Vanessa Becerra, soprano
Soprano Vanessa Becerra, a native of Fort Worth, Texas, is a recent graduate of the acclaimed Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program at LA Opera. LA Opera appearances include Papagena in Die Zauberflöte, Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro, Annina in La traviata, Gossip 2 in The Ghosts of Versailles, and in concert with bass-baritone Erwin Schrott. The summer of 2016 brought her return to the Glimmerglass Festival as Musetta in La bohème where she was described as a “scene-stealing minx with a glorious soprano voice.” She will return to the festival next summer as Laurey Williams in Oklahoma! Other debuts in the 2016-2017 season include performances of Messiah with San Antonio Symphony, Hercules vs. Vampires with North Carolina Opera, and a reprise of Musetta with Opera San Jose.
In 2014, she made her professional debut with the Fort Worth Opera in the world premiere of With Blood, With Ink where Becerra “brought a full, beautifully focused soprano and passionate theatrical intensity to Young Juana” (Wall Street Journal) and her “sunny, youthfully appealing soprano created an irresistible characterization” (Opera News). Shortly following her debut, Ms. Becerra received her master’s degree from The Boston Conservatory where she performed Musetta, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte and the title character in The Cunning Little Vixen. The summer of 2015 found her at the Glimmerglass Festival covering the role of Pamina in a new production of The Magic Flute. In 2014 she joined the Apprentice Artist roster at Des Moines Metro Opera, and as a Studio Artist with Wolf Trap Opera in 2013 she covered the role of Nannetta in Falstaff. At the Seagle Music Colony she portrayed Zerlina in Don Giovanni and Johanna in Sweeney Todd followed by her debut with the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Becerra received her bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance at Texas Christian University where she was the recipient of the distinguished Nordan Fine Arts Award and performed Adele in Die Fledermaus and Papagena in The Magic Flute.