Soprano Vanessa Salaz will grace the stage at the Arizona Senior Academy on Tuesday (April 16), performing favorite arias of Puccini and Mozart and songs of Liszt, Schubert, Rachmaninoff and Obradors. Her performance begins at 11:30 a.m., and she will be accompanied by pianist Raymond Ryder.
Following a decade of performing opera around the world, Salaz has returned to her hometown of Tucson. Recent performances include the Countess in Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro” with the Connecticut Grand Opera; Donna Anna in Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” with the Festival Lyrique en Mer in Belle Ile, France, and Donna Elvira in “Don Giovanni” with Opera in the Heights in Houston, TX.
Her Carnegie Hall debut in 2001 resulted from her first place finish in the prestigious National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Award. She went on to appear as soloist in Ravel’s “Sheherazade,” Haydn’s “The Seasons,” Bach’s “Christmas Oratorio,” Mendelssohn’s “Elijah” and Mozart’s “Exsultate Jubilate.” Salaz’s performance in the Tucson Symphony Orchestra’s “Christmas at the Mission” was nationally broadcast on PBS.
Salaz earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees in music at the University of Arizona, studying with Professor Charles Roe. She then earned a Professional Studies Certificate from the Manhattan School of Music under Patricia McCaffrey and Warren Jones.
Since returning to Tucson, Salaz has become involved in teaching with TUSD’s Opening Minds through the Arts (OMA) program. She brings arts integrated lessons into elementary schools and loves doing this important work with children.
Submitted by Leslie Nitzberg, Academy Village Volunteer