The young tenor Kirlianit Cortes studied singing until 2001 in Great Theater of Havana "Cuba" and the University of Antioquia. In 1998 he received the first prize in the competition National Arts Competition Universidad Del Valle and began his singing studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts of Vienna where he received his degree of „Magister Artium Interpreting Lied and Oratorio" with the famous Mezzo-soprano KS Marjana Lipovsek. He also studied singing and interpretation with Detlef Scholz, Danaila Hristova, KS Lilowa Margarita, Helena Lazarska, Emperatriz Figueroa, Patricia Weise and KS Francisco Araiza. Actually he is working with Maestro Ilko Natchev in Vienna.
Within his repertoire, he had roles as Don Ramiro (La Cenerentola) Almaviva (Il Barbier di Siviglia), Conde Alberto (L’occasione fa il ladro), Florville (Il Signor Bruschino), Dorville (La Scala di seta), Ernesto (Don Pasquale), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Belfiore (La Finta Giardiniera), Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Ferrando (Così fan tutte) and Elvino (La Sonnambula).
Kirlianit Cortes did his debut in Bogotá with the Opera of Colombia, singing Borsa in the opera Rigoletto and since his arrival in Europe, he has sung the parts of Ernesto (Don Pasquale – Gärtnerplatz Theater), Dr. Stone in the opera by Gian Carlo Menotti (Help, help, the Globolinks) and Ferrando (Cosi fan tutte) at the Theater at Schönbrunn Palace.
In 2004 he sang at the Vienna Konzerthaus and Kammeroper, interpreting Lindoro (La fedeltà premiata) and Nencio (Linfedelta delusa). In 2004 he also sings Gerardo in the opera „Gianni Schicchi" and made his debut as Don Ramiro in „La Cenerentola" at the Opera Festival of Schärding (Austria), theatre Morlachi of Perugia, Teatro Lirico di Spoleto and Bunka Kai Kan (Tokyo).
In 2006 Kirlianit Cortes performs at the Opera Festival Schärding (Austria) the part of Conde Alberto in „L'Occasione fa il ladro" and in 2007 Florville - „Il signor Bruschino".
In 2006 Kirlianit Cortes performed at the Wiener Musikverein, singing the tenor part in the opera „Trouble" in Tahiti of L. Bernstein; Belfiore (La Finta Giardiniera) in Shanghai and Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) and also debuted at the Vienna Volksoper interpreting Augustin Moser in the opera „Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg" by R.Wagner under the baton of Leopold Hager.
In 2007 Kirlianit Cortes was invited to sing at the Vest Norges Opera of Norway, as Mr. Gleaton in the opera „Susana" by C. Floyd. He was also invited to sing the tenor part of the „Requiem" by W.A Mozart with the National Symphony Orchestra of Cyprus and the tenor part in the profane cantata "Carmina Burana" by C. Orff at the 2008 season opening of the Bogota Philharmonic Orchester with Maestro Andrés Orozco Estrada as conductor.
In January 2009 he sang the tenor part in the oratorio "The Messiah" by G.F Handel in the Golden Hall of Vienna Musikverein.
In March he sang with great success the part of Florville (Il Signor Bruschino) in the Musikverein of Graz and in May 2009 he won second place in the "European Tenor Contest - Jan Keapura, held in Poland.
In June he was invited to sing the role of Elvino in the Opera „La Sonnambula" by V.Bellini at the Opera Szczecin in Poland, receiving outstanding reviews.
2010 he sang the parts of Florville in Rossinis "Il signor Bruschino" and Dorvil in "La scala di seta" at Musikverein Graz, both operas were recorded on CD. The same year Kirlianit recorded the part of Robert in the operetta "Die Göttin der Vernunft” by J. Strauss (world Premiere) and sang Mendel in the filming of the opera "HIOB" by the Austrian composer Erich Zeisl at Exil Arte.
He also participated in numerous oratorios and masses, such as Bachs „Johannes Passion", „Mattheus Passion", „Coffee Cantata", „Magnificat", Dvořák „Mass in D" major and „Stabat Mater Op. 58", Mozarts „Requiem" and Beethoven „9th Symphony" in Cyprus (National Symphony Orchestra of Cyprus), Mozarts „Coronation Mass" in c-minor, „Piccolomini Mass" and „Sparrow Mass", Rossinis „Stabat Mater" (Orchestra Sinfonica di Bari, Capella Cracoviensis, Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra, Tonkustverinigung), „Petite Messe Solenelle" (Klosterneuburg- Südböhmische Kammerphilharmonie Budweis), Schuberts „G Major", „As major", „C major" and „b-minor Mass", Schützs „Johannes Passion", Mendelssohn's „Elias" at Stefaniensaal in Graz, Webers „Jubilee Mass", Orffs „Carmina Burana" (Orquesta Filarmónica de Bogota, Philarmonisches Orchestra Kracow, Orchestra of the University Vienna Konzerthaus, Südböhmische Kammerphilharmonie Budweis), Puccinis „Messa di gloria" and K. Kurpinsky „Te deum" at the Musica Sacra festival in Kraków (Live broadcasting).
Kirlianit is a frequent guest at the Dubrovnik Festival Opera, he is also a frequent performer of songs by Schubert, Wolf, Strauss, Brahms, Schumann, Beethoven, Duparc, Fauré and Spanish concert literature.
2013 and 2014 was cover of the Tenor Piotr Beczala and Ramon Vargas by International known concert Christmas in Vienna.
In 2014 he sang Armando Cellini („Mask in blue") by the Schönebeck Operetten Festival.
2015 Kirlianit Cortes was invited to sing the first Tenor in Arvo Pärts “Misere” at the Brno Internatioal sacred music Festival, Rossinis „Stabat Mater" with the Neu Westfallen Philarmonic Orchester and Dr. Siedler in Benatzky's „Im weissen Rössl" at the 19 Schönebecker Operettn Sommer (Mitteldeutsche Kammerphilarmonie under the baton of Gerard Oskamp)