Nadia Benavidez

Mezzo-soprano Nadia Benavidez, a native of Duluth, Minnesota, was a Resident Artist with Minnesota Opera for the 2016-2018 seasons singing the roles of Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro, Maddalena in Rigoletto, Sister Lillianne in Dead Man Walking, Albine in Thaïs, Gertrude in Romeo et Juliette and Chloe in L’arbore di Diana. Nadia was also an alumna of Minnesota Opera’s Project Opera.

Other appearances have been in the production of Carmen at Mill City Opera where she sang the role of Mercedes and covered the role of Carmen.

Nadia has been an Apprentice Artist with many prestigious houses such as Santa Fe Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Wolf Trap Opera and Ohio Light Opera.

Nadia received her Masters of Music from Rice University, where she performed the leading role Hänsel in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel, Melantho in Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria and Hippolyta in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She received her Bachelor of Music degree at the Eastman School of Music, where she sang the roles of Madame de Croissy in Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites, Mrs. Jones in Weill’s Street Scene and Medoro in Handel’s Orlando. 

Previous credits for her concert work include the Bach Magnificat with the Rice Chorale and the Brahms Alto Rhapsody with the Eastman Symphony Orchestra and Rochester Chorus.


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