Bolivian American soprano Lynette Tapia is consistently acclaimed for her “canary” embellishments and “crystalline coloratura” passages by journalists worldwide. Of a recent performance in Les dialogues des Carmelites the Denver Post says “Tapia’s voice is one that I shall remember in this opera for its sparkle and clarity.” She was a 1996 winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. After winning First Place and the Prublic’s Choice Award in the Operalia International Voice Competition of Placido Domingo, Ms. Tapia made her European debut singing the title role in “Lakmé” for the Grand Theatre Municipal de Bordeaux. In the U.S. and abroad, she enjoys relationships with opera companies and orchestras including Los Angeles Opera, Portland Opera, Atlanta Opera, Netherlands Opera, Opera Colorado, Washington Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Florentine Opera, Arizona Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Opera Pacific, Opera Orchestra of New York, Dallas Symphony, Washington Concert Opera, Carnegie Hall, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Cologne Philharmonic, the Musikverein in Vienna, among others.
Most recently, Ms. Tapia performed Adina in “L’elisir d’amore” with the Sugar Creek Symphony and Song in Watseke, Illinois, and two concerts marking her Italian debut in Montefalco and Acquasparta (Umbria Music Fest). In the 2006-2007 Season, she performed Italian Singer in “Capriccio” with the Netherlands Opera, toured with the English Chamber Orchestra, and performed Selene the Moon in a world premier of “Keepers of the Night” by Peter Ash with the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus. Other recent engagements include The Queen of the Night in “Die Zauberflöte” and Lucia (cover) in “Lucia di Lammermoor” with the Los Angeles Opera, Blondchen “Die Entführung aus dem Serail” with Atlanta Opera, Marie in “La fille du régiment” with Todi Music Festival, Rosina in “Il barbiere di Siviglia” with Opera Pacific and Gold Coast Opera, Blondchen in “Die Entführung aus dem Serail” with The Lake George Opera Festival, Cunegonde in “Candide” with Opera Pacific, Adele in “Die Fledermaus” with Augusta Opera and Madison Opera, and La Contessa di Folleville in “Il Viaggio a Reims” with Portland Opera.
Other notable performances have included Najade in “Ariadne auf Naxos” with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Zerbinetta in the same opera with Opera Colorado, Marie in “La fille du Régiment” and Adele in “Die Fledermaus” with Opera Pacific, Lisa in “La Sonnambula” with both Opera Orchestra of New York and Washington Concert Opera, Blondchen in “Die Entführung aus dem Serail” with both Opera Columbus and The Florentine Opera, and Soeur Constance in “Les dialogues des Carmelites” with Santa Fe Opera.
Ms. Tapia has been heard throughout the United States and Europe in orchestral concerts and solo recitals. She performed a Gala Concert with the Dallas Symphony and “The Messiah” at Carnegie Hall with Musica Sacra. Her New York recital debut was with Marilyn Horne at Carnegie Hall and since then she has become a part of the annual Marilyn Horne Foundation Gala Benefit Concert. She has represented Carnegie Hall in a recital at the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, her first appearance in a series presented by Rising Stars, an international debut recital series. Additional appearances have included recitals at Carnegie’s Weill Hall, the Athens Concert Hall, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Cologne Philharmonic, the Musikverein in Vienna, and the Birmingham (England) Symphony Hall.
Other awards include First prize in the George London Foundation and Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation vocal competitions, an Opera Index Award, and winner of the MacAllister competition. Ms. Tapia received her Bachelor of Music degree from The Cleveland Institute of Music. She has worked with many distinguished conductors including Robert Spano, Julius Rudel, Richard Bonynge, Walter Attanasi, John DeMain, Donald Runnicles, Andrew Litton, and recently has recorded two albums with Christopher Larkin and the English Chamber Orchestra.