My Life...

 

PROFESSIONAL DEBUT...

One day I received a call: “We need you for Carmen as soon as possible!” I didn’t have the chance to say that I didn’t know the opera... I ran to the piano, opened the score and six days later I made my professional debut with Monterrey Opera.


A few months later Maestro Fernando Lozano invited me to sing The Merry Widow with the Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra for the Inauguration of the First International Music Festival in Mexico City and the National Association of Critics and Journalists awarded me as “The Operatic Revelation”.

I later received a scholarship from Bellas Artes Opera and my career took off with Elixir of Love, The Marriage of Figaro, Madame Butterfly, Pagliacci, Suor Angelica, La Gioconda, Aída, Cavalleria Rusticana, La Traviata, The Barber of Seville...


During a magical night I made my debut at Palacio de Bellas Artes singing Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate under the baton of my mentor Maestro Luis Herrera de la Fuente. He later invited me to perform national tour with the Symphony Orchestra of Minería, where I premiered México del Recuerdo, a colorful program of Mexican songs that later accompanied me throughout the world.


BEYOND MEXICO...

Short time after, I went to the University of Bloomington, Indiana to study a Master’s in voice under the tutelage of Nicola Rossi-Lemeni and Virginia Zeani.


That year, I was invited by Plácido Domingo as Mexican Ambassador for the BBC “Cardiff Singer of the World” competition in Wales, where I worked with Maestro Sir Georg Solti and performed in the finals concert with the Wales Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Guido Ajmone-Marsan.


Later, I traveled to New York City to study with Italian teacher Rita Patané at Carnegie Hall and when she moved back to Italy, I followed her to further my studies and perform under the guidance of Maestro Alberto Zedda, the artistic director of La Scala di Milano.


After Italy came Germany, where I worked with Neil Semer, who invited me to perform various concerts throughout Bavaria featuring México del Recuerdo.

ACTRESS...

During  my adolescence the stage became the focus of my life. I studied voice  with Alicia Gonzalez and presented my first recital at the Aula Magna in Monterrey. While in High School, I enrolled in the Institute of Dramatic Arts at the University of Nuevo León and had my professional debut during the National Theater Show as Miss Dorothy Simple in The Case of the Crushed Petunias. The following years were intense: Romeo and Juliette, La Mandragora, Les Precieuses Ridicules, The Taming of the Shrew, West Side Story, With You Bread and Onions, A Doll’s House and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.


My career as an actress climbed rapidly, but my parents requested one thing from me: A Bachelor’s degree. I went to UCLA to study Theater Arts and continued my vocal training. For graduation, I performed the leading role of Esperanza in Bice Green, written by my classmate William Márquez, the nephew of Colombian writer Gabriel García-Márquez.


I continued my vocal studies with Dean Verhines in his Hollywood studio.

...I SANG BEFORE I TALKED

My parents always said that as a baby I sang in the cradle night and day.

My father owned a vast collection of mariachi music, opera records and Neapolitan songs that I knew by heart, and when he noticed my interest in music he bought me a grand piano and my mother promptly signed me up for piano, voice, ballet and acting lessons.

At school every one called me “The Artist”. I played guitar in the Estudiantina, and I also wrote and directed short plays, and my classmates gave life to those interesting characters.

...THEATER OR SONG

One night in Monterrey, the crucial moment arrived when I went with mu friends to a Gloria Gaynor concert. When it was announced that she could not sing, the audience started to scream my name.

My friends, excited as ever, brought me up to the stage, took the microphone and demanded me to sing the concert!

That night changed my life forever...

VOCAL COMPETITIONS AND PRIZES...

I decided to study voice at the National Conservatory of Music in Mexico City and after winning the First Prize in the National Competition for Young Musicians I performed a series of concerts with the Mexico State Symphony Orchestra.

The following year I won the First Prize in the “Carlo Morelli” National Voice Competition of Bellas Artes Opera.

“BBC Cardiff Singer of the World” would follow...

...ZARZUELA AND PLACIDO DOMINGO

I have sung Luisa Fernanda, Las Hijas del Zebedeo, Gigantes y Cabezudos, El Gato Montés and Molinos de Viento in Monterrey and Mexico City with Domingo’s Zarzuela Company. Leopoldo Falcón, the artistic director, invited me to sing La Verbena de la Paloma with Manuel Landeta, where I shared the stage with Plácido Domingo in a Gala Concert celebrating the 50th anniversary of his parents’ debut in Mexico.

RECORDING ARTIST...

In 2010, celebrating the Bicentennial of Mexico’s Independence Televisa Network supported the release of my first album Mujer Apasionada, a collection of songs by legendary Mexican composer Maria Grever.

Destiny brought me to Québec City and he beauty of this magical place and its loving, welcoming people inspired me to compose “Québec Chéri”, the featured song of my second album Bon Voyage, launched at The Chateau Frontenac in 2015.

YOUR DOG IS YOUR FRIEND, YOUR PARTNER, YOUR DEFENDER.

YOU ARE HIS LIFE, HIS LOVE, HIS LEADER.

HE WILL BE YOURS, FAITHFUL AND TRUE, TO THE LAST BEAT OF HIS HEART...

SACRED MUSIC...

I’ve had the honor to be invited several times to sing for Cardinal Gérald Lacroix and l’abbé Julien Guillot at Québec City’s Notre-Dame Cathedral, where I also sang the world première of

Le Sentier des Âmes., a magnificent work composed for me by my loyal friend, the great Mexican composer Sergio Berlioz.

I have also sung Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Mozart’s Requiem and Exsultate Jubilate, Bach’s Cantata #51 and Fauré’s Requiem.

MARIACHI...

The music of Mexico!

I SING WITH PAVAROTTI...

Legendary Italian conductor Anton Guadagno invited me to sing La Bohème, and after the last performance he said to me: “Are you ready for your next show?”

Luciano Pavarotti and I performed a Gala Concert at the Italian Embassy in Mexico City.