Cecilia Duarte

A soloist in the Grammy Winner album Duruflé: The Complete Choral Works, Cecilia has been

praised by The New York Times as “A creamy voiced mezzo-soprano.”


Born in Chihuahua, Mexico, Cecilia is a versatile singer that has performed around the world

singing a variety of music styles, especially early and contemporary music.


Cecilia has been greatly recognized for creating the role of Renata in the first Mariachi Opera

Cruzar la Cara de la Luna with the famous Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, commissioned by

Houston Grand Opera in 2010. Cecilia has taken this opera to stages such as the Houston

Grand Opera (2013, 2018); Châtelet Theatre in Paris, France; Chicago Lyric Opera, San Diego

Opera, Arizona Opera, The Fort Worth Opera, Teatro Nacional Sucre, in Quito, Ecuador, New

York City Opera, and El Paso Opera. Since then, Cecilia has created other roles for world

premieres of chamber operas and new works, such as Jessie Lydell in A Coffin in Egypt, (HGO

and the Wallis Annenberg Center in L.A.); Gracie in A Way Home (HGO and Opera Southwest);

Harriet/First Responder in After the Storm (HGO); Alicia in Some Light Emerges (HGO); and

Alma in “Boundless,” the first episode of Houston Grand Opera’s web opera series

Star-cross’d, which received a Telly Award.


Operatic roles include Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Loma Williams in Cold Sassy Tree, Isabella in

Rapaccini’s Daughter, Sarelda in The Inspector, Tituba in The Crucible, and Maria in Maria de

Buenos Aires, among others. Cecilia also premiered the prequel to Cruzar la Cara de la Luna,

reprising the role of Renata in the world premiere of El Milagro del Recuerdo, with Houston

Grand Opera (2019) and Arizona Opera (2021).

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