The Gerald Perman Emerging Artist Recital


7:30 PM at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

Cuban-American soprano Elena Villalón is currently a third-year studio artist with Houston Grand Opera. A Grand Finals winner of the 2019 Metropolitan Opera Laffont Competition, Ms. Villalón’s 2021-2022 season features a number of debuts encompassing a variety of both operatic and concert repertoire. Notable opera engagements include house and role debuts at The Dallas Opera as Tina in Flight and at Austin Opera as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, as well as continued collaborations with Houston Grand Opera, where she will create the role of Amy in the world premiere of Joel Thompson’s The Snowy Day and debut the role of Juliette in Roméo et Juliette.

Program to feature pieces by Hugo Wolf, Jean Sibelius, and Sergei Rachmaninov, as well as works by prominent Latinx composers Xavier Montsalvatge, Maria Grever, Federico Chapì, and the premiere of songs by up-and-coming composer Reinaldo Moya.

“This [aria] selection made for a stunning showcase of Villalón’s vocal ability, employing silvery tones and leaps of anguished color. Her legato phrases rang clearly, as did the sustained diminuendo she used to scale her way back down from her passionate vocal heights…This sense of naturalness returned for her flexible cadenza which wove ornaments through the brief, aching, dramatic gaps of silence.”

Logan Martell, Opera Wire

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