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Puerto Rican soprano Zulimar López Hernández has excelled in a wide range of roles, both in opera and concert. Recent season engagements include debuts with the Arizona Opera and the Orlando Philharmonic, a concert with Des Moines Metro Opera, spring recital at the University of Puerto Rico Theatre, and Musetta in La bohème with the Dayton Opera. Other recent roles have included Maria in West Side Story at the Newport Music Festival and Pamina in Die Zauberflöte with Utah Opera. During the summer of 2022, she participated in the premiere of the Puerto Rican opera “Y los pastels?” by Johanny Navarro for Teatro de la Opera and Pro-Arte Musical, followed by the world premiere of the opera “Edward Tulane” by Paola Prestini with the Minnesota Opera.

She has shone in leading lyric soprano roles in the traditional repertoire, in a range that includes titles by Verdi, Mozart, Puccini, Donizetti, Bizet and Gounod: La traviata, La Boheme, Le nozze di Figaro, Don Pasquale, Carmen, Cosí fan tutte , Don Giovanni, Roméo et Juliette, Falstaff.) López-Hernández has performed throughout the United States—from Los Angeles to New York—and internationally, in London. Also has stood out in contemporary music, such as the operas of Mexican Daniel Catán (Florencia en el Amazonas and La Hija

Rappaccini) and is frequently chosen by composers to premiere their pieces (among them, our own Roberto Sierra). With the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra, she has been soprano soloist in Handel's Messiah, Fauré's Requiem, Mozart's Requiem and the traditional Christmas Concert. She has collaborated with the San Juan Philharmonic Choir, the Zarzuela and Operetta Foundation, the Ibero-American Festival of the Arts and Opera al Fresco. She was the soprano soloist in the world premiere of the New Millenium Symphony by PuertoRican composer Raymond Torres-Santos.

López-Hernández has a Bachelor's Degree in Musical-Vocal Education from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus where she studied with Margarita Castro-Alberty and Jose R. Torres. She has an Artist Diploma from the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia and a Professional Studies Diploma from the Mannes School of Music in New York where she was a student of Ruth Falcon. Currently, she is pursuing a master's degree in Vocal Pedagogy with the Voice Study Center at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David in the United Kingdom. Since 2014, she has been a professor of vocal technique at the Department of Music at the UPR-Río Piedras and vocal coach of Coralia de Puerto Rico.


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