Vanessa
Becerra

Soprano
Vanessa Becerra
(She/Her) Peruvian & Mexican-American soprano Vanessa Becerra has been praised for her “bold and bright” singing (Opera News) and “full, beautifully focused” instrument (Wall Street Journal). A graduate of the LA Opera Young Artist Program, Vanessa has performed with companies such as Boston Lyric Opera, Austin Opera, Arizona Opera, Washington National Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Atlanta Opera, Opera Omaha, Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Metropolitan Opera, Opera Parallèle, Houston Grand Opera, and the Glimmerglass Festival.
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Vanessa Becerra

Peruvian & Mexican-American soprano Vanessa Becerra is a recent graduate of LA Opera’s prestigious Young Artist Program praised for her “bold and bright” singing (Opera News), “full, beautifully focused” instrument (Wall Street Journal), and “charismatic and eloquent” presence (San Francisco Chronicle).  

In the 2022-23 season Vanessa debuts the roles of Marie in La fille du régiment (Minnesota Opera), Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro (Opera Omaha), Carolina in El matrimonio secreto (Florida Grand Opera), Despina in Così fan tutte (Opera Theater of St. Louis) and Juliette in Roméo et Juliette (Boston Lyric Opera) for which she received praise from the Boston Globe for her “clarity, luster, and charisma”. She revisits La mujer in El Milagro del Recuerdo (Houston Grand Opera), debuts with the newly formed San Antonio Philharmonic, and this past summer joined Madison Opera and Madison Symphony Orchestra for their annual Opera in the Park celebration.

In the 2021-22 season Vanessa returned to Washington National Opera to create the role of Alicia Hernández in Kamala Sankaram’s RISE, part of the world premiere tetralogy Written in Stone, and debuted with Austin Opera as Marzelline in Fidelio, Opera Parallèle as Belle in Philip Glass’s La Belle et la Bête, Intermountain Opera Bozeman as Rosina in The Barber of Seville, the Metropolitan Opera as Naomie in Cinderella, and Arizona Opera as the title character in the world premiere of The Copper Queen by Clint Borzoni and John de los Santos, adapted as a full-length feature film shown in movie theaters and featured as part of Opera Philadelphia's "Opera on Film" celebration

In concert she debuted with Minnesota Opera for Ópera Afuera at Allianz Field conducted by Miguel Harth-Bedoya, the Virginia Symphony as the soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah, returned to Fort Worth Opera as a soloist and co-curator for Entre Amigos, a celebration of Hispanic/Latine Heritage Month, joined Aural Compass Projects in their New Works, New Voices concert, and premiered a song cycle by Mexican composer Jorge Sosa at NYC’s Opera America. During the time of COVID-19, Vanessa had the great fortune of joining Opera San José as a Resident Artist performing Susanna in Il segreto di Susanna in their innovative Heiman Digital Media Studio. Additionally as part of LA Opera’s After Hours series, Vanessa participated in a co-produced recital with Opera San José and LA Opera on a program featuring all Latina composers, curated by LAO Artist-in-Residence Russell Thomas.

In the 2019-20 season Vanessa made her Kennedy Center debut with Washington National Opera as Zerlina in Don Giovanni, as well as her debut with Houston Grand Opera as La mujer in the world premiere of El Milagro del Recuerdo receiving respective accolades for her “clarion soprano”, “lithe sound”, and “crystal-clear” tone. The previous season Ms. Becerra enjoyed a hugely successful summer debuting Maria in Francesca Zambello’s production of West Side Story at the Glimmerglass Festival. Described as “the show’s anchor” who achieves “unmatched poignancy", her performance led to a string of reprisals with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Atlanta Opera, and furthermore made her international debut in the role with the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra in Latvia. In 2018-19 Ms. Becerra joined the roster of the Metropolitan Opera for their productions of The Magic Flute and Iolanta and returned to Opera Omaha for her highly acclaimed portrayal of Lise in Philip Glass’s Les enfants terribles.

The 2017-18 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). Following her debut with Opera San José as Musetta in La bohème she returned as the title role in Alma Deutscher's celebrated Cinderella with Jane Glover on the podium (currently distributed via Sony Classical on DVD). For her performance Operawire stated, "Soprano Vanessa Becerra sings Cinderella with vivacious, ardent and luminous voice, coasting through the various musical moods the young composer has set for her with 'elan' and great warmth." 

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! receiving praise for her “silken soprano” and “lilting radiance”. This followed her two summers in their young artist program where she portrayed Musetta in La bohème (“a scene-stealing minx with a glorious soprano voice”), and Pamina in their Young Artist Performance of The Magic Flute. 

Ms. Becerra’s professional debut came in 2014 with Fort Worth Opera in the world premiere of With Blood, With Ink. She “brought 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, which invited her as a featured alumna to perform in their 150th Anniversary Gala at Boston’s renowned Symphony Hall. 

Other training programs include the Wolf Trap Opera Company, Des Moines Metro Opera, and Seagle Festival. She received her bachelor’s degree from Texas Christian University as a Nordan Full-Tuition Scholarship recipient and is a proud graduate of the Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts. Ms. Becerra is passionate about volunteer service and has built a network of serving those in need in Houston, TX, Silver Spring, MD, New York City, Los Angeles, and her hometown of Fort Worth, TX.

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Austin, TX

Fidelio

2022
Marzelline in Beethoven's "Fidelio", conducted by Timothy Myers and directed by Jennifer Williams.
Madison, WI

Soloist

2022
Opera in the Park, conducted by John DeMain
San Francisco, CA

La Belle et la Bête

2022
Belle in "La Belle et la Bête" by Philip Glass, conducted by Nicole Paiement and directed by Brian Staufenbiel.
New York, NY

Cinderella

2021
Sang the role of Naomie in Massenet's "Cinderella". Conducted by Emmanuel Villaume, production by Laurent Pelly.

Arizona Opera

2021 - 2021
Phoenix, AZ

The Copper Queen

2021 - 2021
Julia Lowell in the feature film adaption of Clint Borzoni and John de los Santos' "The Copper Queen". Conducted by Daniela Candillari, directed by Crystal Manich.