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 include 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.
The summer of 2017 brought Ms. Becerra's return to 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.
This season brings several debuts for Ms. Becerra beginning with LA Phil's concert of excerpts from The Magic Flute conducted by Gustavo Dudamel where she sings the role of Papagena. Shortly thereafter she debuts the role of Sophie in Werther with Baltimore Concert Opera and Opera Delaware, and finishes the winter season returning to Opera San Jose where she will sing the title role in Alma Deutscher's Cinderella under the baton of Jane Glover. The spring of 2018 brings performances with Lyric Opera of Chicago as Miss Lightfoot in Fellow Travelers, Opera Omaha as Glauce in Medea, Atlanta Opera as Johanna in Sweeney Todd, and in concert with the Dallas Opera orchestra under the baton of Tianyi Lu.
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 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.