Soprano Eglise Gutiérrez, receiving acclaim as “one of opera’s next wave” from Opera News for her portrayals of Bel Canto opera’s preeminent leading ladies, has performed at some of the world’s most prestigious opera houses. Gaining notoriety for her performance of the lead role of Gilda in Verdi’s Rigoletto, Opera News hailed: “Most enjoyable of all was the Gilda of Eglise Gutiérrez. Gutiérrez possesses a lovely lyric soprano, graced with notable warmth and body, and plenty of creamily-rounded tone in the middle register. ‘Caro nome’ was enchanting, with trills absolutely in place, and her delicately floated top commanded attention even when Ravinia’s notorious train flew noisily by during the cadenza. She also created a credibly modest, feminine character, and was quite comely onstage in a glittering crinoline of virginal white.” Gutiérrez has performed Gilda on stages throughout the world, such as Semperoper Dresden, Opernhaus Zürich, Hamburgische Staatsoper and Teatro dell’Opera di Roma. This season, she reprises this role with Ash Lawn Opera, Opera Grand Rapids, Toledo Opera, and Opera Carolina. Additionally, she returns to Florida Grand Opera as Euridice in their production of Gluck’s Orfeo.
Also renowned for her interpretation of Amina in La sonnambula, Ms. Gutiérrez regularly performs the role on domestic and international stages including The Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, Carnegie Hall, and Michigan Opera Theatre, under the direction of Renata Scotto and the baton of Maestro Richard Bonynge. Of her performance at Carnegie Hall, The New York Times lauded, “a wonderfully nuanced portrayal of Amina… Vulnerable and sweetly innocent, she sang (often in a stratospherically high range) with graceful phrasing and dynamic control.”
Previous seasons have seen Ms. Gutiérrez performing such roles as the title role in Thaïs with Florida Grand Opera; all four heroines in Les contes d’Hoffmann with Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona; and La fée in Cendrillon at The Royal Opera House Covent Garden, La Monnaie Brussels, and L’Opéra Comique in Paris. Other previous engagements include Norina in Don Pasquale with Cincinnati Opera and Elvira in I puritani at Teatro Real Madrid, Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, Greek National Opera, Seattle Opera, and The Metropolitan Opera.
She made her début at The Royal Opera House Covent Garden in the title role of Linda di Chammonix, under the baton of Sir Mark Elder, which was recorded and distributed by Opera Rara. Later that season, Ms. Gutiérrez performed La Fée in Massenet’s Cendrillon with Joyce DiDonato and under the baton of Bertand de Billy. Following her successes in London, she made her Puerto Rican début in concert performing with Lawrence Brownlee. She then made her Deutsche Oper Berlin début in the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor, which led to subsequent engagements with Florida Grand Opera, Vancouver Opera, Savonlinna Opera Festival, and Teatro Colón Buenos Aires.
Ms. Gutiérrez regularly headlines at concert halls throughout the United States and Europe. She made her Carnegie Hall début as the soprano soloist in Mozart’s Requiem and John Rutter’s Requiem under the baton of John Rutter. She also appeared in concert in Prague, Cannes, Finland, Miami, and with the Ravinia Festival, performing with James Conlon and Dmitri Hvorostovsky. She joined tenor Andrea Bocelli on his tour throughout the United States, performing in such cities as New York City, Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago, and San Francisco, under the musical direction of Steven Mercurio and Eugene Kohn. Recently, she performed a concert entitled “Art, Poetry, Music” with Opera Carolina.
A three-time recipient of the Gerda Lissner Foundation Grant, Eglise Gutiérrez earned many accolades, including first prize in the International Mirjam Helin Competition in Helsinki; winner of the Montserrat Caballé International Opera Competition; first place in the Marian Anderson Opera Competition; second place in the Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation Opera Competition; and first place in the Giargirai Bel Canto Opera Competition.