A recent graduate of LA Opera’s prestigious Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program, soprano Vanessa Becerra has been praised for her “bold and bright” singing (Opera News) and lauded for her “charismatic and eloquent” presence (San Francisco Chronicle) on stages across America.
The 2018-19 season began with Ms. Becerra’s Lyric Opera of Kansas City debut as Maria in Francesca Zambello’s West Side Story after a wildly successful summer debuting the role at the Glimmerglass Festival. Described as “the show’s anchor” who achieves “unmatched poignancy", she later reprises Maria with Atlanta Opera. In the winter she joins the roster of the Metropolitan Opera and soon thereafter returns to Opera Omaha to portray Lise in Philip Glass’s Les enfants terribles. Future seasons look forward to her debut with Houston Grand Opera, Washington National Opera, and the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra.
The previous season saw numerous debuts for Ms. Becerra with exciting companies such as the LA Phil under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel (Papagena/Die Zauberflöte), San Francisco Symphony with Michael Tilson Thomas (Paquette/Candide), Lyric Opera of Chicago (Miss Lightfoot/Fellow Travelers), Opera Delaware and Baltimore Concert Opera (Sophie/Werther), Opera Omaha (Glauce/Medea), and Atlanta Opera (Johanna/Sweeney Todd). Winter of 2017 saw Ms. Becerra’s return to Opera San Jose as the title role in Alma Deutscher's Cinderella (featured on Medici.tv for international viewership) with Jane Glover on the podium. For her performance 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."
During her time with LA Opera, appearances included Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro, Papagena in Die Zauberflöte, Annina in La Traviata, Gossip 2 in the Grammy Award-winning recording of The Ghosts of Versailles (all with maestro James Conlon), and in concert as a featured soloist with bass-baritone Erwin Schrott. Ms. Becerra enjoys a long relationship with the Glimmerglass Festival where in 2017 she returned as a guest artist to portray Laurey in Oklahoma! receiving praise for her “silken soprano” and “lilting radiance”. This followed her two summers in their young artist program where she portrayed Musetta in La bohème (“a scene-stealing minx with a glorious soprano voice”), and Pamina in their Young Artist Performance of The Magic Flute.
Ms. Becerra’s professional debut came in 2014 at Fort Worth Opera in the world premiere of With Blood, With Ink. She “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, which recently invited her as a featured alumna to perform at their 150th Anniversary Gala at Symphony Hall.
Other training programs include the Wolf Trap Opera Company, Des Moines Metro Opera, and Seagle Music Colony. She received her bachelor’s degree from Texas Christian University in her hometown of Fort Worth, TX and is a proud graduate of the Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts.