Colombian-American Soprano Vanessa Vasquez—known for her luscious voice “melting all hearts” (Chicago Tribune)— makes her debut in this upcoming season with companies all across the country. A native of Scottsdale, Arizona and an alumna of the Academy of Vocal Arts, Ms. Vasquez has been awarded Top prize in many renowned vocal competitions: 2017 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, The Richard Tucker Foundation's 2017 Sara Tucker Study Grant and The Gerda Lissner Foundation Vocal Competition among others.
Ms. Vasquez begins the 2018-19 season at Teatro Nacional de São Carlos in Lisbon, Portugal for Placido Domingo’s Operalia Competition, competing among 40 other contestants for prestigious awards. Following the competition she makes her company and role debut as Micaëla in Bizet’s Carmen with The Dallas Opera.
In the New Year she makes her debut in title roles with Arizona Opera in La Traviata, Lyric Kansas City Opera in Cosí fan tutte, and La bohème with Opera Philadelphia and Santa Fe Opera.
Recent engagements include appearances with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra and her role debut as Liù in Turandot with Des Moines Metro Opera.
2017 The Gerda Lissner Foundation International Competition, Top Prize
2017 Sara Tucker Award, The Richard Tucker Foundation
2017 National Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions
2016 Giulio Gari Foundation International Vocal Competition, First Prize
2016 The Loren L. Zachary Society International Competition, First Prize
2016 Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation International Vocal Competition, Top Prize
2016 Phoenix Opera Southwest Vocal Competition, First Prize & Audience Award
2015 AVA Giargiari Bel Canto Competition, First Prize & Audience Award
2015 Vocal Arts DC Art Song Competition, First Prize