Soprano Catalina Cuervo performs Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Great Opera Arias on March 1 and 3, 2024.
Colombian-American singer Catalina Cuervo, known internationally as the “Fiery Soprano”, was named one of the “Five Most Outstanding Colombian Sopranos in the World” by the Ministry of Culture of Colombia and was nominated for the prestigious Debora Arango Medal of Female Merit in her home city.
Ms. Cuervo represented the United States and Colombia as a finalist in the renowned international German competition Neue Stimmen, ranking among the top ten singers in the world. She also won the Chicago Division in the Classical Singer Magazine competition and was a finalist in New York for the same.
She holds the distinction of having performed the most productions by any singer of both Astor Piazzolla’s opera Maria de Buenos Aires and Frida by Robert X. Rodriguez in history. Consequently, she is considered one of the leading voices of Latin American Repertoire in the world. Ms. Cuervo has performed the role of Maria over Eighty times for numerous companies including New York City Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Arizona Opera, The Atlanta Opera and Cincinnati Opera, and many more. Recently, she brought her celebrated portrayal of this role to Theatro Municipal de São Paulo in Brazil, where it won Best Performance of 2021.
She has also been the leading performer of the title role in Frida nationwide after starring in the revival in 2015 with Michigan Opera Theater. Productions throughout the United States have seen sold-out shows and triumphant reviews, many naming Frida best opera of the season. Other operatic roles include Fiordiligi in Così Fan Tutte, Nedda in I Pagliacci, Magda in La Rondine, Mimi and Musetta in La bohème, Micaela in Carmen, Adriana in the Zarzuela Los Gavilanes and Amapola in La Leyenda del Beso.
On the concert platform, Ms. Cuervo recently debuted at Theatro Municipal de São Paulo with the Orchestra Municipal de São Paulo, Brazil; singing Manuel de Falla’s El Amor Brujo and The Three Cornered Hat. She has also performed with South Florida Symphony, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, New Mexico Philarmonic, The Atlanta Symphony, San Louis Symphony and Filarmonica de Medellin, among others.
Ms. Cuervo graduated with a Master’s in Music and Opera from Roosevelt University in Chicago. In addition to singing opera, she is also one of the leading voices of Symphonic Rock/Metal Music in Colombia.