Concurso San Miguel X

March 3, 2018—Teatro Angela Peralta

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.

Karen Barraza, soprano

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


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


Jacinta Barbachano, mezzo-soprano

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. Parto, parto from La clemenza di Tito by Mozart


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


María Caballero, soprano

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. O luce di quest’anima from Linda di Chamounix by Donizetti


  2. Depuis le jour from Louise by Charpentier


Penélope Luna, soprano

4th Prize

Penélope interpreted:

  1. Bel raggio lusinghier from Semiramide by Rossini


  2. Obéissons quand leur voix appelle from Manon by Massenet


Luis Aguilar, tenor

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

Luis interpreted:

  1.Kuda, Kuda from Yevgeny Onegin by Tchaikovsky


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


Jacob Bravo, tenor

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

Jacob interpreted:

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


  2. O Carlo, ascolta from Don Carlo by Verdi


Rosario Aguilar, soprano

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.Come scoglio from Cosí fan tutte by Mozart


  2. Stridono lassù from Pagliacci by Leoncavallo


Octavio Rivas, tenor

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

Octavio interpreted:

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


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


Graciela Morales, soprano

Grant in Honor of Victoria Carolina Mosallem Pescador

Graciela interpreted:

  1.Padre germane, addio from Idomeneo by Mozart


  2. The Trees on the Mountains from Susannah by Floyd


Vanessa Jara, soprano

The Herman Marcus Memorial Prize

Vanessa interpreted:

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


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


Ángel Macías, tenor

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

Ángel interpreted:

1. Che gelida manina from La Bohème by Puccini

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

Enrique Guzmán, tenor

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

Enrique interpreted:

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


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


Invitados Especiales

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 Solís, soprano

Tania interpreted:

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


Annette Palomares, soprano

Annette interpreted:

  De mi amor from Keofar by Villanueva


Carlos Reynoso, baritone

Carlos interpreted:

  Hai già vinta la causa from Le nozze di Figaro by Mozart