Vanessa Rodriguez, Soprano
Vanessa began singing at age 3 in her home town church in Far Rockaway, NY. As a teen, she joined the gospel choir at Brian Picollo Intermediate School where she was encouraged to audition at the prestigious Fiorello H. Laguardia High School for the Performing Arts. Her family moved to Florida during her high school years, yet her love for singing led her to the University of South Florida where she earned a degree in Music Education.
Vanessa has performed as the featured soloist for sacred works in parishes across the Tampa Bay Area, was voted "Saint Petersburg Opera Idol” in 2012 and has become a regular performer for local opera companies such as: Opera Tampa, St. Petersburg Opera, South Florida Lyric Opera and the Spanish Lyric Theater. In July of 2012, Vanessa was delighted to have been selected as an Opera Tampa singer, regularly performing in outreach events, galas and concerts around the bay area. She is also very proud to have been the national anthem singer for the Tampa Bay Lightning games for the 2013 - 2017 seasons.
In 2015, Vanessa made her lead debut on the Hubbard Hall Opera stage in New York, playing the role of "Angelina" in "Trial by Jury". She played the role of Despina with Florida Opera Theater, the same year and played the role again the following year with Opera Tampa. Starting off 2020, she played the role of Frasquita in Opera Tampa's production of Carmen.
Vanessa shares her passion for singing with her students; cultivating a love for the arts through dedication, encouragement and persistence.
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O Holy Night by Adolphe Adam
Pianist, Brent Douglas