In 2013 Uruguayan soprano María Antúnez made her Los Angeles Opera debut in the title role in the World Premiere of Lee Holdrige’s opera, Dulce Rosa conducted by Placido Domingo. This coming season she sings the role of Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro with Sarasota Opera. Prior to that Ms. Antunez performed Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, the Mother in Hansel & Gretel, Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, as well as Anna in Nabucco with the Washington National Opera. She also debuted the role of Mary in Marcos Galvany’s Oh My Son in a premiere production at the Vatican in Rome, Italy.
In her home country of Uruguay she has appeared at the Teatro Solis in Montevideo as Elvira in Don Giovanni, Adina in L’Elisir d’Amore, and Sofia in Rossini’s Il Signor Bruschino. She recently made her debut with the Orlando Philharmonic as Mimì in La bohème. She has appeared with the Chinese National Symphony Orchestra at the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing, China, the Miami Symphony Orchestra, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, the Florida Chamber Orchestra, and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival USA.
She holds an Artist Certificate diploma from the College of Charleston, where she appeared as Miss Silverpeal in The Impresario, Angelica in Suor Angelica and Queen Elizabeth I in Maria Stuarda with the College of Charleston Opera. She is a winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions at the district and regional levels, as well as a national semi-finalist, and was an Operalia semifinalist in 2011. María is an alumni of Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program.
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