BIOGRAPHY


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Cuban American soprano Rosa Vento has performed to International acclaim in the USA and Europe. Highly praised performances have spanned operatic venues including the Vienna State Opera, Deutsche Oper am Rhein and The Lyric Opera of Chicago. Rosa Vento is an extremely versatile artist who has also received praise for her wide range of recital repertoire, which includes uncommon Spanish vocal works and Cuban indigenous music. Ms. Vento has sung under the direction of some of the most preeminent conductors of our time, including, Zubin Mehta, Mstislav Rostropovich and Sir Colin Davis.

A native of Havana, Cuba, Ms. Vento was raised in Miami. She received a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Miami School of Music and earned a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Manhattan School of Music in New York City. Rosa Vento has had the privilege to study with some of the best teachers and coaches in the world such as, Ellen Faull, Rita Patane, Joanna Levy, Gianna Galli, John Wustman, Martin Katz, Joan Dorneman and Jane Klaviter. While at Manhattan School of Music Ms. Vento was chosen to perform in a series of Master Classes with renowned soprano Birgit Nilsson. Presently she has established a private voice studio in New York City and is on the faculty specializing in diction and vocal technique at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions at New York University and at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in New York City. She has also taught as a voice teacher and diction coach for the Castleton Summer Music Festival, directed by Lorin Maazel.

Since making her Vienna State Opera début Ms. Vento has worked with many eminent conductors, including Sir Colin Davis, as Ilia in Idomeneo, Re di Creta, and Mstislav Rostropovich, with whom she prepared the role of Silvana in the world premiere of Alfred Schnitke’s Gesualdo in 1994-95. Under the direction of Zubin Mehta she performed the role of Helene in Verdi’s Jerusalem , the French version of I Lombardi and a Flower Maiden in Parsifal at the Spoleto Festival USA and with the Chicago Symphony and Daniel Barenboim at Orchestra Hall in Chicago . While at the Vienna State Opera Ms. Vento performed many roles including Violetta in La traviata, Adina in L’elisir d’amore, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Giulietta in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Musetta in La Boheme, Saffi in Der Zigeunerbaron, Micaela in Carmen, the First Lady in The Magic Flute, and Ortlinde in Die Walkure.

Rosa Vento may be heard on CD as Violetta in La Traviata with Marcelo Alvarez and Leo Nucci, as Francesca in the US premier of the verismo opera Paolo and Francesca by Luigi Mancinelli and on her first solo CD entitled Perlas Cubanas, songs by Cuban composers Ernesto Lecuona and Sindo Garay.


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In the 1996-97 season Rosa Vento made her Deutsche Oper am Rhein debut as Donna Anna in Mozartr’s Don Giovanni, and returned to the company later in the season to perform her first Leonora's in Verdi’s Il trovatore. In between her performances at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein Ms. Vento performed Mimi in La Boheme, with the Austin Lyric Opera and with the Sioux City Opera. She also appeared as the soprano soloist in a Bernstein’s Songfest opening the 1996-97 season of New York ’s 92nd Street Y concert series. Later in the season she made her debut in Japan singing Violetta in La traviata in Tokyo and at the Avenches summer festival in Avenches , Switzerland , for over 5000 people in an outdoor Roman Arena.

Rosa Vento made her Austin Lyric Opera debut in the 1991-92 season as Donna Elvira, as well as debuts with the Stadtstheater Basel in the title role of Violetta in La traviata and , in the summer, at the Arena di Verona as the First Lady in The Magic Flute. She returned to the United States in 1992-93 to perform Micaela in Carmen for the Greater Miami Opera, and Musetta in La Boheme, for the Palm Beach Opera. Ms. Vento has performed Magda in Puccinis’s La rondine with Long Beach Opera, Mimi for the Opera de Nice, Violetta for the Netherlands Opera and Palm Beach Opera, several roles with the Lyric Opera of Chicago including the High Priestess in Aida and Flora in La traviata.. During her apprenticeship with the Lyric Opera’s Center for American Artists she performed Estelle in Hugo Weisgall’s The Stronger and Pamina in The Magic Flute. She has also been an apprentice with the Santa Fe Opera.


As a concert artist, Rosa Vento has presented recitals in New York (Alice Tully Hall, Bruno Walter Auditorium, and Hubbard Recital Hall), Miami (Guzman Concert Hall and University of Miami), Washington, D.C. (Phillips Collection, The Kennedy Center), and at the Teatro Naçional de Santo Domingo. She also appeared as the soprano soloist in Beethoven's S ymphony No. 9 for the Opera de Nice, the Angel in Mahler's Symphony No.8 with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, and a flower maiden in a concert performance of Parsifal with the Chicago Symphony conducted by Daniel Barenboim.

Ms. Vento has many vocal awards to her credit, including the Loren L. Zachary Society competition, the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions, the Rosa Ponselle International competition, the Geneva International Competition, the Liederkranz Foundation competition and the Palm Beach Opera auditions


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