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Jul 30 2020

Seattle Opera’s “Songs of Summer” Pre-Event Discussion with Soprano Vanessa Vasquez

Vanessa Vasquez
classical, masterclasses, opera

Join UCLA alumna Vanessa Vasquez (M.M ‘14) for a discussion and Q&A hosted by Peter Kazaras, Director of Opera UCLA, before her live-stream performance in Seattle Opera’s "Songs of Summer" recital series.

Colombian-American soprano Vanessa Vasquez, the winner of the 2017 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, recently completed a four-year residency at the prestigious Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. Vanessa performed as Mimì in La bohème, Gilda in Rigoletto, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, and Violetta in La Traviata.

In the 2019-2020 season, Vasquez performs the role of Liù in Turandot with the Canadian Opera Company, sings Donna Anna in Don Giovanni in her debut with Washington National Opera, and was scheduled as Mimi in La bohème with Seattle Opera. (The production was canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.) Last season, she debuted with Arizona Opera as Violetta in La Traviata. She saw her first performances with The Santa Fe Opera and Opera Philadelphia, both as Mimi in La bohème.

She made her professional opera debut in summer 2017 as Liù in Turandot with Des Moines Metro Opera. With Oberlin in Italy, she performed Countess Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro. On the concert stage, she debuted with the Philadelphia Orchestra in J.S. Bach’s cantata Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich, and with the New York Choral Society in Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass. She debuted the New York Philharmonic as a soprano soloist in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy. She was the soprano soloist in Honneger’s King David and Poulenc’s Gloria with Voices of Ascension. She was a featured soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Yannick Nézet-Séguin in the Academy of Music 160th Anniversary Concert and Ball.

Vasquez is the recipient of a 2017 Sara Tucker Study Grant from the Richard Tucker Music Foundation, First Prize in the 2017 Gerda Lissner Foundation Competition, First Prize in the 2016 Licia Albanese Competition, First Prize in the 2016 Giulio Gari Competition, First Prize in the 2016 Loren L. Zachary Vocal Competition, and First Prize and Audience Award in the Phoenix Opera Southwest Vocal Competition, among others.

Vanessa Vasquez graduated from The Catholic University of America with a Bachelor of Music degree. She went on to complete a Master of Music degree at UCLA, where she performed Susanna in Wolf-Ferrari’s Il Segreto di Susanna, and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni. Vasquez is a native of Scottsdale, Arizona.