American soprano Valerie Vinzant acclaimed by critics as “luminous” (New York Times) and "delectable" (Los Angeles Times) is a graduate of the Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program at the Los Angeles Opera.
This season includes role debuts as Celia in Mozart's Lucio Silla with Chicago Opera Theater and a return to Pacific MusicWorks production of Gluck's Orphée in the role of Amour.
Last season she returned to Chicago Opera Theater to star in Ricky Ian Gordon’s Orpheus and Euridice as Euridice, sang the role of Iris in Handel's Semele with Pacific MusicWorks, and returned to Long Beach Opera's acclaimed production of David Lang's Difficulty of Crossing a Field. She also made her international operatic debut at Mexico City's Palacio de Bellas Artes in Handel's Radamisto (Fraarte).
2012-13 brought triumphant returns to the roles of Agilea in Teseo with Philharmonia Baroque and Papagena in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte with Chicago Opera Theater. She also sang the role of Bellante in Handel’s Almira with the Boston Early Music Festival and Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance. 2011-2012, she joined Chicago Opera Theater in new productions of Moscow Cheryomushki and Handel's Teseo. Ms. Vinzant also sang the role of La Charmeuse in Massenet's Thais at Opera Company of Middlebury.
2010-2011 season highlights included the title role in Mozart’s opera Zaide with Musica Angelica, Lidochka (Moscow Cheryomushki) with Long Beach Opera, and Williamson Girl in David Lang’s new opera The Difficulty of Crossing a Field.
Her roles at LA Opera included Frasquita (Carmen), Papagena (Die Zauberflöte), Rosina in matinee performances of Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Maestro Michele Mariotti, Drossel (Die Vögel), Ginevra Scotti (Die Gezeichneten), along with covering the roles of Asteria in Handel's Tamerlano and Woglinde/Waldvögel in Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen.
She has appeared as a soloist with the L.A. Philharmonic in Esa-Pekka Salonen's Wing On Wing and with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Maestro James Conlon in Rigoletto.
Ms. Vinzant has been a Young Artist with Santa Fe Opera, Wolf Trap Opera Studio, Steans Institute at Ravinia, Chicago Opera Theater, and the Aspen Music Festival. She studied at Indiana University with her teacher Carol Vaness and earned her Bachelor degree at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.