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Cecilia Duarte

Praised by The New York Times as "A creamy voiced mezzo-soprano," Mexican born, Cecilia is a versatile singer that has performed around the world singing different music styles, from jazz, to classical and contemporary music.

Cecilia has been greatly recognized for creating the role of Renata in the first Mariachi Opera Cruzar la Cara de la Luna with the famous Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, and commissioned by Houston Grand Opera in 2010. Cecilia has taken this opera to stages such as the Houston Grand Opera, Châtelet Theatre in Paris, France; Chicago Lyric Opera, San Diego Opera, Arizona Opera, The Fort Worth Opera, Teatro Nacional Sucre, in Quito, Ecuador, New York City Opera, and El Paso Opera. Since then, Cecilia has created other roles for world premieres of chamber operas and new works, such as Jessie Lydell in A Coffin in Egypt, (HGO and the Wallis Annenberg Center in L.A.); Gracie in A Way Home (HGO and Opera Southwest); Harriet/First Responder in After the Storm (HGO); Alicia in Some Light Emerges (HGO); and Alma in Houston Grand Opera’s first web opera series Star-cross’d. Operatic roles include Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Loma Williams in Cold Sassy Tree, Isabella in Rapaccini’s Daughter, Sarelda in The Inspector, Tituba in The Crucible, and Maria in Maria de Buenos Aires, among others.

Cecilia is also active in the world of early music, having performed constantly with Ars Lyrica Houston, Mercury Houston, The Bach Society Houston, the Fesitvalensemble in Stuttgart, Germany, and the Festival de Música Barroca de San Miguel de Allende, México.

Recordings include Cruzar la Cara de la Luna, with Albany Records, NY; Soloist in Duruflé: The Complete Choral Works with Signum Records, and a special appearance in Encantamiento, an album with music of Daniel Catán.

Future performances include Renata in Houston Grand Opera’s World Premiere El Milagro del Recuerdo, Featured Soloist in Goya: Reflexión y Revolución with Ars Lyrica Houston, Elizabeth Cree in Elizabeth Cree with the University of Houston, and soloist in the song cycle Los Sueños no tienen Fronteras, a world premiere with Anima Mundi Productions.