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      Finalists—Concurso San Miguel X

Twelve of the most talented and promising young opera singers in Mexico were chosen as finalists for the 10th Concurso San Miguel in March. More than 600,000 MN in career grants and many thousands more in performing opportunities were awarded. The Grand Finale and Concert was held on March 3, at 7:30 PM, Teatro Angela Peralta, in San Miguel de Allende. These were the results of the very competitive grand finale.

Below photos, select an aria for a YouTube video.

Karen Barraza


The Marion M. Kelley Foundation 1st Prize; Accepted Directly Into the Semi-Final Round of the 2018 International Voice Competition, Marmande, France

Karen interpreted:

1. Bizet’s Je dis que rien ne m’épouvante from Carmen

2. Puccini’s Chi’il bel sogno di Doretta from La Rondine

Jacinta Barbachano


The Amistad Canada 2nd Prize; The Edgar Mason Kneedler Memorial Award for Outstanding Interpretation and Style; and The Rosewood San Miguel Audience Favorite Prize

Jacinta interpreted:

1. Mozart’s Parto, parto from La clemenza di Tito

2. Rossini’s Una voce poco fa from Il barbiere di Siviglia

María Caballero


3rd Prize; The Les Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques Prize; An Invitation to Audition in Person for a “FEST” Contract for Season 2019-2020

María interpreted:

1. Donizetti’s O luce di quest’anima from Linda di Chamounix

2. Charpentier’s Depuis le jour from Louise

Penélope Luna


4th Prize

Penélope interpreted:

1. Rossini’s Bel raggio lusinghier from Semiramide

2. Massenet’s Obéissons quand leur voix appelle from Manon

Luis Aguilar


4th Prize; The José Mojica Prize: A Concert in Celaya; Les Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques Prize

Luis interpreted:

1. Tchaikovsky’s Kuda, Kuda from Yevgeny Onegin

2. Donizetti’s Una furtive lagrima from L’elisir d’amore

Jacob Bravo


The Dmitri Hvorostovsky Memorial Prize; The Exceptional Integrity, Fortitude, Discipline, Tenacity, and Positive Outlook Award

Jacob interpreted:

1. Offenbach’s Scintille diamante from Les contes d’Hoffmann

2. Verdi’s O Carlo, ascolta from Don Carlo

Rosario Aguilar


The Oliver Deehan Memorial Prize; Accepted Directly Into the Semi-Final Round of the 2018 International Competition “Riccardo Zandonai” in Italy; Engaged to sing Villa Lobos’ Bachianas Brasilieras No. 5 for Soprano and 8 Celli, with Amit Peled and the Peabody Peled Cello Gang, a presentation of the Festival de Música de Cámara de San Miguel de Allende, August 2018

Rosario interpreted:

1. Mozart’s Come scoglio from Cosí fan tutte

2. Leoncavallo’s Stridono lassù from Pagliacci

Octavio Rivas


The Director’s Prize; Engaged to Sing the Role of Mario Cavaradossi in a Concert Performance of TOSCA, July, 2019

Octavio interpreted:

1. Bizet’s La fleur que tu m’avais jetée from Carmen

2. Mascagni’s Mamma, quel vino è generoso from Cavalleria Rusticana

Graciela Morales


Grant in Honor of Victoria Carolina Mosallem Pescador

Graciela interpreted:

1. Mozart’s Padre germane, addio from Idomeneo

2. Floyd’s The Trees on the Mountains from Susannah

Vanessa Jara


The Herman Marcus Memorial Prize

Vanessa interpreted:

1. Bellini’s Se Romeo t’uccise un figlio; La tremena ultrice spada from I Capuleti e i Montecchi

2. Bizet’s Habanera: L’amour est un oiseau rebelle from Carmen

Angel Macías


The Therese Anne McCarthy Memorial Award for Youthful Potential; The Opera San Miguel Encouragement Grant

Angel interpreted:

1. Puccini’s Che gelida manina from La Bohème

2. Gounod’s Ah, lève-toi, soleil! from Roméo et Juliette

Enrique Guzmán


The Exceptional Integrity, Fortitude, Discipline, Tenacity, and Positive Outlook Award; The Opera San Miguel Encouragement Grant

Enrique interpreted:

1. Rossini’s Sì, ritrovarla io guiro; Dolce speranza, freddo timore from La Cenerentola

2. Donizetti’s Ah, mes amis quell jour de fâte; Pour mon âme from La fille du Régiment


Below are three very talented young singers who were invited to the Concurso. Although they did not compete, we believe these young singers to have a special talent that deserves encouragement. They participated in coachings and master classes, and had two opportunities to perform, once at a special event with the major donors of Opera San Miguel, and again for our audience on Concurso night during the judges’ deliberations. We know we will be hearing more from them in the future.

Tania Solis


Invitada Especial

Tania interpreted:

Donizetti’s Chacun le sait, chacun le dit from La fille du Régiment

Annette Palomares


Invitada Especial

Anette interpreted:

Villanueva’s De mi amor from Keofar

Carlos Reynoso


Invitado Especial

Carlos interpreted:

Mozart’s Hai già vinta la causa from Le nozze di Figaro