Cuban-American Mezzo-Soprano Zaray Rodriguez is a Metropolitan Opera National Council District Winner and Regional Finalist. She has been praised for her mature artistry (Classical South Florida Review) and for her entrancing vocal production (Boston Music Intelligencer). Recently, Ms.Rodriguez was seen performing the role of Dinah in Bernstein’s iconic opera, Trouble in Tahiti. Other operatic performances include Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Aunt Hannah Watkins in Emmeline, Florence Pike in Albert Herring, Federico Garcia Lorca in Ainadamar, Mezzo in Hydrogen Jukebox, L’enfant in L’enfant et les Sortilèges, and the title role of Carmen. This Fall, Ms. Rodriguez joins the 2018-2019 Florida Grand Opera Studio Artist program, where she will be performing the roles of Marcelina in Le Nozze di Figaro, covering the title role of Frida, and performing the roles of Lupe Marin and Dima’s Mother in Frida. Ms. Rodriguez’s concert work includes performances of Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, Sibelius’ Belshazzar’s Feast, Ravel’s Shéhérazade, and Handel’s Messiah with regional companies in the East Coast. Her recorded performances are with Albany Records’ The Death of Webern where she can be heard performing the role of Clerk, and Seraphic Fire’s Grammy Nominated recording of Brahms’ Ein Deutches Requiem with the Professional Choral Institute.
Ms. Rodriguez is the recipient of the Opera America Career Blueprints Grant, and the Career Bridges Grant. She has also received awards from the National Society of Arts and Letters Competition, Dorothy Lincoln Smith National Competition, and the Connecticut Alliance of Music Heida Hermanns International Competition. Ms. Rodriguez has been a young artist with Seagle Music Colony and Aspen Music Festival. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Ministry from Palm Beach Atlantic University, Masters in Vocal Performance from the University of Miami, and a performance certificate from the Opera Institute at Boston University.