Mexican mezzo-soprano Claudia Chapa has recently been seen in such theatrically dynamic roles as Azucena IL TROVATORE with Winter Opera St. Louis and Opera in Williamsburg and Madame Flora THE MEDIUM and the Witch HÄNSEL UND GRETEL with Opera in the Heights. Recent and upcoming engagements include Azucena IL TROVATORE with the St. Petersburg Opera Company, Mary THE FLYING DUTCHMAN with Austin Opera, ConciertOH! de Invierno with Opera in the Heights, Verdi’s Requiem with the Alabama Symphony, Bruckner’s Te Deumwith the Austin Symphony, Hedwige WILLIAM TELL with Opera Southwest, Zita Gianni Schicchi with Salt Marsh Opera and Dryade ARIADNE AUF NAXOS with Austin Opera.
Other recent roles include Zita GIANNI SCHICCHI, Berta THE BARBER OF SEVILLE and Bloody Mary SOUTH PACIFIC. Other engagements include Dame Quickly FALSTAFF with Winter Opera St. Louis and Opera in the Heights, Marthe FAUST with Indianopolis Opera, the Third Lady DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE 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 CANDIDE with Glimmerglass Festival 2015.
Other roles in Ms. Chapa’s operatic repertoire include Dryade ARIADNE AUF NAXOS, Alisa LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR, Gertrude ROMÉO ET JULIETTE, and Aunt Cecilia LITTLE WOMEN. Her performance of Madame de Croissy 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, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Bruckner’s Te Deum, 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 LA HIJA DE RAPPACCINI in the world premiere of the late Daniel Catán’s revised version. Her other roles included La Zia Principessa SUOR ANGELICA, the title-role of Rodriguez’s LA CURANDERA, Gertrude HÄNSEL UND GRETEL, and Mrs. Herring 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.