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Raquel González


Hailed as a “true artist” by Opera News, soprano Raquel González recently completed three seasons as a Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist at Washington National Opera, where she appeared as Cio Cio San in Madama Butterfly, Contessa Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Micaëla in Carmen, Mimì in La bohème, and the Sandman in Hansel und Gretel.

During the 2017-18 season Ms. González performed with the National Symphony Orchestra in Bernstein’s Songfest and appeared in Washington National Opera’s The Little Prince. She also made her debut with Lyric Opera of Kansas City as Tatyana in a new production of Eugene Onegin, performed Verdi’s Requiem with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, and returned to Syracuse Opera as Violetta in La Traviata. Ms. González sings her first Iolanta at Cincinnati’s Queen City Opera in May.

During the 2016-17 season she sang Tatyana in Syracuse Opera’s Eugene Onegin, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Lansing Symphony Orchestra.

As a Gerdine Young Artist at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, she appeared in the world premiere of Terence Blanchard's Champion and returned to OTSL in the summer of 2014 as a Festival Artist to sing First Lady in The Magic Flute and cover Blanche de la Force in Dialogues of the Carmelites.

In concert, she has appeared with the New York Festival of Song at Alice Tully Hall, where she also appeared several times with William Christie and Juilliard415. Ms. González was the soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and made her debut with the New York Philharmonic as soprano soloist in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony at Avery Fisher Hall. A 2016 Sullivan Foundation Career Grant Winner and Mid-Atlantic Region Finalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, she has also been awarded prizes from the Liederkranz Foundation and the Gerda Lissner Foundation. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School, where she was a Toulmin Foundation Scholar.

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