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 Europe. Described as having a voice that is “elastic and luxurious…” (Ars Raving Mad), Linda began her 2018/19 season as an Apprentice Artist in Sarasota Opera’s Winter 2019 season singing the role of the Solo Handmaiden in Puccini's Turandot. She later went on to sing the role of María Magdalena in El Caminante de Nazaret, a new opera by Rafael Grullon, with the Mimesis Ensemble, was the mezzo-soprano soloist in Ben Yamolinsky's The Constitution with the Vertical Player Repertory Theater, covered the role of Prince Orlofsky in Strauss II's Die Fledermaus with Martina Arroyo's Prelude to Performance, and sang the roles of Vera Boronel and the Café Singer in Menotti's The Consul with Encompass New Opera Theater.
Linda has made appearances with the New York Lyric Opera Theater in roles including 3rd Spirit in Mozart’s The Magic Flute at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, and as an understudy of Hansel in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel at the Marc A. Scorca Hall at Opera America. She was also the cover for the role of Meg Page in Verdi's Falstaff with Martina Arroyo's Prelude to Performance in the Summer of 2018. Her roles performed with the Queens College Opera Theater and Arts Festival 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 also showcased her vocal versatility in her concert and recital 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, Voces Unidas, The Vertical Player Repertory Theater, and with pianist Pablo Zinger, who is recognized by Opera News as the “King of Zarzuela.” She recently performed in a concert showcasing all women composers at BAM Fisher with the Brooklyn Metro Chamber Orchestra.
Her recent awards include the Guida-LaCamera Encouragement Award from the Connecticut District of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, first prize in the Friday Woodmere Music Club’s Young Artist Competition and first prize in the Bronx Arts Ensemble Young Artist Competition.
Linda received her Bachelor of Music from The Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, where she met and worked with Sherry Overholt, who she still studies with today. 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.
In the Fall of 2019, Ms. Collazo will be singing as the mezzo-soprano soloist in a reprise of Ben Yarmolinsky's The Constitution with the Vertical Player Repertory Theater. She will also be a featured soloist with the Astoria Music Project and the Harrison Friends of the Opera in concerts showcasing compositions by women of color and Italian classics. In the Spring of 2020, Ms. Collazo will be a guest artist at the Queens College Opera Theater, playing the role of Zita in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi.
Linda is the co-founder of Voces Unidas, a Latinx opera group dedicated to showcasing the opera and art songs from their cultures.
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. She also holds Teaching Artist positions at the Professional Performance Arts School (PPAS) in Manhattan and at The Point C.D.C. in Hunts Point in the Bronx.