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.