Voice, Violin, Piano
DMA University of North Texas in Progress
MM Manhattan School of Music
BM Oral Roberts University
A native of Vega Baja, P.R., soprano Camille Ortiz-Lafont is equally at ease on the opera and concert stage. Ms. Ortiz-Lafont completed her Master’s degree at Manhattan School of Music. She has appeared as Antonia in Hoffmann at UNT Opera, Lucia (Rape of Lucretia) at MSM, Blondchen (Die Entführung) for the Martina Arroyo Role Learning Class, Oscar (Ballo) for Prelude to Performance, Fire/Nightingale (L’enfant) for Coópera: Project Opera of Manhattan, Susan Hoerschner (Clarence and Anita) for the Center of Contemporary Opera, Adina, Norina, and Musetta for Centro Studi Lirica in Italy, as Frasquita with Dell’Arte Opera. Ms. Ortiz-Lafont has been a participant of Festival of Interpretation of Spanish Song in Granada, Spain, where she studied with acclaimed mezzo-soprano Teresa Berganza, and completed Italian studies at the Scuola di Leonardo da Vinci in Rome. She acquired her Bachelor’s degree (summa cum laude) from Oral Roberts University where she double-majored in voice and violin, and is a graduate of the pre-college division of the Puerto Rico Conservatory. Ms. Ortiz-Lafont has appeared in venues such as the Sala Manuel de Falla in Granada, Spain, the Carlos Chávez Hall of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico, D.F., the Zoellner Arts Center in Bethlehem, PA, and in New York City in venues such as Avery Fischer Hall at the Lincoln Center, the Heckscher Theater at El Museo del Barrio, Steinway Hall, The Kaye Playhouse, the America’s Society, the Museum of the City of New York (for Música de Cámara), among others, as well as on national television broadcast network Telemundo. She has graced audiences singing the National Anthem at the Barclays Center on HBO live and at the Brooklyn Courthouse for Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez’s re-swearing ceremony. She is the winner of the Gerda Lissner Foundation 2008 Encouragement Award and a finalist in both the Liederkranz 2009 competition, lieder division, and the Sergei and Olga Koussevitzky 2010 Young Artists Competition. She also served in 2010-2011 as Artistic Director of Opera Hispánica, the first New York opera company given to Spanish and Latin-American repertoire, for which she appeared as Matilde in their original production of “Soneto de Amor y Muerte”, which she co-created and co-directed. Being also an accomplished violinist, she went on a tour to Accra, Ghana in West Africa for a 2012 Christmas concert for the Golden Earth Foundation. For six years she was organist/cantor and music director at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in the Bronx, NY and has appeared numerous times with the Zipoli Ensemble, a sacred music ensemble given to the performing of baroque music from Latin-America. She has recently appeared as featured artist of the “Buena Gente” section of El Diario NY.
Recent engagements include her Carnegie Hall debut as the soprano soloist for Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living; the soprano solo in John Rutter’s Mass of the Children under Rutter’s baton, and Gilda (cover) in Rigoletto for the Greek Opera Studio with the Festival of the Aegean in Syros, Greece; and Musetta in La bohème as well as art song concerts for the Berlin Opera Studio with the Festival junger Künstler Bayreuth, Germany. She is currently pursuing a DMA at University of North-Texas.
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