© 2017 by Claudia Chapa

ClaudiaChapa

MezzoSoprano

Mexican mezzo-soprano Claudia Chapa has recently been seen in such theatrically dynamic roles as Azucena IL TROVATORE with St. Petersburg Opera Company, Winter Opera St. Louis and Opera in Williamsburg.
 
Upcoming engagements include recording Handel's Messiah with the Royal Philharmonic at the famed Abbey Road Studios, returning to the Alabama Symphony as a  featured soloist for de falla's El amor brujo and Lieberson's Neruda Songs, Fenena NABUCCO with West Bay Opera and making her Houston Grand Opera debut in the third installation of mariachi operas as Josefina EL MILAGRO DEL RECUERDO. 
 
Recent Seasons include Alto soloist for Beethoven's 9th Symphony for DCINY and Alabama Symphony, Ortrud LOHENGRIN with Opera Southwest, Zita GIANNI SCHICCHI and Zia Principessa SUOR ANGELICA with St. Petersburg Opera, Zita in both GIANNI SCHICCHI and BUOSO'S GHOST with Opera Delaware and Baltimore Concert Opera, Marcellina LE NOZZE DI FIGARO with Charlottesville Opera, Ulrica UN BALLO IN MASCHERA, Madame Flora THE MEDIUM and the Witch HÄNSEL UND GRETEL with Opera in the Heights, Fairy Godmother in Alma Deutscher's CINDERELLA with Opera San Jose, Verdi’s Requiem with the Alabama Symphony, DCINY, and Gulf Coast Symphony, Mary THE FLYING DUTCHMAN and Dryade ARIADNE AUF NAXOS with Austin Opera, Bruckner’s Te Deum with the Austin Symphony, Mahler 2nd with Florida Orchestra, Berta IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA with San Antonio Opera, Bloody Mary SOUTH PACIFIC with Gulf Coast Symphony, Handel’s Messiah with DCINY and Evansville Philharmonic, Hedwige WILLIAM TELL with Opera Southwest, Dame Quickly FALSTAFF with Winter Opera St. Louis and Opera in the Heights, Marthe FAUST with Indianapolis Opera, Third Lady DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE with the Glimmerglass Festival and Austin Lyric Opera and Alisa LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR with Winter Opera St. Louis.
 
 

"...Claudia Chapa. She's a powerful mezzo-soprano with a gift for the intense drama that this story so strongly requires. Brava to her!"
- Steve Callahan, BroadwayWorld

"Mezzo Claudia Chapa... sings with real power and acts with great conviction. "Stride la vampa," the aria in which she describes how her mother was burned as a witch and her need for vengeance, was very compelling,"
- Chuck Lavassi, KDHX.org

"Claudia Chapa utilized her accomplished mezzo-soprano voice to articulate the injustices and frustrations endured by Azucena as well as her enduring maternal love for Manrico."
- Mark Bretz, Ladue News

"Mezzo-soprano Claudia Chapa delivered one of the opera's strongest performances as Azucena... Chapa owns a lovely and richly deep voice, and endowed the role of Azucena with a wild abundance." 
- Andrew Meacham, Tampa Bay Times

Beecham/Goossens 'Messiah

 

"The four soloists, the “A-Team,” all brought their “A game” today...Mezzo-soprano Claudia Chapa continues to astonish with her robust voice (with the added reality of the orchestra often being in the same register), but her exquisite sensitivity in her shaping of phrases was truly striking. Her He was despised was, as before, this listener’s favorite. "

- Jeffrey Williams, New York Concert Review

"Mezzo-soprano Claudia Chapa, with arguably the most to contend with in terms of balance against a similar range orchestrally, emerged victorious with her warm burnished phrases. What struck one about this singer was her musical sensitivity in subtly inflecting her held notes in “O thou that tellest good tidings in Zion.” She seemed responsive to each nuance in the orchestral parts, performing as a true ensemble member. Also excellent was her “He was despised.”

- Rorianne Schrade, New York Concert Review


Claudia Chapa, mezzo-soprano, sang with absolute heart, so much so that I wished “He was despised” was not cut, but would go on forever... All afternoon her phrases were of admirable length, she seems to have unlimited air supply. 
- Frank Daykin, New York Concert Review

"Mezzo-soprano Claudia Chapa... projected well throughout. She wrung every drop of despair out of He was despised, in what was the highlight of her solos."
- Jeffrey Williams, New York Concert Review

Verdi Requiem

"The four soloists were all up to the operatic demands of their parts, but special mention must be made of Claudia Chapa, a Mexican mezzo-soprano, who has the true Verdi heft and color in her powerful voice." 
- Frank Daykin, New York Concert Review

 

"Chapa’s exquisite, velvety voice was a pleasure to hear throughout. Her superb breath control, fluid legato, and responsive phrasing was shaped by an unostentatious sensibility and unmistakable polish. Her careful nuancing in the “Lux aeterna” did not seem to pray for the light so much as be it."

- Edward Forstman, artsBHAM

Beethoven Ninth

"Claudia Chapa, mezzo-soprano, has been heard numerous times in DCINY performances, and her strong, warm lyricism never disappoints. "

- New York Concert Review

"As Emiline, ... Ms. Chapa came into her own in the finale of Act I, when her earthy, distinctive mezzo first caressed lush passages, then at last roared and soared."
- James Sohre, Opera Today

"Mezzo-soprano Claudia Chapa showed off crunchy low notes as Emeline, the fairy godmother who brings the lovers together."

- Ilana Walder-Biesanz,

San Francisco Classical Voice

"It is, of course, Emeline, her fairy-godmother, played by Claudia Chapa, whose round and sonorous voice, particularly in the middle register – she plays Azucena in other productions –  who helps make this happen."

- Lois Silverstein, Opera Wire

"Raquel González, Aleksandra Romano, and Claudia Chapa were beautifully matched as the First, Second and Third Ladies, respectively. Their warm, appealing voices and excellent diction blended well yet each displayed an individual vocal and dramatic personality." - James Sohre, OperaToday.

"The slapstick trio of the queen's ladies-in-waiting, Raquel Gozaelz, Aleksandra Romano and Claudia Chapa, illuminate the stage with their sensual antics and dazzle with their singing." - Linda Loomis, Syracuse.com

"The Three Ladies of Raquel Gonzalez, Aleksandra Romano, and Claudia Chapa were charming and lusty." - www.taminopile.com

Quickly- Falstaff

"Mezzo-soprano Claudia Chapa was hilarious as Dame Quickly, go-between extraordinaire. Chapa is a true and talented mezzo..." 
- Sarah Bryan Miller, St. Louis Post-Disptach

 

Berta- Il Barbiere di Siviglia

"Berta, the maid, has only one significant number, but it was a show-stopper as sung by soprano Claudia Chapa, who earned a thunderous ovation."

- Mike Greenburg, San Antonio

Incident Light

"Chapa, memorable from OH's past seasons as a bouncy Mistress Quickly in Falstaff and a gleeful witch in Hansel and Gretel, possesses a purring inky mezzo that envelops Menotti's dramatic lines with probing depth and nuance. When she goes bonkers, stand back."
- D. L. Groover, Houston Press

"In the role of Madam Flora...the mezzo-soprano Claudia Chapa sang and acted with commanding power and conviction."
- William Albright, Opera

"But Ballo blossomed when ...Chapa appeared.

Ulrica only appears in Act I, but it's a stunner of a cameo. As prophetess, she summons Satan in volcanic incantation and thoroughly rules the stage. Chapa accomplishes this with magnetic presence and booming contralto. She's a dangerous, crazy bag lady, and Chapa's great scene is Grammy-worthy."


- D. L. Groover, Houston Press

 

"Credit must also be made to her hilarious group of back-up performers, a trio of nymphs played in perfect balance by Sara Ann Mitchell, Claudia Chapa, and Megan Pachecano."

- Austin Arts Watch

We Might Be Struck by Lightning

"Mezzo-soprano Claudia Chapa has an arresting stage presence, and her powerful resonance, coupled with her warm timbre and deep understanding of the material, is spellbinding. In Dvorák's "Songs My Mother Taught Me," she sings of a child's cherished, mournful memory with lovely, expressive color in her anguish. And in Schubert's aptly chosen "Der Tod und das Mädchen," Chapa's potent approach in her confrontation with Death adds depth to the drama. Chapa is a world-class talent whose vocal power is matched by her organic and genuine approach to the character, and watching her is a meditative experience."

- Michelle Haché, The Austin Chronicle

Hedwige - Guilliame Tell

"The first (Mezzo) soprano to really strike me was Claudia Chapa as Hedwige. Her rich voice soared through the hall, and she commanded us to watch her every move with her elegant presence. "

-Rachel Sadler, Operagasm

 

Handel's Messiah (recording)

Royal Philharmonic / Abbey Road Studios, London

August

2019

10/18/19

NABUCCO

8:00 p.m.

Lucie Stern Theatre

1305 Middlefield Road

Palo Alto, CA

10/20/19

NABUCCO

2:00 p.m.

Lucie Stern Theatre

1305 Middlefield Road

Palo Alto, CA

10/26/19

NABUCCO

8:00 P.M.

Lucie Stern Theatre

1305 Middlefield Road

Palo Alto, CA

10/27/19

NABUCCO

2:00 P.M.

Lucie Stern Theatre

1305 Middlefield Road

Palo Alto, CA

Houston Grand Opera

 7:00 P.M.

Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center

501 Texas Ave 

Houston, TX 77002

Houston Grand Opera

 2:30 P.M.

Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center

501 Texas Ave 

Houston, TX 77002

Houston Grand Opera

 7:00 P.M.

Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center

501 Texas Ave 

Houston, TX 77002

Houston Grand Opera

 7:00 P.M.

Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center

501 Texas Ave 

Houston, TX 77002

Houston Grand Opera

 2:30 P.M.

Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center

501 Texas Ave 

Houston, TX 77002

Houston Grand Opera

 7:00 P.M.

Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center

501 Texas Ave 

Houston, TX 77002

Houston Grand Opera

 7:00 P.M.

Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center

501 Texas Ave 

Houston, TX 77002

Houston Grand Opera

 7:00 P.M.

Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center

501 Texas Ave 

Houston, TX 77002

Houston Grand Opera

 2:30 P.M.

Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center

501 Texas Ave 

Houston, TX 77002

01/20/20

JENKINS: THE ARMED MAN: A MASS FOR PEACE

7:00 p.m.

Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall

Jonathan Griffith, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor

Alabama Symphony

7:00 P.M.

UAB’s Alys Stephens Center

Jemisaon Concert Hall

1200 10th Ave S 

Birmingham, AL 35205

Alabama Symphony

7:00 P.M.

UAB’s Alys Stephens Center

Jemisaon Concert Hall

1200 10th Ave S 

Birmingham, AL 35205

Arizona Opera

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