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JESSICA GONZALEZ-RODRIGUEZ

Ms. Gonzalez-Rodriguez, Mexican-American Mezzo-Soprano, is known for her “warm tones and a lyrical upper range showed her voice to be flexible and easy to listen to” –Laurie D. Goldenhersh, LaurisList. A 2019 and 2020 Opera Buffs grant recipient, highlight engagements include the role of Frida Kahlo in Frida with the 2019 Opera Steamboat Summer Intensive, Prince Orlofsky in Vienna, Austria with the 2019 Vienna Summer Music Festival and as Marcellina with the 2018 Prague Summer Nights Festival, in collaboration with world-renowned tenor, Lawrence Brownlee and contralto, Rosalind Plowright. Recent engagements include The Abbess (Suor Angelica), Mercedes (Carmen), Orfeo (Orfeo ed Euridice), La Ciesca (Gianni Schicchi), Hansel (Hansel und Gretel), Olga (The Merry Widow), Siebel (Faust), Hippolyta (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Nancy (Albert Herring) in partnership with the LA Opera Britten/100 Celebration and Suor Dolcina (Suor Angelica) She can also be seen, as a singing student in Nickelodeon’s “Parental Discretion, Episode-Singing School.” 
Ms. Gonzalez-Rodriguez has been the recipient of several scholarships including for the 2019 Vienna Summer Music Festival, the 2019 Opera Steamboat Summer Intensive and the 2018 Prague Summer Nights Festival. Upcoming engagements include La Seconda Cercatrice (Suor Angelica, Virtual Production) with Valley Opera & Performing Arts, Little Buttercup (HMS Pinafore) with Lyric Opera of OC and the South Coast Symphony and Marcellina (Le Nozze di Figaro) with the 2021 International Summer Opera Festival of Morelia.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Mount Saint Mary’s College and a Master of Music degree from California State University, Los Angeles. With an avid dance background, she is currently part of Kamala Almanzar’s Dance Collective bellydance troupe. She is also a volunteer Community Educator with LA Opera and has been a member of the Santa Barbara Opera Chorus since 2018. She coaches with Douglas Sumi and studies voice under Reid Bruton.