AZO Cast Members & Creatives
Houston Native, Vanessa Alonzo, initiated her ranchera training with the late Alfonso Guerra at Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts (MECA). In 2010, Houston Grand Opera commissioned the first mariachi opera in the world, Cruzar La Cara de La Luna/To Cross the Face of the Moon, by Leonard Foglia and Jose “Pepe” Martinez, in which Alonzo performed the role of Lupita. Alonzo reprised the role of Lupita in Cruzar La Cara de La Luna with El Paso Opera in 2019, New York City Opera in 2018, Houston Grand Opera 2018, Fort Worth Opera in 2017, Arizona Opera in October 2014 as well as the 2013 tri-city tour with San Diego Opera, Houston Grand Opera, and Lyric Opera of Chicago. Also in 2011 as the season opener in Paris, France at the Théâtre du Châtelet.
In 2015, Alonzo created the role of Juana in Lyric Opera of Chicago’s production of El Pasado Nunca Se Termina/The Past is Never Finished by Leonard Foglia and Jose “Pepe” Martinez as well. She also toured this opera in San Diego, Houston, and Chicago. She reprised the role in Fort Worth Opera’s 2019 Season.
Vanessa is continuing her role as Lupita in the prequel to Cruzar La Cara de La Luna in El Milagro Del Recuerdo by Leonard Foglia and Javier Martinez.
Vanessa is lead female vocalist in Houston-based Latin-fusion group Los Guerreros de La Musica. Together they have won the Best Latin Band in the East Texas Music Awards. Vanessa was awarded the International Leadership Award by the Texas Women’s Empowerment Foundation in 2014 for her outstanding career. In 1999, she won the Best in the US Vocalist in the Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza vocal competition. A competition judged by the world renowned Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan. Her notable credits include tours to Ireland, Mexico, Norway, and Vietnam. In 2002, she performed for the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Television credits include El Show de Cristina on Univision as a participant in Festival de Rancheras and a finalist on Estrella TV’s Tengo Talento, Mucho Talento in 2011.