Artist of the Week: Adriana Gonzalez

Guatemalan Soprano Makes her Role Debut as Juliette as Well as Her U.S. Debut

By Francisco Salazar

On April 29, the Houston Grand Opera will open a production of Gounod’s “Roméo et Juliette,” one of the most renowned French operas of all time and one that contains some of the greatest extended duets. And for this occasion The opera house has assembled a bright cast that includes the rising star, Adriana González.

González is making her role debut as Juliette, an opera she has been working on since 2019. Incidentally, it was with an excerpt of this opera that her life changed. In 2019, the soprano competed in the Operalia Competition with “Dieu ! quel frisson court dans mes veines!” and ended up winning first prize. Since then her career has taken off singing at many of the great theaters in the world. Now with Juliette, she will take another step in her career; she will make her U.S. debut which will bring her international career to another level.

As she noted in a recent interview this is a step, “I take this as a big responsibility, but also as a sign that the hard work is being done in the right direction.”

And for those not in Houston, the soprano returns to the U.S. next season for performances of Verdi’s Requiem with the Dallas Symphony and is also set to return to the Opera de Paris as well.


For those not familiar with the Guatemalan soprano’s voice you can listen to her first two albums “Albéniz: Complete songs” and “Dussaut – Covatti: Mélodies,” both Audax Records.

Here she is singing an aria from “Rusalka.”

Here she is her Operalia winning performance.



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