Andrea Núñez, 2016-2017 Scholarship recipient

Andrea Núñez, soprano

Praised for her “blinding brilliance”, Canadian Soprano Andrea Núñez is establishing herself as a versatile young artist.

Ms. Núñez is currently a member of l’Atelier Lyrique de l’Opera de Montréal. As part of her tenure, she has performed the roles of the Page in Rigoletto, Woglinde in Das Rheingold, and Alice B. Toklas in Ricky Ian Gordon’s 27. She also performed the roles of the Governess in The Turn of the Screw in collaboration with the Orchestre de l’Agora and Giulia in La Scala di seta in collaboration with the Orchestre symphonique de la Vallée-du-Haut-Saint-Laurent. Next season she will cover the role of Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor and perform the role of Erste Dame in Die Zauberflöte.

In August 2019, Ms. Núñez will representing Canada in the Queen Sonja International Music Competition in Oslo, Norway.

In 2018, Ms. Núñez returned to Opera Theatre of Saint Louis for her second year as a Gerdine Young Artist and was a recipient of a Richard Gaddes Career Award. That season, she went on to create the role of Pvt. Sonia Gonzalez in the world premier of Huang Ruo & David Henry Hwang’s An American Soldier. During her first year at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Ms. Núñez performed the role of Butterfly’s Cousin in Madame Butterfly and she covered the role of Rosasharn in Ricky Ian Gordon’s The Grapes of Wrath.

In 2017, Ms. Núñez had the opportunity to cover the role of Fiakermilli in the Canadian Opera Company’s production of Arabella.

Ms. Núñez is an alumnus of the Calgary Opera Emerging Artist Program where she performed the roles of Ellen in Lakmé, and Le Feu and Le Rossignol in L’enfant et les sortilèges, and Papagena in Die Zauberflöte. She also covered the title role in Lakmé and the Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte.

In June 2015, Ms. Núñez joined the Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Artist Program where she had her American debut as Monterone’s Daughter/Page in Rigoletto. She also created the role of Laura in the world premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain. In March and April she had the pleasure of touring Ontario and Quebec performing the role of Norina in Don Pasquale as part of the Jeunesses Musicales Canada Emerging Artist Tour.

Along with her many operatic credits, Ms. Núñez has also performed concert works with the Pax Christi Chorale, the Toronto Mozart Players, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

Ms. Núñez was a District Finalist (Buffalo/Toronto District) at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2017. In January 2018, she was a semi-finalist at the Voix Nouvelles competition in Massy, France. In February 2017 she received the Roberta Peters Award from the George London Foundation. She is a 2017 Laureate for the Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyrique and the 2016 winner of the Toronto Mozart Project Vocal Competition. She was one of seven finalists at the Canadian Opera Company’s Centre Stage Competition in 2016.

Ms. Núñez completed her Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance at the University of Western Ontario under the tutelage of Jackalyn Short. She then went on to complete her Master of Music in Opera Performance at the University of Toronto under the instruction of Nathalie Paulin. She currently studies with Ariane Girard.

Ms. Núñez has 11 years of competitive dance training in various styles including ballet, jazz, tap, and lyrical. She is of Peruvian and Chinese heritage and is fluent in Spanish.