Vanessa Becerra, soprano
Emerging soprano Vanessa Becerra has received acclaim for her “opulent” and “silvery” voice, and for her dynamic stage presence. A graduate of LA Opera’s Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program, her performances during her tenure included Papagena in Die Zauberflöte, Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro, and Annina in La traviata. She was also featured as Gossip 2 in the Grammy-nominated recording of The Ghosts of Versailles. A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Ms. Becerra made her professional debut with Fort Worth Opera in 2014, in the highly acclaimed production of With Blood With Ink for which she was praised for her “passionate theatrical intensity” (Wall Street Journal) and her “irresistible characterization” (Opera News).
Summer 2018 began an exciting series of performances as Maria in Francesca Zambello’s modern retelling of Leonard Bernstein’s iconic West Side Story. She debuted the role at the opening of the 2018 Glimmerglass Festival which is followed by her Lyric Opera of Kansas City debut and lastly at Atlanta Opera. In the fall she joins the roster of the Metropolitan Opera covering Papagena as well as Brigitte in Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta, followed by her return to Opera Omaha to portray Elisabeth in Philip Glass’s Les Enfants Terribles directed by James Darrah.
The 2017-18 season brought several debuts for Ms. Becerra beginning with LA Phil’s concert of excerpts from The Magic Flute conducted by Gustavo Dudamel where she sang the role of Papagena. Shortly thereafter she debuted the role of Sophie in Werther with Baltimore Concert Opera and Opera Delaware, and finished the winter season returning to Opera San Jose where she sang the title role in Alma Deutscher’s Cinderella under the baton of Jane Glover for which OperaWire stated, “Soprano Vanessa Becerra sings Cinderella with vivacious, ardent and luminous voice, coasting through the various musical moods the young composer has set for her with ‘elan’ and great warmth.” She began the spring with her San Francisco Symphony debut singing “a charismatic, eloquent Paquette” (San Francisco Chronicle) in Candide with Michael Tilson Thomas at the baton, followed by debuts with the Dallas Opera Orchestra in a program of Donizetti favorites, Lyric Opera of Chicago as Miss Lightfoot in Fellow Travelers, Opera Omaha as Glauce in Medea, and lastly with Atlanta Opera as Johanna in Sweeney Todd.
The 2016-2017 season held debuts for Ms. Becerra with the San Antonio Symphony where she sang the soprano solos in Handel’s Messiah, North Carolina Opera in Patrick Morganelli’s Hercules vs. Vampires, and Opera San Jose where she “made her company debut as an opulent-voiced Musetta” in their production of La bohème.
Ms. Becerra enjoys a long relationship with The Glimmerglass Festival where she was a member of the famed young artist program. In the summer of 2015 she covered Pamina in The Magic Flute and returned as a young artist the following summer to portray Musetta where she was described as a “scene-stealing minx with a glorious soprano voice.” Other training programs for Ms. Becerra include the Apprentice Program at Des Moines Metro Opera (2014) and Wolf Trap Opera’s Studio Artist Program (2013). Ms. Becerra also studied at the Seagle Music Colony where she performed the roles of Zerlina in Don Giovanni and Johanna in Sweeney Todd.
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