Mexican mezzo-soprano Claudia Chapa makes her company debut during the 2017-18 season, appearing as Emeline in the North American premiere of Alma Deutscher’s Cinderella. Ms. Chapa has recently been seen in such theatrically dynamic roles as Azucena in Verdi’s Il trovatore with Winter Opera St. Louis and Opera in Williamsburg and Madame Flora in Menotti’s The Medium and the Witch in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel with Opera in the Heights. Recent and upcoming engagements include Azucena (Il trovatore) with the St. Petersburg Opera Company, Mary in Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman with Austin Opera, Bloody Mary in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific with Gulf Coast Symphony, Verdi’s Requiem with the Alabama Symphony, Bruckner’s Te Deum with the Austin Symphony, Hedwige in Rossini’s William Tell with Opera Southwest, and Dryade in Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos with Austin Opera.
Other recent engagements include Dame Quickly in Verdi’s Falstaff with Winter Opera St. Louis and Opera in the Heights, Marthe in Gounod’s Faust with Indianopolis Opera, the Third Lady in Mozart’s The Magic Flute with the Glimmerglass Festival in 2015, Portland Opera To Go, and Ms. Chapa’s professional operatic debut in 2011 with Austin Lyric Opera, and covering the Old Lady in Bernstein’s Candide with Glimmerglass Festival 2015.
On the concert stage, she has appeared as a soloist in the Verdi’s Requiem, Manuel de Falla’s El Amor Brujo, and Handel’s Messiah, including performances at Carnegie Hall with the Distinguished Concerts International New York series.
Ms. Chapa received her training from the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas-Austin, where she performed Beatriz in La Hija de Rappaccini in the world premiere of the late Daniel Catán’s revised version. Her other roles included La Zia Principessa in Puccini’s Suor Angelica, the title role of Rodriguez’s La Curandera, Gertrude in Hansel and Gretel, and Mrs. Herring in Britten’s Albert Herring. She is an alumnus of the prestigious young artist programs including the International Vocal Arts Institute (both in Blacksburg, VA and Tel Aviv, Israel), Des Moines Metro Opera, and the Glimmerglass Festival for which she was chosen as a young artist for two consecutive seasons.
Please visit Ms. Chapa’s website for more information.