullo and Couby Ceprano in Rigoletto in Hengelo, Amsterdam, and Nijmegen state theaters but performances were cancelled due to COVI–19. He recently sang with the Los Alamos Light Opera in their Broadway Show Revue in August 2022. In addition, in March, he sang a classical music concert at the Cathedral of St. John Albuquerque, singing arias and art songs from the classical repertoire to include Mozart, Wagner, Puccini, Tosti, and Schubert.
During July & August 2022, Renato traveled to Germany to study at the Berlin Opera Academy (on scholarship) and sing at the Opernfest International Opera Festival in Berlin as Frank in the opera Die Fledermaus and Sarastro (role study) in Die Zauberflöte.
Renato served as a Music Commissioner from September 2014 - November 2019 for New Mexico, a thespian festival judge, and NM State Fair Karaoke Judge. Renato served as Interim Music Director for the Albuquerque Civic Chorus, where he selected repertoire, conducted the ensemble, and facilitated the strategic direction of the organization; Renato was also Music Director for St. Chad’s Episcopal Church from 2014 - 2016.
Academically, Renato attended Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music in Oberlin, OH, where he studied tuba performance and English literature; from Oberlin, Renato received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature with an emphasis in Theater. Additional academic background includes degrees in marketing (MBA-Honors) and vocal performance (BMus – Magna Cum Laude/MMus). In Fall 2022, Renato began studies at Alverno College to complete an EdD.
Outside of the arts, Estacio is a restaurateur, teacher, and has worked in gaming technology. He enjoys public speaking and regularly hosts shows and bingos.
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Michael is Vice President on the board and grew up in Hamburg, Iowa and is co-owner of Sidewinders Bar and Grill; in his spare time, he helps produce events and oversees operations at the venue. He has over 20 years of management level experience across various industries. His experience includes Interim General Manager and Director of Marketing for San Felipe's Casino Hollywood, Director of Marketing and Database Marketing for Santa Ana Star Casino, Sr. Marketing Operations Manager for PRIMEDIA Enthusiast Publication, and Operations Manager and Executive Account Manager for Palm Coast Data.
Michael is also a recipient of the Cumbre Public Relations Awards; Best of Show for New Mexico Open, Gold Award Relationship Management, and Silver for Branding Campaign; New Mexico American Marketing Association Marketer of the Year Award, best multi-media branding campaign (company received); Barona/VCAT Marketing Excellence Award - Branding and Multi-channel Marketing; and over 25 Romero Casino Marketing Awards - "Large Casino" - in Promotional, Multi-Media, E-Marketing, and Public Relations. Michael is based out of Albuquerque New Mexico.
Melanie Grant, also known as Ravenesque Noire, has served as the NMBCCE’s Chief Financial Officer/Treasurer and the Chair/ Director of the Health & Wellness, Concession and Finance Committees.
Ravenesque oversaw the treasury, financial handling and policy development, accounting, financial planning and analysis, donor relations, and taxes for the BCCE. Ravenesque joined BCCE as a founding board member in 2019 and has been involved in the initial development of the center as well as the Committees for Education, Health and Wellness, Finance and Concessions. She works closely with the CEO and board as a leader and entrepreneur with the BCCE development.
Ravenesque also brings over 15 years of experience in healthcare leadership, education, and finance to the team. She began her career in healthcare administration in 2006 and continues to develop these areas with the same enthusiasm for community support and development as she had when started her career. In this field, Ravenesque brings a vast array of experience and resources to the center for Health & Wellness development and management.
Ravenesque currently oversees the development of concessions at the center and is in development of the Black Cat Coffee Shop, which will be introduced as part of phase III of the BCCE development.
As a performer, Ravenesque has performed in a multitude of areas within and outside of the NM Black Cat since she was about 6. She brings experience in orchestra, choir, and dance. She has won numerous awards and certificates and believes that ongoing training and development of performance art is the key to any successful performance.
An original member of Teatro Burlesco and the NM Black Cat Choir, she can be seen on stage as an independent dancer, Soprano for the Black Cat Choir, and karaoke enthusiast in numerous venues across Albuquerque. She is presently your first runner up for the 2021 Miss Sandias with the Imperial Sovereign Court of New Mexico, and a current contestant for the 2021 NM State Fair Karaoke Showcase.