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Vocalists

Raquel Gonzalez


— Soprano

"The performance boasted a remarkable Mimì in Raquel González. Her complexly shaded lirico-spinto soprano proved an instrument of ideal weight for the role, and she used it to create a portrayal of extraordinary delicacy. Her seamstress never begged for our sympathies, but instead elicited them through her simple, direct manner. She treated "Donde lieta uscì" not as an occasion for grandstanding but as a plain racconto, listing the items she needed to retrieve from Rodolfo's apartment and only letting her passion come through as she sang of the "cuffietta rosa" underneath his pillow. "Sì, mi chiamano Mimì" was so unaffected, so thoroughly in the moment, that its ending elicited from the audience empathetic silence rather than applause, as if nobody wanted to break its spell. This was the work of a true artist."
Opera News, October 2016 - Mimi in 'La bohème" at Glimmerglass Festival

"Soprano Raquel González and O’Neill sang with exceptional intimacy...González and the orchestra achieved a particularly beautiful and moving moment when Desdemona bares her heart and soul to her husband...With a premonition of death, Desdemona sings the famous “Willow Song”, a lament for love gone wrong. González was affecting here, subtly drawing back her tone for each repetition of “salce” (willow)...Desdemona then kneels and prays, beginning and finishing with the “Ave Maria”. The conclusion...is one of Verdi’s finest inspirations, and this rendering could hardly have failed to moisten eyes, with González’s final floated pianissimo high A and string-playing of seraphic purity in the coda...O’Neill, González, and the orchestra made a spine-tingling dramatic and musical crescendo to the horrific killing."
The Boston Music Intelligencer, January 2016 - Desdemona in 'Otello' with the Boston Youth Symphony

"Raquel González's big, fresh lyrico-spinto soprano was exactly right for Tatiana; its tight vibrato was like youthful yearning itself, made into sound. She was ardent and impetuous in the Letter Scene; touching and noble as the mature heroine...she carried our sympathies from first to last."
Opera News - Tatyana in 'Eugene Onegin' at the Juilliard School

About

Soprano Raquel Gonzalez begins the 2017-2018 season making her hometown debut with the Lyric Opera of Kanas City as Tatyana in a new production of Eugene Onegin. She also debuts with the West Virginia Symphony as the soprano soloist in Verdi’s Requiem and returns to the Washington National Opera for performances of The Water and The Rose in Rachel Portman’s The Little Prince. With the Syracuse Opera, she will make her role debut as Violetta in La traviata and sing her first performances of Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta with Queen City Opera in Cincinnati.

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