"I don't know if it's forever," the 27-year-old singer told critic David Patrick Stearns. "Maybe it'll be a Celine Dion retirement for six months."
Garcia is currently recording a pop album, titled The Mind and the Seer‹a project that allows him to express his own ideas, he said. "It's one thing to be a tool in somebody else's vision," he said. "That's how I feel in opera. I feel the need to create my own work."
Garcia, who was acclaimed for his performance in Baz Luhrmann's Broadway version of La bohme and is currently singing the tenor lead in Don Pasquale with the Opera Company of Philadelphia, says his last performance will be in Massenet's Le Jongleur de Notre Dame in St. Etienne, France, in the fall of 2005.