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. Appearances included Papagena in Die Zauberflöte, Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro, Annina in La Traviata, Gossip 2 in the Grammy Award winning recording of The Ghosts of Versailles, and in concert with bass-baritone Erwin Schrott. While there she was a Western Region finalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and the recipient of a top award from the Pasadena Opera Guild.
This summer begins an exciting series of performances as Maria in Francesca Zambello's modern retelling of Leonard Bernstein's iconic West Side Story. She will debut the role as the opening of the 2018 Glimmerglass Festival 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 in Mozart's The Magic Flute as well as Brigitte in Tchaikovsky's Iolanta followed by her spring return to Opera Omaha to portray Elisabeth in Philip Glass's Les Enfants Terribles directed by James Darrah.
In the summer of 2017 Ms. Becerra was featured at the Glimmerglass Festival as a guest artist portraying the role of Laurey Williams in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! Opera Today remarked that her "silken soprano fleshed out Laurey’s famous solos with a vibrant presence, and her vocal work embodied a lilting radiance" while Opera News stated that "...'Out of my Dreams', delivered sweetly and surely, was a moment of true vocal charm." The previous two summers at the Glimmerglass Festival featured her as a young artist in the roles of Musetta in La bohème where she was described as a “scene-stealing minx with a glorious soprano voice" and as Pamina in the Young Artist performance of The Magic Flute.
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 performances 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.
In 2014, she made her professional debut with the 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 where she performed Musetta in La bohème, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte and the title character in The Cunning Little Vixen.The summer of 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 in 2012 she portrayed Zerlina in Don Giovanni and Johanna in Sweeney Todd followed by her debut with the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra that same season.
Ms. Becerra received her bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from Texas Christian University where she was the recipient of the distinguished Nordan Fine Arts Award. She is a proud graduate of the Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts.