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UCLA Voice alumna triumphs in two major competitions

May 17th, 2016 · 1 Comment

Vanessa Vasquez, MM ?14, has just won the First Prize in the prestigious Zachary Society Vocal Competition held this past weekend in Los Angeles. The week before that, she was the Top Prize winner in the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation International Vocal Competition in New York. We are proud of Vanessa and her accomplishments! At UCLA, Vanessa sang Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Susanna in Il segreto di Susanna, and was also featured in H?ndel?s L?Allegro, il Penseroso, ed il Moderato and in the world premiere workshop of Bourland and Morris?s The Dove and the Nightingale. Since graduating from UCLA, Vanessa has been a Resident Artist at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia.

A short bio on Vanessa:
Vanessa Vasquez, originally from Scottsdale, Arizona is a second-year Resident Artist of The Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. She earned a B.A. in Vocal Performance from The Catholic University of America and M.M. in Vocal Performance from the University of Los Angeles, California (UCLA). She made her Academy of Vocal Arts debut as Mimi in La Boheme. This past season she sang the role of Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Giorgetta in Puccini’s Il Tabarro. In October, Vanessa won the James Parkinson Opera Foundation First Prize and the Walter and Alice Strine, Esqs. Audience Prize in the Giargiari Bel Canto Competition. Reminiscent of her win in the Giargiari, Vanessa won First Prize and the Audience Choice Award in Phoenix Opera’s Southwest Vocal Competition. Upcoming engagements include a solo recital with the Phillips Collection Museum in Washington DC this May. Next season she will also be singing the role of Gilda in Rigoletto with The Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia.

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