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Biography

Born and raised in Queens, NY, Ms. Rodriguez developed an affinity for singing gospel music from a young age. She continued to sing in church and school choirs and was accepted into Fiorello H. Laguardia High School for Performing Arts in Manhattan. Unfortunately, her father retired and moved the whole family to Florida during her sophmore year.

 

Determined to pursue a career in music, Ms. Rodriguez obtained a Bachelors of Science in Music Education at the University of South Florida, where she studied voice under the guidance of Dr. Warren Jaworski. It was here at the university that she performed her first role as Despina in Cosi fan tutte and was bitten by the performance bug! In the summer of 2011, she performed the role of Frasquita in Carmen under the direction of renowned director Tito Capobianco in Opera Tampa’s Voice Experience program. The following year, Ms. Rodriguez was selected as one of Opera Tampa’s New Artists performing in and around the city with 12 other artists at promotional events and opera outreach programs. She can also be seen performing the national anthem at the Tampa Bay Lightning games held at the Times Forum in downtown Tampa.

 

Within the oratorio repertoire, Ms. Rodriguez has performed as the soprano soloist in: Messiah by Handel at The Church of the Isles in Clearwater, FL, Bach’s Magnificat and the Poulenc Gloria with St. Peter’s Church in St. Petersburg, FL .

 

In the Spring of 2012, Ms. Rodriguez was voted "Saint Petersburg Opera Idol” leading to several performance opportunities with St. Petersburg Opera. She appeared in Carmen as a cigarette girl, Sally in Die Fledermaus, a high priestess dancer in Samson and Delilah, covered Barbarina in the Marriage of Figaro, was a featured soloist in Seasonal Sparkle 2012 (SPO’s Holiday Concert) and performed the role of Echo in St. Petersburg Opera’s 2013 summer production of Ariadne auf Naxos. In the summer of the same year, Ms. Rodriguez covered Rosina in Rossini's Barber of Seville and debuted with Hubbard Hall Opera as Angelina in Trial by Jury by G&S.

 

In March of 2014, she covered the role of Frasquita in Opera Tampa's production of Carmen by Bizet under the baton of Maestro Daniel Lipton. October 2014, she performed the role of Belinda in Dido and Aeneas with the South Florida Lyric Opera Company. She played the saucy Despina in Florida Opera Theater's production of Cosi fan Tutte at the new Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Orlando; March of 2015. In the summer of that same year, Ms. Rodriguez debuted in the musical theater genre as Maria in Four Guys Named Jose and Una Mujer Named Maria with the Spanish Lyric Theater in Ybor City. In November 2015, she debuted with Winter Opera St. Louis as Elsie Maynard in Gilbert & Sullivan's Yeoman of the Guard and she was delighted to return to Florida Opera Theater to perform in Terrence McNally's Maria Callas Master Class in the same month. In March of 2016, she performed the title role: Ascension in her first full Zarzuela production: La del Monojo de Rosas by Pablo Sorozabal with the Spanish Lyric Theater. 

Recent roles include Lucy in The Telephone with South Florida Lyric Opera, Maria in West Side Story with Southwestern Suburban Symphony and Barbarina in The Marriage of Figaro with Opera Tampa.

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