Cecilia Duarte

 

Praised by The New York Times as “A creamy voiced mezzo-soprano,” Mexican born, Cecilia is a versatile singer that has performed around the world performing different music styles, from jazz, to classical and contemporary music. Cecilia has been greatly recognized for creating the role of Renata in the first Mariachi Opera Cruzar la Cara de la Luna with the famous Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán. This opera was commissioned by Houston Grand Opera in 2010, and Cecilia has toured with it nationally and internationally in stages such as the Houston Grand Opera, Châtelet Theatre in Paris, France; Chicago Lyric Opera, San Diego Opera, Arizona Opera, The Fort Worth Opera, and New York City Opera. Since then, Cecilia has created other roles for world premieres of chamber operas and new works, such as Jessie Lydell in A Coffin in Egypt,(HGO and the Wallis Annenberg Center in L.A.); Gracie in A Way Home (HGO and Opera Southwest); Harriet/First Responder in After the Storm (HGO); and Alicia in Some Light Emerges (HGO). Operatic roles include Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Loma Williams in Cold Sassy Tree, Isabella in Rapaccini’s Daughter, Sarelda in The Inspector, Tituba in The Crucible, among others.
Cecilia is also active in the world of early music, having performed constantly with Ars Lyrica Houston, Mercury Houston, The Bach Society Houston, The Oregon Bach Festival, the Fesitvalensemble in Stuttgart, Germany, and the Festival de Música Barroca de San Miguel de Allende, México. Because of her background singing popular music, her versatility has opened the doors of jazz singing, often performing with composer and Jazz musician, Paul English, having premiered several of his chamber works.

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