From: Fort Worth, Texas. LA Opera: Annina in La Traviata (2014, debut); Opera Gossip in The Ghosts of Versailles (2015); Barbarina in The Marriage of Figaro (2015); several roles in Hercules vs. Vampires (2015); soloist in Erwin Schrott concert (2015); Papagena in The Magic Flute (2016); Nuria in Ainadamar (2025). She is an alumna of the Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program (2014-16).

Peruvian and Mexican-American soprano Vanessa Becerra began the 2023/24 season as the featured soloist at Fort Worth Opera’s annual gala. Additional engagements include returns to Opera Omaha for Norina in Don Pasquale, to Minnesota Opera for Adina in L’elisir d’amore and to Arizona Opera for Zerlina in Don Giovanni, as well as a debut with the Phoenix Symphony for Handel's Messiah.

Last season she debuted at Opera Delaware for Opening Night at the Grand, followed by debuts with Florida Grand Opera as Carolina in Cimarosa's Il matrimonio secreto, Opera Omaha for Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis for Despina in Così fan tutte along with returns to Minnesota Opera for Marie in The Daughter of the Regiment and Houston Grand Opera for Javier Martínez's El Milagro del Recuerdo. On the concert stage, she debuted with the newly formed San Antonio Philharmonic.

Vanessa made debuts at the Metropolitan Opera as Noémie in Cendrillon, Intermountain Opera Bozeman for Rosina in The Barber of Seville, and Boston Lyric Opera for Juliette in Roméo et Juliette. She returned to Washington National Opera in Kamala Sankaram’s Rise, part of the world premiere tetralogy Written in Stone, and she debuted with Austin Opera as Marzelline in Fidelio and Opera Parallèle as Belle in La Belle et la Bête. In concert, she debuted with Minnesota Opera for Ópera Afuera and returned to Fort Worth Opera for Entre Amigos.

She returned to Opera San José for the title role in Il segreto di Susanna by Wolf-Ferrari, debuted with Arizona Opera for the feature length film adaptation and world premiere of The Copper Queen, and debuted with St. Croix Valley Opera in a concert of popular arias entitled Opera on the River. Vanessa debuted at Houston Grand Opera in the world premiere of El Milagro del Recuerdo and Washington National Opera as Zerlina in Don Giovanni. Additional recent appearances include Maria in Francesca Zambello’s production of West Side Story with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, the Glimmerglass Festival and Atlanta Opera. She also joined the roster of the Metropolitan Opera and returned to Opera Omaha for Glass’s Les enfants terribles.

Vanessa debuted with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel as Papagena in The Magic Flute, San Francisco Symphony with Michael Tilson Thomas as Paquette in Candide, Lyric Opera of Chicago as Miss Lightfoot in Fellow Travelers by Gregory Spears, both Opera Delaware and Baltimore Concert Opera as Sophie in Werther, Opera Omaha in Medea (Glauce), and Atlanta Opera in Sweeney Todd (Johanna). The winter of 2017 saw Ms. Becerra’s return to Opera San Jose as the title role in Alma Deutscher’s Cinderella (featured internationally on conducted by Jane Glover.

Ms. Becerra is a graduate of the Young Artist Program at the Los Angeles Opera. During her time with LAO, she appeared in Le nozze di Figaro (Barbarina), Die Zauberflöte (Papagena), La traviata (Annina), Gossip 2 in the GRAMMY Award-winning recording of Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles, and as a featured soloist in a concert with bass-baritone Erwin Schrott. Vanessa enjoys a long relationship with The Glimmerglass Festival where she has been seen in Oklahoma! (Laurey), La bohème (Musetta), and in their Young Artist performances of The Magic Flute (Pamina). Other training programs include Wolf Trap Opera Company, Des Moines Metro Opera, and Seagle Music Colony. She received her master’s degree from The Boston Conservatory, her bachelor’s degree from Texas Christian University in her hometown of Fort Worth, TX and is a graduate of the Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts.

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