Praised for her “blinding brilliance,” Canadian Soprano Andrea Núñez is establishing herself as a versatile young artist.
Upcoming this season, Andrea makes her house debut at Pacific Opera Victoria, singing Frasquita in their production of Bizet’s Carmen, returns to Toronto Operetta Theatre for Adele in Die Fledermaus, and looks forward to debuting Juliette in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette. She recently completed a residency at National Sawdust, working with celebrated librettist Royce Vavrek and composer Vivian Fung on a cycle of songs centred on her identity and experiences as a multi-racial Canadian, supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.
In 21⁄22, Andrea opened Opéra de Montréal’s season with a double bill of Vaughn-Williams’ Riders to the Sea and Labrosse’s Flambeau de la nuit. She rejoined the company for their celebrated production of Barrie Kosky’s Mozart’s The Magic Flute as First Lady. The season also saw a rescheduling of Toronto Operetta Theatre’s A Waltz Dream, with Núñez in the lead role of Princess Helene.
Ms. Núñez is an alumna of l’Atelier Lyrique de l’Opera de Montréal, where she performed the roles of the Page in Rigoletto, Woglinde in Das Rheingold, and Alice B. Toklas in Ricky Ian Gordon’s 27. She also performed the roles of the Governess in The Turn of the Screw in collaboration with the Orchestre de l’Agora and Giulia in La Scala di seta in collaboration with the Orchestre symphonique de la Vallée-du-Haut-Saint-Laurent.
In 2018, Ms. Núñez returned to Opera Theatre of Saint Louis for her second year as a Gerdine Young Artist and was a recipient of a Richard Gaddes Career Award. That season, she went on to create the role of Pvt. Sonia Gonzalez in the world premier of Huang Ruo & David Henry Hwang’s An American Soldier. During her first year at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Ms. Núñez performed the role of Butterfly’s Cousin in Madame Butterfly and she covered the role of Rosasharn in Ricky Ian Gordon’s The Grapes of Wrath.
Ms. Núñez, cover artist for the role of Fiakermilli in the Canadian Opera Company’s production of Arabella, is an alumnus of the Calgary Opera Emerging Artist Program where she performed the roles of Ellen in Lakmé, Le Feu and Le Rossignol in L’enfant et les sortilèges, and Papagena in Die Zauberflöte. She also covered the title role in Lakmé and the Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte.
In June 2015, Ms. Núñez joined the Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Artist Program where she had her American debut as Monterone’s Daughter/Page in Rigoletto. She also created the role of Laura in the world premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain. In Canada that season, she toured Ontario and Quebec performing the role of Norina in Don Pasquale as part of the Jeunesses Musicales Canada Emerging Artist Tour. Along with her many operatic credits, Ms. Núñez has also performed concert works with the Pax Christi Chorale, the Toronto Mozart Players, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
A participant in many national and international competitions, Ms. Núñez represented Canada at the Queen Sonja International Music Competition in Norway, was a semi-finalist at the Voix Nouvelles competition in Massy, France and a District Finalist (Buffalo/Toronto District) at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She received the Roberta Peters Award from the George London Foundation, won the Toronto Mozart Project Vocal Competition, is a Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyrique Laureate, and a finalist in the Canadian Opera Company’s Centre Stage Competition.
Ms. Núñez completed her Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance at the University of Western Ontario under the tutelage of Jackalyn Short, then went on to complete her Master of Music in Opera Performance at the University of Toronto under the instruction of Nathalie Paulin. She currently studies with Ariane Girard in Montréal. An artist with many facets, she has 11 years of dance training in various styles including ballet, jazz, tap, and lyrical. She is of Peruvian and Chinese heritage and is fluent in Spanish.