Colombian-American soprano Vanessa Vasquez, winner of the 2017 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, is currently a fourth-year resident artist at the Philadelphia’s Academy of Vocal Arts, where she has sung Pamina in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, the title role in Donizett’s Lucia di Lammermoor, Mimì in Puccini’s La bohème, Gilda in Verdi’s Rigoletto, Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, and Giorgetta in Puccini’s Il tabarro. In upcoming seasons she makes debuts with opera companies across the country, singing her first performances of Micaela in Bizet’s Carmen and Violetta in Verdi’s La traviata. Ms. Vasquez made her professional opera debut in summer 2017 as Liù in Puccini’s Turandot with Des Moines Metro Opera. She has sung Countess Almaviva in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro with Oberlin in Italy and in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas with the Astoria Music Festival. In concert, she made her Philadelphia Orchestra debut in J.S. Bach’s Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich and with the New York Choral Society in Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass. She was a featured soloist with The Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin for the Academy of Music 160th Anniversary Concert and Ball. Vanessa Vasquez is the recipient of a 2017 Sara Tucker Study Grant and First Prizes in the 2017 Gerda Lissner Foundation Competition, the 2016 Licia Albanese Competition, 2016 Giulio Gari Competition, and the 2016 Loren L. Zachary Vocal Competition, and First Prize and Audience Award in the Phoenix Opera Southwest Vocal Competition. While earning her master’s at UCLA, the Scottsdale, Arizona, native was Susanna in Wolf-Ferrari’s Il segreto di Susanna, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, and First Soprano in Handel’s L’Allegro. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the Catholic University of America, where she performed Suor Genovieffa in Puccin’s Suor Angelica and First Lady in The Magic Flute.