Award-winning mezzo-soprano Zaray Rodriguez has been hailed for her “dusky timbre” and performances “so impassioned one could believe it” (Classical South Florida Review) and for her “steadfast vocal production [that] entrance[s]” (Boston Musical Intelligencer). In the 2018-2019 season, Ms. Rodriguez makes her role debut as Dinah in Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti at Aspen Music Festival, and as Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro and Dima’s Mother and Lupe Marin in Robert Xavier Rodríguez’s Frida with Florida Grand Opera. In the summer of 2019, she will sing as Asakir in Mohammed Fairouz’s Sumeida’s Song as a Studio Artist with Opera Maine, and will perform a solo recital at the Portland Museum of Art in Maine.
Highlights of Ms. Rodriguez’ 2017-2018 season included the title role of Carmen in a concert production with Parkway Concert Orchestra; mezzo-soprano soloist in Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with Cape Cod Concert Orchestra; Geneviève in Pelléas et Mélisandre, Florence Pike in Britten’s Albert Herring, Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, and Aunt Hannah Watkins in Tobias Picker’s Emmeline with Boston Opera Institute; and L’Enfant and the Cat in L’enfant et les Sortilèges at Aspen Music Festival, where the Aspen Times celebrated her “humorous” performance. Other highlights include Philip Glass’ Hydrogen Jukebox with Boston Opera Institute; Federico Garcia Lorca in Osvaldo Golijov’s Ainadamar, La Zia principessa in Suor Angelica, and Zita in Gianni Schicchi with Frost Opera Theater; Marie in Most Happy Fella, Ms. Paroo in The Music Man, and in Evan Mack’s opera Roscoe with Seagle Music Colony; and Professor Nitrogen Scarlet in the world premiere of Carson Kievman’s Intelligent Systems with SoBe Institute in Miami Beach, Florida.
An accomplished concert performer as well, Ms. Rodriguez has performed as mezzo-soprano soloist in Sibelius’ Belshazzar’s Feast with Boston University Symphony; in the Carlos de Andrade concert series at the Henry Mancini Institute; Handel’s Messiah with Masterworks Chorus of the Palm Beaches; and Bach’s Magnificat, BWV 243 at Palm Beach Atlantic University. She was a soloist in the recording of Shawn Crouch’s Visions and Ecstasies, a Mass (Naxos Records); as the Clerk in Michael Dellaira’s The Death of Webern, (Albany Records); and on the Grammy-nominated recording of Brahms’ Ein Deutches Requiem with the Professional Choral Institute of Seraphic Fire.
Ms. Rodriguez is a previous district winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in Georgia (2018) and Connecticut (2017). In 2017, she was a recipient of the Career Bridges Grant. She has also been a previous winner of the National Society of Arts and Letters Dorothy Lincoln-Smith National Competition (2016, 2017), and Connecticut Alliance of Music Heida Hermanns International Vocal Competition (2016).
Ms. Rodriguez is a graduate of the Opera Institute of Boston University. She holds a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Miami, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Palm Beach Atlantic University. Ms. Rodriguez is represented by Barrett Artists.