Soprano. Anna Sorensen in Silent Night.
Raquel is a familiar face at WNO; she graduated from the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program in 2017 where she performed the roles of Donna Anna in Don Giovanni and Cio-Cio San in the DCYA performance of Madame Butterfly. She returns for her role debut as Anna Sørensen after a successful season as Tatiana in Lyric Opera of Kansas City’s Eugene Onegin and Violetta in Cincinnati’s Queen City Opera production of La traviata.
Critics hail Raquel as a “true artist” (Opera News) and a “marvel of voice and stage” (KC Metropoolis).
Read our Q&A with Raquel to learn about her first transformative musical experience and how she discovered she loved opera.
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Tenor. Alfredo Germont in La traviata.
Joshua is a graduate of University of California at Los Angeles.
Making his WNO and role debut as Alfredo, Joshua has performed roles ranging from Greenhorn in Moby-Dick at LA Opera to Macduff in Zurich Opera House’s Macbeth. He’s a winner of two awards at Operalia 2014 and an alumnus of the Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program at LA Opera.
Whether he’s singing the National Anthem at Dodger Stadium or performing at the world’s top opera houses, the “gifted young tenor” (New York Times) continues to see a skyrocketing career.
Fun fact: Before pursuing opera, Joshua worked as a singing gondolier in Las Vegas.
Watch Joshua’s award-winning performance of “Torna ai Felicia di” from Le villi:
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Baritone. Giorgio Germont in La traviata.
Hailing from Raleigh, N.C., Lucas studied at Appalachian State University, the Eastman School of Music, and Yale University before becoming an Adler Fellow with the San Francisco Opera.
Lucas’s “earnest appealing baritone” (New York Times) has led him to the world’s most important opera stages, from the Metropolitan Opera to San Francisco Opera and Royal Opera. He appeared as Figaro in LA Opera’s Grammy Award®–winning recording of The Ghosts of Versailles.
For his WNO debut, Lucas portrays Alfredo’s hardheaded but loving father.
“My favorite moment of La traviata is Violetta and Germont’s duet,” Lucas told WNO. “Germont decides to judge Violetta on the substance of her character rather than her occupation.”
Fun fact: Lucas gives helpful advice for singing in Italian, creating a vocal game plan, navigating stage romance etiquette, and more in his personal blog!
Listen to Lucas sing some of his highest notes in these arias:
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Soprano. Violetta Valéry in La traviata.
Hailed as “the new voice of Russia,” Venera has performed for opera houses around the world. But with this performance she’ll mark her WNO debut.
The soprano was born in Kazan, Russia and studied at Bolshoi Theatre’s young artist program, where she now performs as a company member.
Venera is no stranger to the role of the ill-fated Violetta—she’s portrayed it to great acclaim at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, LA Philharmonic, and Glyndebourne. Describing her performance as Violetta, the Guardian said Venera is “a soprano of huge presence, compelling to watch, with a voice of thrilling security and range.”
Venera hopes the story of La traviata will touch many people.
“My wish is that audiences will leave believing there is purity in sacrifices, power in feelings, truth in love,” Venera told WNO. “We are stronger if we live by these principles.”
Watch Venera perform La traviata’s famous brindisi drinking song:
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