Audiences throughout the U.S. have heard Ecuadorian and Puerto-Rican Mezzo-Soprano Linda Collazo at venues including Carnegie Hall, the United Nations, Lincoln Center, the United Palace Theater, and Repertorio Español, as well as in theaters throughout Italy. Described as having a voice that is “elastic and luxurious…” (Ars Raving Mad), Linda won an encouragement award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Connecticut District in 2019 and was a soloist with the Metropolitan Opera Guild in 2020. She was a finalist in the Canto Latinx Cyber Challenge in 2021 as well as the Grand Concours Competition that was cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19. She is also the winner of the Bronx Arts Ensemble and Woodmere Competitions. Her most recent recital with Pablo Zinger and the Eurasia Festival in 2021 was well received with her voice being described as, "admirable [with] evenness of tone throughout her range, which is a wide one" (Voce di Meche) and was recounted as "demonstrat[ing] mastery" (Impacto Latino). Future engagements include covering the role of Lola in New Camerata Opera's production of Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana and performing as a soloist at Bargemusic with renowned jazz bass trombonist and composer David Taylor.
Linda Collazo was set to perform as Zita in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi with the Queens College Opera Theater before the performance was cancelled due to COVID-19. She was also set to perform with the Utah Festival of Opera and Musical Theater as the 2nd lady (cover) in Mozart's The Magic Flute and The Beggar Woman (cover) in Sweeney Todd in the Summer of 2020. Linda's other roles include Meg Page (cover) in Verdi's Falstaff, and Orlofsky (cover) in Die Fledermaus with Martina Arroyo's Prelude to Performance. As an Apprentice Artist with Sarasota Opera, Linda sang as the Solo Handmaiden in Puccini's Turandot in 2019. That same year, she played the lead role of María Magdalena in El Caminante de Nazaret, a new opera by Rafael Grullon, with the Mimesis Ensemble, and was the mezzo-soprano soloist in Ben Yamolinsky's The Constitution with the Vertical Player Repertory Theater, and sang the roles of Vera Boronel and the Café Singer in Menotti's The Consul with Encompass New Opera Theater. Linda has also performed as the 3rd Spirit in The Magic Flute and Hansel in Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel with the New York Lyric Opera Theater at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. The roles that Linda performed with the Queens College Opera Theater and Arts Festival as a student include Orlofsky, Cherubino in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, and Dinah in Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti. Linda made her Italian operatic debut as La Cesca in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi with Si parla, si canta and Centro Studi Italiani in 2017.
In addition to her operatic career, Ms. Collazo has showcased her vocal versatility in her concert, recital, and educational outreach work. She has performed as a soloist in Vivaldi’s Gloria, Mozart’s Alma Dei Creatoris and Requiem, Frank London’s 1001 Voices, Bernstein’s Songfest and Symphony no. 1: Jeremiah, and Handel’s Messiah with various orchestras and ensembles throughout New York City. Linda has also performed in recitals and galas showcasing Spanish opera, zarzuela, art song, popular song, and baroque music with the Mimesis Ensemble, Cantanti Project, The Vertical Player Repertory Theater, and with pianist Pablo Zinger, who is recognized by Opera News as the “King of Zarzuela.” She has also sung as a soloist at BAM Fisher with the Brooklyn Metro Chamber Orchestra, as well as at Times Square’s Anita’s Way, where Linda performed excerpts from Bizet’s Carmen, with the New Camerata Opera in their outdoor Masquerade concert during COVID-19. Virtually, Ms. Collazo has performed concerts for Princeton University, The Bronx Arts Ensemble, Queens College, The Christman Opera Company, Vertical Player Repertory Theater, and The New Camerata Opera throughout the course of the 2020 pandemic.
Linda received her Bachelor of Music from The Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. Ms. Collazo was a CUNY Macaulay Honors Scholar, Richard and Mica Hadar Foundation Scholar, and the recipient of several prestigious awards including the Jane and Paul Smaldone Memorial Scholarship, the Helene B. Giudice Award, the Erik Horlick Memorial Award, and The Claire Bartels Freshman Award.
Finally, in her spare time, Ms. Collazo enjoys giving back to her community in the South Bronx by teaching voice and piano in her private studio both virtually and in-person. She also holds a Teaching Artist position at The Point C.D.C. in Hunts Point in the Bronx, which offers free arts-education classes to Bronx youth.