Cecilia Duarte, mezzo-soprano

A native of Chihuahua, Mexico, mezzo-soprano Cecilia Duarte created the role of Renata in the first opera with mariachi music Cruzar la Cara de la Luna with Houston Grand Opera, touring with it to the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, France, and then in later performances at Chicago Lyric Opera, Houston Grand Opera (revival), San Diego Opera, Arizona Opera, and Fort Worth Opera. Cecilia is an active performer in the circle of contemporary music, and has premiered several works, such as Ethan Greene’s A Way Home, David Hanlon’s Past the Checkpoints, The Ninth November I was Hiding, and After the Storm, and most recently, the opera Some Light Emerges also with Houston Grand Opera.  An early music enthusiast, Cecilia has performed at the Oregon Bach Festival, the Festivalensemble in Stuttgart, Germany, and the Festival de Música Barroca of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and she regularly appears with the Bach Society Houston, Mercury, the Orchestra Redefined, and Ars Lyrica Houston.