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).
In 2019-2020 Vanessa debuts at Houston Grand Opera as Woman in El Milagro del Recuerdo and Washington National Opera as Zerlina in Don Giovanni, and returns to Fort Worth Opera for Adele in Die Fledermaus. Last season she made her 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, and later reprised Maria with Atlanta Opera. Additionally she joined the roster of the Metropolitan Opera and returned to Opera Omaha to portray Lise in Philip Glass’s Les enfants terribles.
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.
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!. This followed her two summers in their young artist program where she portrayed Musetta in La bohème, 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. 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.