Denis Vélez


Ryan Opera Center Ensemble

Denis Vélez is sponsored by The C.G. Pinnell Family.

Second-year Ryan Opera Center soprano Denis Vélez, from Puebla, Mexico, was a national winner of the Metropolitan Opera Eric and Dominique Laffont Competition in 2020. In the National Singing Contest Carlo Morelli (whose previous winners include renowned Mexican singers Ramón Vargas, Rolando Villazón and Javier Camarena), her performance earned her the First Prize, the French Opera Award and the Francisco Araiza Special Award. Vélez’s repertoire includes the Countess and Susanna/The Marriage of Figaro, Bastienne/Bastien und Bastienne, Fiordiligi/Così fan tutte, Adina/The Elixir of Love, and Mimì/La bohème. Prior to her arrival in Chicago, she was a member of the National Opera Chorus at Mexico City’s Palacio de Bellas Artes, and she holds a bachelor’s degree in operatic singing from Mexico’s Superior School of Music. Last spring she sang in the Harris Theater’s Beyond the Aria series alongside Joyce DiDonato.

The soprano appeared in Lyric’s 2020/21 virtual programs Pasión Latina, Sole e Amore, Magical Music Around the World, and Rising Stars in Concert.

For the 2021/22 season, Vélez sings in Sunday in the Park with Lyric’s Rising Stars and as the Third Apparition/Macbeth, Giannetta/The Elixir of Love, and Papagena/The Magic Flute.