Mexican mezzo-soprano Claudia Chapa has recently appeared in such theatrically dynamic roles as Azucena in Il Trovatore with the Winter Opera St. Louis and the Opera in Williamsburg, as well as Madame Flora in The Medium and the Witch in Hänsel und Gretel with Opera in the Heights. Coming engagements include Azucena in Il Trovatore with the St. Petersburg Opera Company, Mary in The Flying Dutchman with the Austin Opera, Verdi’s Requiem with the Alabama Symphony and Dryade in Ariadne auf Naxos with the Austin Opera. Other recent engagements include Dame Quickly in Falstaff with the Winter Opera St. Louis and Opera in the Heights, Marthe in Faust with the Indianapolis Opera, the Third Lady in Die Zauberflöte with the Glimmerglass Festival in 2015, Portland Opera To Go. Ms. Chapa’s professional operatic debut came in 2011 with the Austin Lyric Opera, and she covered the Old Lady in Candide with the Glimmerglass Festival in 2015.
Other roles in Ms. Chapa’s operatic repertoire include Alisa in Lucia di Lammermoor, Gertrude in Roméo et Juliette, and Aunt Cecilia in Little Women. Her performance of Madame de Croissy in Les Dialogues des Carmélites earned her the prestigious Silverman Award from the International Vocal Arts Institute, Tel Aviv.
On the concert platform, Ms. Chapa has been heard in the Verdi 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 in 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 Suor Angelica, the title-role in Rodriguez’s La Curandera, Gertrude in Hänsel und Gretel and Mrs. Herring in Albert Herring. She is an alumna of prestigious young-artist programs, including the International Vocal Arts Institute (in Blacksburg, VA and in Tel Aviv), the Des Moines Metro Opera and the Glimmerglass Festival, for which she was chosen as a young artist for two consecutive seasons.