EGLISE GUTIÉRREZ—Soprano Born in Holguin, Cuba, American soprano Eglise Gutiérrez has been named by Opera News as “one of opera’s next wave” (August 2012).
She has sung in some of the most prestigious venues of the world, including Teatro Colon Buenos Aires, Wexford Festival, Rome, Zurich, Trieste, Florence, Cagliari, Carnegie Hall, Savonlinna, Berlin, Bellas Artes (Mexico), Tel Aviv, Hamburg, Athens, La Monnaie, Brussels, the Santa Fe Festival, Cincinnati Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Washington Concert Opera, Caramoor Festival, L'Opéra Comique and the Seattle Opera in roles such as Lucia, Gilda, Elvira in I Puritani, Violetta, Amina, Lakme, Maria di Rohan, and Elvire in La muette de Portici.
She made her debut at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden at the 2009-2010 season as Linda di Chamonix, which was also recorded and distributed by Opera Rara under the baton of Sir Mark Elder and has subsequently sung La fée in Massenet's Cendrillon under the baton of Bertand de Billy (just out on DVD).
She made her Berlin Deutsche Oper Debut as Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor (with tenor Roberto Alagna). She made also her debuts at the Teatro Real in Madrid as Elvira in I Puritani(in a Concert version with tenor Juan Diego Florez), Dresden as Gilda in Rigoletto, followed by Rigoletto in Zurich, La Traviata in Seattle, Lucia di Lammermoor in Florida, I Puritani in Cagliari.
She returned to Covent Garden as Amina in La Sonnambula under the baton of Daniel Oren. In 2008-2009 Miss Gutiérrez made her debut at Teatro Lirico di Cagliari as Amina in La sonnambula (just out on DVD), her Maggio Musicale Fiorentino debut as Lucia, and her Hamburg debut as Gilda. Also that season she sang La Traviata in Miami, Lucia in Montreal,Rigoletto in Vancouver, I Puritani for her Athens debut, her Chicago Symphony Orchestra debut as Gilda with James Conlon at the Ravinia Festival, and a engagement at the Savonlinna Opera Festival as Lucia where she was also the "Artist of the Year" in 2008.
Miss Gutiérrez has also appeared in concert in Prague, Cannes, Finland, Miami, and tour in the Unites States with Andrea Bocelli. In 2008 Miss Gutiérrez sang the title role of La sonnambula at Carnegie Hall with the Opera Orchestra of New York under the baton of Eve Queller, and made her Seattle Opera debut as Elvira in I Puritani, returned to Detroit as La sonnambula (under the baton of Richard Bonynge), and made her debut at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City in Lucia di Lammermoor under the baton of Edoardo Müller.
A three-time recipient of the Gerda Lissner Foundation Grant and grant recipient of the Singers Development Foundation, Eglise Gutiérrez has collected top prizes including First Prize in the August 2004 International Mirjam Helin Competition in Helsinki, the West Palm Beach Opera Competition, the New Jersey State Opera Competition, and the Connecticut Opera Competition. Miss Gutiérrez’s long list of awards and honors also includes Winner of the Montserrat Caballé International Opera Competition, First Place in the Marian Anderson Opera Competition and Second Place in the Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation Opera Competition in 2002. She won First Place in the Giargirai Bel Canto Opera Competition.
Miss Gutiérrez graduated from The Institute Superior of Art in Cuba (Suma Cum Laude) and from The Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. She made her Carnegie Hall début as soprano soloist in Mozart’s Requiem and John Rutter’s Requiem under the baton of John Rutter in May 2004, after completing her final year at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. During her studies there, she performed several leading roles; among them the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor, Amina in Bellini’s La sonnambula, Nanetta in Falstaff, and Adina in L’elisir d’amore. Additional roles in her repertoire include Hanna Glawari in The Merry Widow, and the title roles in Roig’s Cecilia Valdés and Vives’ Doña Francisquita with Pro Arte Gratelli.
Engagements in the 2012/2013 season included her debut in Les Contes d'Hoffmann at the Teatro Liceu, Barcelona; in 2014: Thaïs in Massenet's Thaïs with the Florida Grand Opera, La Fée in Cendrillon at Barcelona's Liceu and Lucia di Lammermoor with the Opera de Marseilles.