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Cuban-American soprano Betsy Diaz just completed her second summer as a Bonfils- Stanton Foundation Apprentice Artist at Central City Opera where she covered the role of Leonora in Verdi’s Il Trovatore. Before that, Ms. Diaz was seen singing the role of Micaela in Carmen with Central City Opera as part of the Bonfils- Stanton Foundation Apprentice Artist Program. Previously Ms. Diaz sang Liu in Turandot with Opera Naples where her “vocal megawatts could light the entire hall, and her control [was] impeccable.” Prior to that, Ms. Diaz sang Mimi in the Miami Music Festival's production of La boheme where “she imbued Mimi’s Act III narrative with a deep sense of despair and captured the poignant underpinnings of her “Addio” and death scene to striking effect.” In early 2017, Ms. Diaz was a Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and a Semi- finalist in the YPO/ Florida Grand Opera Vocal Competition. She also won second place in the St. Petersburg Opera Guild Competition in 2016.
In 2015 Ms. Diaz sang the role of Donna Anna in the Miami Music Festival's production of Don Giovanni where she received "applause and shouts of " Brava " for her poignant performance and powerful voice that can also be sweet and velvety." While at the Miami Music Festival, Ms. Diaz stepped in last minute for an indisposed Deborah Voigt in the festival's Opening Concert where "she scaled the heights of “Dich, teure Halle” from Wagner’s Tannhauser and conveyed the passion of Sieglinde’s “Du bist der Lenz” from Die Walküre in lustrous tones, the voice clear and secure."
Prior to that, Ms. Diaz completed her second year as a Florida Grand Opera Young Artist where she sang the roles of The Foreign Woman in The Consul and Anna in Nabucco. The soprano has performed with the Symphony of the Americas, the Miami Symphony Orchestra, the Concert Association of Florida, and has appeared as a guest artist with the Mainly Mozart Festival in Miami and the Miami International Piano Festival. The Miami native was a Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and a prize winner in the Palm Beach Opera competition and Florida Suncoast Opera Guild competition.