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Mexican soprano debuts in New York

Ana Capetillo, a student at the Mannes School of Music, debuted at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater in New York
Ana Capetillo – Photo courtesy of ANA CAPETILLO
08/01/2018
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Mexican soprano Ana Capetillo debuted in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater in New York City, under stage director Laura Alley and artistic director and conductor Joseph Colaneri, a performance by the Mannes Opera.

Ana Capetillo, 25, was born in Mexico City and is currently a student at the Mannes School of Music in New York. She received a scholarship from the Artistic Society of Sinaloa but began her music education in 2008. In 2011 she won third place at the singing competition Maritza Alemán, in addition to debuting with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Mexico City.

Regarding her performance in The Marriage of Figaro, Capetillo says it was a challenge for her.

“It's one of the largest soprano roles there are and this is one of the richest operas there is,” she says, “this debut was a great experience for me.”

Capetillo has also performed in the Gala Mont Blanc of the Culture Arts Patronage Award; in June 2014 she got the role of Zerlina in the opera Don Giovanni, and has also given recitals in several Spanish cities.

This young woman recounts her experience of meeting Sondra Radvanovsky backstage at a concert in Los Angeles, and how she managed to get advice from her.

“I followed her advice and I went to New York to take classes with Tony Maloni, the coach I've been working with the past four years,” she says.

The Mexican soprano says it was her family who first encouraged to sing opera, and she then decided to find support to study and that was how she came into contact with the Artistic Society of Sinaloa, who supported singers to take courses in Europe.

“In Salzburg, they told me I had to go to the Queen Sofia College of Music. I stayed there for two years and then I went to New York. This is how things have worked out for me.”

She confesses studying abroad has also been a challenge for her. “It's a difficult career. People who aren't involved think it's a strange choice, unpopular, but once you're in you realize a lot of people are trying to make a career,” she states.

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