Brenda Iglesias has performed throughout Mexico, the Czech Republic and the United States in prominent venues such as the Palacio de Bellas Artes, Centro Nacional de las Artes, Teatro Degollado, Liechtenstein Palace, Prague’s Estates Theater and Cincinnati Music Hall. She has sung professionally with Cincinnati Opera, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica Carlos Chávez, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de México, Orquesta Filarmónica de la UNAM and Orquesta Sinfónica de la UAEH, as well as collaborated with celebrated conductors Louis Langrée, James Burton, José Luis Castillo and Eduardo García Barrios.
Her wide-ranging repertoire encompasses the principal contralto and mezzo-soprano parts of the oratorio and concert repertoire, from the Baroque through the Classical and Romantic periods, as well as 20th-century music. Concert performance highlights include the solos in Brahms’s Alto Rhapsody, Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder and Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky, Falla's El Amor brujo, Mozart's Requiem, Bach’s St. John Passion, and Vivaldi’s Dixit Dominus. Some operatic credits include Sesto in La Clemenza di Tito, Drittte dame in Die Zauberflöte, Zia Principessa in Suor Angelica and La bergère, Chouette and Maman in L'enfant et les sortilèges. She workshoped the new operas Blind Injustice and Awakenings with the Opera Fusion: New Works program.
A prize-winner of the renowned "Carlo Morelli '' National Singing Competition at the Opera of Bellas Artes in Mexico and the Alltech Vocal Scholarship Competition, Iglesias has also been a recipient of numerous scholarships and grants, including Mexico’s prestigious FONCA (National Endowment for the Arts), PECDA (Stimulus Program for Artistic Creation and Development), SNFM (National System of Musical Development of Mexico), Pro-Ópera A.C., and the Corbett Full-tuition Scholarship at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
Iglesias is currently an assistant professor of voice at Binghamton University. She served on faculty at Western Illinois University and was an instructor of record at the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati, while pursuing her DMA and specializing in vocal pedagogy. Many renowned soloists, educators, and musicians have influenced her career, including Thomas Baresel, Cynthia Lawrence, Kenneth Griffiths, Kathleen Kelly, Carlos Aransay and Horacio Franco.
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- DMA candidate, University of Cincinnati
- MM, University of Cincinnati
- BM, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo
- Latin-American and Mexican art song
- English/Spanish translation
- Osbelia Hernández Award XXXII Concurso Nacional de Canto Carlo Morelli
- Deirdre and Pearce Lyons Award Alltech Vocal Scholarship Competition