First-year Ryan Opera Center soprano Denis Vélez, from Puebla, Mexico, holds a bachelor’s degree in operatic singing from Mexico’s Superior School of Music. In 2020, she was a national winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. in Mexico’s most important platform for rising talent, the National Singing Contest Carlo Morelli (where internationally renowned Mexican singers such as Ramón Vargas, Rolando Villazón and Javier Camarena have been previous winners), her performance earned her the First Prize, the French Opera Award and the Francisco Araiza Special Award, resulting in a scholarship for a week of master classes with Prof. Kammersänger Araiza. Vélez has participated in masterclasses with Mexican tenors Francisco Araiza and Ramón Vargas and American tenor Michael Sylvester. She has worked with distinguished opera coaches Ted Taylor and Andrés Sarré. Her 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. Since 2018, Vélez has been an active member of Mexico’s National Opera Chorus at Mexico City’s Palacio de Bellas Artes.