AZO Cast Members & Creatives
Colombian-American soprano Vanessa Vasquez, winner of the 2017 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, is currently a fourth-year Resident Artist at the prestigious Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, where she has been heard as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte and the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor. Roles performed at AVA in previous seasons include Mimì in La bohème, Gilda in Rigoletto, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, and Giorgetta in Il tabarro. In future seasons, she will debut with opera companies across the country, singing her first performances of Micaela in Carmen and Violetta in La traviata.
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, and with the Astoria Music Festival, she sang the role of Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. 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 was a featured soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Yannick Nézet-Séguin in the Academy of Music 160th Anniversary Concert and Ball.
Ms. Vasquez is the recipient of a 2017 Sara Tucker Study Grant, 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.
As she pursued her Master of Music degree at UCLA, Ms. Vasquez performed Susanna in Wolf-Ferrari’s Il segreto di Susanna, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, and First Soprano in Handel’s L’Allegro. She earned her Bachelor of Music at the Catholic University of America. While there she performed Suor Genovieffa in Suor Angelica and First Lady in Die Zauberflöte. Ms. Vasquez is a native of Scottsdale, Arizona