Resident Artist

Vanessa Vasquez · soprano

AVA fourth-year Resident Artist

Hometown: Scottsdale, Arizona

Education: B.A. in Vocal Performance, The Catholic University of America; M.M. in Opera Performance, University of Los Angeles, California (UCLA).

Competitions: National Winner, Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, 2017; 2017 Top Prize, Gerda Lissner Foundation Competition; 2017 Sara Tucker Study Grant, Richard Tucker Foundation; First Prize, The Giulio Gari Foundation, 2016; First Prize, Loren L. Zachary National Vocal Competition, 2016; Top Prize, Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation International Vocal Competition, 2016; First Prize and Audience Favorite winner, The Southwest Vocal Competition, 2016; James Parkinson Opera Foundation First Prize and Walter and Alice Strine, Esqs. Audience Prize, 2015 Giargiari Bel Canto Competition; Grant Winner, Giulio Gari Foundation International Vocal Competition, 2015; First Prize, Vocal Arts DC Vocal Competition; Grant Winner, Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation International Vocal Competition, 2015; Second Place, Violetta DuPont Vocal Competition, 2015; First Place, Sigma Alpha Iota Competition (Voice), 2014; Winner, Pasadena Opera Guild Vocal Competition, 2014; Finalist, Palm Springs Opera Guild Vocal Competition, 2013; Grant, The Opera Buffs Inc., 2013-2014.

AVA Roles: Gilda, Rigoletto; Giorgetta, Il tabarro; Donna Anna, Don Giovanni; Mimì, La bohème

Other Roles: La Contessa, Le Nozze di Figaro, Oberlin in Italy; Donna Elvira, Don Giovanni, Opera UCLA; Desdemona, Otello (in concert); Dido, Dido and Aeneas, both with the Astoria Music Festival.

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