Outstanding Chilean sopranos at Teatro del Lago

On Thursday, February 18 at 6:00 p.m., the “Teatro del Lago Session: Grandes Chilenas de la Lírica” will be held. will bring together the sopranos: Verónica Villarroel, Cristina Gallardo-Domâs and Yaritza Véliz.
The meeting will be free, via zoom with prior registration at www.teatrodellago.cl.


On Thursday 18 at 18:00 hours, the “Teatro del Lago Session: Great Chilean women in opera” ​​will be held free of charge and via Zoom. The sopranos: Verónica Villarroel, Cristina Gallardo-Domâs and Yaritza Véliz, -who have had an important career both in our country and abroad, will talk with Juan Antonio Muñoz, an expert and opera critic, about their beginnings, encounters and misunderstandings of one of the most demanding careers in the artistic world.


Verónica Villarroel is one of the most prestigious lyrical singers in the world. In 1990 she sings for the first time with Plácido Domingo in Santiago de Chile, and since then they have made countless operas, concerts and recordings all over the world. She debuted in the role of Cio Cio San in Hamamatsu, Japan, in a Robert Wilson production. Two years later she was the first foreigner to sing it at the New National Theatre in Tokyo. From then on she is the role with which she identifies the most and with which she has won ovations with the standing public at each performance in all the theaters where she has sung it. Her talent and great versatility have allowed her to interpret more than thirty different roles in the most appreciated titles of world lyric, such as Madama Butterfly, La Bohème, Turandot, Carmen, Mefistofele, Manon Lescaut, Cosi Fan Tutte, La Traviata, Don Carlo, Il Trovatore, Simon Boccanegra, Jerusalem, Otello and La Battaglia di Legnano, among others.


Villarroel has performed on the most important stages in the world: the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, Covent Garden in London, La Scala in Milan, the Royal Theater in Madrid, the Liceu Theater in Barcelona, ​​the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse, the Gran Monte Carlo Theater, the Kennedy Center, in Washington DC, among others. In 2010 she inaugurated Teatro del Lago in Frutillar, Chile, in a concert as a soloist and also in a gala with Paquito D´Rivera.



Cristina Gallardo Dômas, began her career in 1990 as Madama Butterfly at Municipal de Santiago Theatre and made her debut in Europe in 1993 as Suor Angelica, at the Spoleto Festival and in 1994 at the Scala in Milan with Magda de La Rondine. Her interpretation of Suor Angelica at the Cologne Opera is unanimously applauded on the greatest international stages: Scala in Milan, Metropolitan in New York, Covent Garden in London, Opera in Vienna, Opera in Paris, Berlin, Valencia, to name a few. She has performed in important festivals such as: Salzburg, Canarias, Ravinia (USA), Munich, Zurich, Duvrovnik, Guanajuato (Mexico), Perelada and Santander (Spain).


Cristina regularly offers master classes at different universities and institutions in Europe and America. She collaborated with the “Placido Domingo Perfection Center” of the Palau Les Arts in Valencia (Spain) and was Director of the Opera Campus held at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain) in 2009 and of the Lyrical Campus of Teatro del Lago de Frutillar (Chile) in 2014 and 2015. In 2017 she was a visiting teacher in the Intensive Opera Program of the Berklee University-Boston Conservatory.



Yaritza Véliz is the first Chilean and Latin American to enter the prestigious Jette Parker Young Artist programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (2018-2020). She joined the show in September 2018 and made her Royal Opera debut in the 2018/19 season as Barbarina Le Nozze di Figaro. In the 2019/20 season she sang Papagena Die Zauberflöte; Jano Jenufa and Daniel Susanna.


She was the winner of the first version of the Women in Music Contest organized by the Chilean chapter of the National Museum of Woman in the Arts in Washington DC. In 2020 Yaritza was awarded the 3rd Prize in the Francisco Viñas Contest at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, ​​she also received the French Opera prize and the Royal Theatre prize in Madrid. She recently won the first female grand prize at the New York Premier Opera Foundation International Competition. She has performed concerts in Washington DC, New York and in the Crush Room at the Royal Opera House.


Her future engagements include her debut at the National Theatre in Prague; for the Glyndebourne Festival in a major role in a new production; also in the role of Mimi in La Bohéme at the Verbier Festival; and her debut with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerische Runfunks and Sir John Eliot Gardiner, at the Don Carlos opera in Munich. She will also be part of the “Creaciones Bajo Contagio” project by Teatro del Lago, to premiere in March of this year.



The appointment for “Session Theater of the Lake: Great Chileans of the lyric”, is for this Thursday, February 18 at 6:00 p.m. and the registration is through www.teatrodellago.cl.