Veronica Villarroel

Chilean born soprano Veronica Villarroel has been acclaimed at major international opera houses throughout the world such as the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Hamburg State Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, San Francisco Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, Dallas Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Washington Opera, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Teatro Real Madrid, Gran Teatro del Liceu and many others.  The 2014/2015 season sees the artist return to the Los Angeles Opera as the title role in Florencia En El Amazonas.

Particularly praised in the first years of her international career for roles such as Fiordiligi in Cosi Fan Tutte (the role of her international debut at the Gran Teatro del Liceo in Barcelona), Liu in Turandot, Mimi in La bohème and Violetta in La traviata ( the last two which she sang all over the world)  in recent seasons she has expanded her repertoire to include many lirico-spinto roles. She has become internationally identified for her portrayal of Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly, which she has performed at the Metropolitan Opera, Washington Opera, San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Dallas Opera, Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse, Torre del Lago, as well as in Tokyo and for the Choregies d’Orange..  Veronica Villarroel has appeared as Elisabetta di Valois in Don Carlos for performances at the Metropolitan Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Washington National Opera, and for her debut with the New Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv; as Desdemona in Otello, first opposite Jose Cura in Buenos Aires, and subsequently in Munich, Santiago and Washington; as Leonora in Il Trovatore for the Royal Opera House Covent Garden as well as in Buenos Aires and Mexico City. Her Gallery of Verdi heroines has also included the title role in Luisa Miller ( Metropolitan Opera, Washington Opera, Canadian Opera Company ) Lina in Stiffelio (Metropolitan Opera, Madrid, Washington ); Lida in La Battaglia di Legnano and the title role in Alzira  (Royal Opera House Covent Garden), Helene in Jerusalem (Teatro Carlo Felice, Genoa), Amelia in Un Ballo in Maschera (Chicago Lyric Opera ) , Amelia Grimaldi in Simon Boccanegra (Mexico City), Alice Ford in Falstaff (Madrid and Chicago).

Her Verismo heroines have included Margherita and Elena in Boito’s Mefistofele (Metropolitan Opera), the title role in Adriana Lecouvreur (Santiago and Tokyo.) Puccini’s Manon Lescaut (Washington Opera, Oviedo) , Magda in La Rondine ( L’Opera de Monte Carlo, Dallas Opera). She has also been internationally praised for her performance of Nedda in Pagliacci (Metropolitan Opera, Washington Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Athens,Greece) and made a further very successful foray into the Mozart repertoire with her performances of Elettra in Idomeneo at the Los Angeles Opera opposite Placido Domingo. Villarroel sang her first Blanche de La Force in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmelites in 2006 in Santiago and has performed other roles of the French repertoire such as Marguerite in Faust (Metropolitan Opera, Houston) Micaela in Carmen (Metropolitan Opera), Antonia in Les Contes Hoffmann.

During the 2007-2008 season Ms. Villarroel was be heard in the title role of Madama Butterfly for Pittsburgh Opera followed by performances of Alice in Falstaff at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. During the season she also added two new roles to her repertoire;Maddalena de Coigny in Andrea Chenier in Las Palmas and the title role in Puccini’s Suor Angelica in Santiago   Villarroel also sang Verdi’s Requiem with the Orchestra Sinfonica del Valles in Spain and  appeared\ in concert with Placido Domingo at the Teatro Municpal de Santiago.   Future projects include a return to Mexico City in Manon Lescaut, Falstaff in Pittsburgh and her first Santuzza in San Antonio opposite Andrea Bocelli.

Veronica Villarroel made her professional debut at the Teatro Municipal in Santiago, Chile as Musetta in La bohème opposite the Mimi of Renata Scotto who was instrumental in bringing her to the United States where she completed her musical studies at the Juilliard School’s American Opera Center.  Villarroel made her European debut in 1989 as Antonia in Les contes d’Hoffmann at the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy. It was her debut at the Gran Teatro del Liceu the following year as Fiordiligi in Cosi Fan tutte which brought her to international attention.  She debuted at the Metropolitan Opera as Mimi in 1991 and has appeared there in the role in many subsequent revivals.  She has been heard in this role in a new production at the Stuttgart Opera, as well as at the Hamburg State Opera, San Francisco Opera, Dallas Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin and at the Teatro Regio in Turin.  Her first Violetta took place at the Teatro de las Bellas Artes in Mexico City and was followed by appearances in the role with the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera Covent Garden, Gran Teatro del Liceu in Barcelona, Los Angeles Opera, the Chatélet in Paris, as well as in Hamburg, Bonn, San Francisco, Dallas and Houston.  Villarroel bowed to audiences at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires as Marguerite in Faust, debuted with the Houston Grand Opera as Antonia in Les contes d’Hoffmann.  She sang her first Liu in Turandot at Opéra de Lyon, where she has also sung Mimi.  Ms. Villarroel made her La Scala debut in 1992 in concert with Placido Domingo who has been her frequent partner in many concert performances and staged productions throughout the world.

Villarroel also opened the Metropolitan Opera’s 1999 season as Nedda in I pagliacci and also starred appeared in the Metropolitan Opera’s 2001/2002 season Opening Gala as Desdemona in Act III of Otello opposite Placido Domingo, conducted by James Levine.  She has returned several times to the Gran Teatre del Liceu for a variety of roles from Nedda in I pagliacci and Adalgisa in Norma. The artist has appeared frequently with the Washington Opera first as Luisa Miller and then in Il Guarany, Otello, I pagliacci, Don Carlos and Madama Butterfly and Manon Lescaut.  At the Los Angeles Opera she has been heard in I pagliacci, Faust, La traviata, and El Gato Montes opposite Domingo.  She has regularly returned to her native city of Santiago for most of the roles of her repertoire any of these roles and also for her debuts in the title roles of Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda.

The artist added the title role in Luisa Miller to her repertoire at Washington National Opera and in the summer of 1996 she made her debut with the Royal Opera Covent Garden in concert performances of Verdi’s Alzira.

Veronica Villarroel’s recordings include El Gato Montes opposite Placido Domingo for Deutsches Gramaphone and Gomes’ Il Guarany for SONY. She is also featured on the EMI’s Domingo Gala from Covent Garden, as well a the Covent Garden production of Il trovatore released on DVD by Opus Arte.  Ms. Villarroel has received many awards and honors from the Government of Chile in recognition of her distinguished career.  She is also the subject of the documentary, Veronica Villarroel: The Accidental Diva, which has been seen throughout the world.