Concurso San Miguel XIII

March 5, 2022—Teatro Angela Peralta

TEN OF THE MOST TALENTED and promising young opera singers in Mexico were chosen as finalists for the 13th Concurso San Miguel. More than 500,000 MXN in career grants, and more than a dozen prizes in-kind: opportunities to audition for contracts in Europe, Canada and the United States, to sing concerts, to participate in summer opera workshops and national competitions, master classes with singing masters and musical directors, among others.
The Grand Finale and Concert was held on March 5, 2022, at 6:00 PM, Teatro Angela Peralta, in San Miguel de Allende. These were the results of the very competitive grand finale.
Please click here to see the video of this grand finale.

Fernanda Allande, soprano

Maestro John Bills First Prize Winner and The Oliver Deehan Memorial Prize, a three-way program between the Meiningen Theater, Les Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques de Montreal and Opera San Miguel for an intensive week of master classes, auditions, coachings and a concert at the Hofkapelle in Meiningen in May 2023; Audition opportunities at some of Europe's leading opera studios; Will receive three work sessions with Maestro Iván López Reynoso.

Fernanda interpreted:

  1. The Trees on the Mountains from Susannah by Carlisle Floyd

  2. Amour, ranime mon courage from Roméo et Juliette by Charles Gounod

Valeria Vázquez, soprano

Amistad Canada Second Prize; First place in the Best Performance of a Mexican Opera Aria by Daniel Catán Prize; The Pro Opera Audience Favorite Award; Audition opportunities at some of Europe's leading opera studios.

Valeria interpreted:

  1. Vissi d’arte from Tosca by by Giacomo Puccini

  2. Un bel dì vedremo from Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini

Alejandro Luévanos, tenor

The Rosewood San Miguel Third Prize; the Best Performance of a Mexican Opera Aria by Daniel Catán Prize; Third place in the Best Performance of a Mexican Opera Aria by Daniel Catán Prize; Offered to participate in concerts and auditions at the Les Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques de Montreal.

Alejandro interpreted:

  1. Quando le sere al placido from Luisa Miller by Giacomo Puccini

  2. Recondita armonia from Tosca by Giacomo Puccini

Cecilia Eguiarte, soprano

The special John Bills Met Opera Chorus Memorial Award; Invited to spend a week in Meiningen for master classes and to sing a concert in the summer of 2023; Winner of a three two-week scholarships of vocal training with the Master Teacher of Concurso XIII.

Cecilia interpreted:

  1. Piangete voi… Al dolce guidami from Anna Bolena by Gaetano Donizetti

  2. Ah! je ris de me voir si belle from Faust by Charles Gounod

Tania Solís, soprano

The special John Bills Met Opera Chorus Memorial Award; Opportunity to participate in a gala concert next October 2022 in Virginia offered by The Roanoke Opera; Winner of a three two-week scholarships of vocal training with the Master Teacher of Concurso XIII.

Tania interpreted:

  1. Vorrei spiegarvi, oh Dio! from Concert Aria K. 418 by W. A. Mozart

  2. Où va la jeune hindoue from Lakmé by Léo Delibes

Jorge Echeagaray, tenor

The Oliver Deehan Memorial Prize.

Jorge interpreted:

  1. È la solita storia del pastore from L’arlesiana by Francesco Cilea

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

Efraín Corralejo, tenor

Opportunity to participate in a gala concert next October 2022 in Virginia offered by The Roanoke Opera.

Efraín interpreted:

  1. Se tanto in ira agli uomini from Linda di Chamounix by Gaetano Donizetti

  2. Salut!, demeure hchaste et pure from Faust by Charles Gounod

Jacinta Barbachano, soprano

Winner of a three-week fellowship at the Ravinia Center offered by The Steans Music Institute; The Angels of Opera de San Miguel Encouragement Grant.

Jacinta interpreted:

  1. Prendi per me sei libero from Il L’elisir d’amore by Gaetano Donizetti

  2. Dopo l’oscuro nembo from Adelson e Salvini by Vincenzo Bellini

Zyanya Cruz, soprano

Winner of a three two-week scholarships of vocal training with the Master Teacher of Concurso XIII; The Angels of Opera de San Miguel Encouragement Grant.

Zyanya interpreted:

  1. Quel guardo il cavaliere from Don Pasquale by Gaetano Donizetti

  2. Ach ich liebte war so Glücklich from Die Entführung aus dem Serail by W. A. Mozart

Fernando Cisneros, baritone

Invited to perform the role of Schaunard in a production of Puccini's La bohème in August 2023 by The Berkshire Opera Festival.

Fernando interpreted:

  1. Nemico della patria from Andrea Chénier by Umberto Giordano

  2. Eri tu from Un ballo in maschera by Giuseppe Verdi

Best Performance of a Mexican Opera Aria by Daniel Catán

After a semi-final round in which all Concurso singers participated on Friday, March 4, the three chosen finalists for the Best Performance of a Mexican Opera Aria by Daniel Catán and they were:

Valeria Vázquez, soprano

First Place

Valeria interpreted:

   No solo soy mi nombre from Florencia en el Amazonas by Daniel Catán

Priscilla Portales, soprano

Second Place

Priscilla interpreted:

   Morenica me llaman from Il postino by Daniel Catán

Alejandro Luévanos, tenor

Third Place

Alejandro interpreted:

  Desnuda from Il postino by Daniel Catán