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Chilean soprano Verónica Villarroel, known as the “The Accidental Diva” was discovered by the world renowned soprano, Renata Scotto, while singing the role of Musetta in La Bohème alongside Scotto at the Teatro Municipal in Santiago de Chile. After La Bohème, Scotto brought Verónica to New York and promoted her studies at the famous Juilliard School of Music. From there, Verónica went on to win the Pavarotti Competition in 1988 and the Metropolitan Opera House Competition in 1989, and has since become one of the most prominent sopranos of our time.
Ms. Villarroel has sung in opera houses across Latin America, Europe, Asia and the United States: The Metropolitan Opera House in New York City, Covent Garden in London, La Scala in Milan, Teatro Real de Madrid, Teatro de Liceu in Barcelona, Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse, France, Los Angeles Opera, San Francisco Opera, Dallas Opera, Munich State Opera, Gran Teatro de Monte Carlo, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the New National Theatre in Tokyo among many others. She has sung under the batons of James Levine, Zubin Mehta, Plácido Domingo, Leonard Slatkin, Valery Giergev, Maurizio Benini and Kent Nagano, just to name a few.
Verónica is regarded as one of the finest singing actresses of our day. She brings passionate intensity to the stage, and “her big, forward tone has a Callas-style drama.” (The Guardian, London) Ms. Villarroel has brought countless roles to life on stage, among them are Madama Butterfly, La Traviata, La Bohème, Il Trovatore, El Gato Montes, I Pagliacci, Cosí fan tutte, Don Carlo, Otello, Don Giovanni, Luisa Fernanda, Turandot, Un Ballo in Maschera, Jerusalem, Stiffelio, Carmen, and many more. This year, Verónica will be performing her signature role in Madama Butterly in Chile in June, as well as a production of Florencia en las Amazonas with Plácido Domingo with the Los Angeles Opera in July. Ms. Villarroel has shared the stage with the most recognized singers including Plácido Domingo, Renee Flemings, Renata Scotto, Dolora Zajic, Olga Borodina, Teresa Berganza, Jose Cura, Dimitri Hvorostovsky, Sheryl Milnes, Vladimir Chernov, Denyce Graves and many others.
Verónica has recorded with such labels as Deutsche Grammophon (El Gato Montés), TDK (Verdi’s Jerusalem), Kultur Studio (I Pagliacci live at the Kennedy Center), Audivis-Valois (Luisa Fernanda), BBC (Il Trovatore), Sony (Il Guarany), EMI Classics (Gold & Silver Gala at Covent Garden) among others.
Ms. Villarroel has been the recipient of many awards: the Plácido Domingo Award as the most important lyrical artist in Latin America(2002), the Medal of Women (2007), the Bicentennial Art Critics Circle Award (2011), and she was recognized as one of the top 100 women leaders in Chile (2010), among many others.
- Madama Buterfly - June 2014 - Teatro Minicipal las Condes, Santiago de Chile
- Placido Domingo En Vivo & Verónica Villaroel, July 2014 - Movistar Arena, Santiago de Chile
- Florencia en el Amazonas, November & December, 2014, Los Angeles Opera