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Brenda Iglesias

Assistant Professor of Voice

Music

Background

Mexican mezzo-soprano Brenda Iglesias is an emerging artist, in demand for concert, opera and recital engagements. She has performed as a soloist in distinguished venues in Mexico, Czech Republic and the United States, including the Palacio de Bellas Artes and Centro Nacional de las Artes in Mexico City; Teatro Degollado in Guadalajara; the Liechtenstein Palace and Estates Theater in Prague; and the Cincinnati Music Hall in Ohio. Ms. Iglesias has sung professionally with companies such as the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Opera, Opera Fusion: New Works, Orquesta Sinfónica Carlos Chávez, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de México, Orquesta Filarmónica de la UNAM, Orquesta Filarmónica de la Ciudad de México, and Orquesta Sinfónica de la UAEH, as well as collaborated with celebrated conductors Louis Langrée, James Burton, José Luis Castillo, and Eduardo García Barrios. Some of her operatic credits include Sesto in La Clemenza di Tito, Drittte dame in Die Zauberflöte, Zia Principessa in Suor Angelica, La bergère, Chouette and Maman in L'enfant et les sortilèges, and Dr. Muriel Landeau in Awakenings. Concert performance highlights include the solos in Brahms’s Alto Rhapsody, Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder and Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky, De Falla's El Amor brujo, Bach’s St. John Passion, Mozart's Requiem, Haydn's Misa in tempore belli, and Vivaldi’s Dixit Dominus. A committed artist with a distinctive voice, Ms. Iglesias has been awarded prizes at the renowned Mexican competition “Concurso Nacional de Canto Carlo Morelli”, the Alltech Vocal Scholarship Competition, and has won several artistic fellowships and grants from Mexico's National Fund for Culture and the Arts (FONCA), National System of Musical Development (SNFM) and Pro-Ópera A.C.

Ms. Iglesias is currently an Assistant Professor of Voice at Binghamton University (SUNY). She served on faculty at Western Illinois University as a C.T. Vivian Scholar and was an instructor of record at the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati while pursuing her DMA and specializing in Vocal Pedagogy. As an entrepreneur, she organized and coordinated the “1er Seminario Nacional de Canto Operístico” (1st National Operatic Singing Seminar) together with Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo in Mexico in 2015. In 2020, in response to the pandemic, she created and administered a series of online Vocal Pedagogy Workshops for Spanish speakers, instructing over 90 students from 12 different countries. Many renowned soloists, educators, and musicians have influenced her career including Thomas Baresel, Cynthia Lawrence, Kenneth Griffiths, Kathleen Kelly, Carlos Aransay, and Horacio Franco. Ms. Iglesias holds a Bachelor of Music degree with honors from Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo and was an exchange student at the School of Music of Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico for one year. She earned her master’s degree and is now a doctoral candidate at the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati.

Education

  • M.M. University of Cincinnati
  • B.M. Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo

Research Interests

  • Latin-American and Mexican Art Song
  • English/Spanish Translation

Awards

  • Osbelia Hernández Award XXXII Concurso Nacional de Canto Carlo Morelli
  • Deirdre and Pearce Lyons Award Alltech Vocal Scholarship Competition