"Duarte’s voice soars and glides with a crystalline beauty."
- Opera Wire
Houston-based Grammy Award-winning mezzo soprano Cecilia Duarte is as comfortable in her operatic roles as she is with the popular romantic songs of mid-20th century Mexico.
Joining Duarte on this program is pianist Ana Maria Otamendi and Spanish percussionist Jesús Pacheco, who perform a program of Mexican boleros, along with classical songs by Manuel de Falla and Alberto Ginastera.
More about Cecilia Duarte
Born in Chihuahua, Mexico, Cecilia is a versatile singer that has performed around the world singing a variety of music styles, especially early 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, commissioned by Houston Grand Opera in 2010. Cecilia has taken this opera to stages including the the Houston Grand Opera, Châtelet Theatre in Paris, Chicago's Lyric Opera, New York City Opera, and more. 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, Gracie in A Way Home, Harriet/First Responder in After the Storm, Alicia in Some Light Emerges (HGO), and Alma in "Boundless," the first episode of Houston Grand Opera’s web opera series Star-cross’d, which received a Telly Award.