Written and interviewed by AVA Administrative Associate Stephen J. Trygar
The Meet the New Resident Artists! Blog Series is a sequence of Q&As designed for you to get to know our new artists. Today, we invite you to learn about our new soprano, Ethel Trujillo! Ms. Trujillo comes to us from Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico with a B.A. in Voice Performance from the School of Arts at Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla and Opera Studio Beckmann. She has performed a variety of different roles, such as Violetta in La traviata, Rosaura in Los Gavilanes, and Rosita in Luisa Fernanda. For a full list of Ms. Trujillo’s previous roles and competitions, visit her biography on the AVA website!
Tell us a little bit about yourself!
“I’m an extroverted and friendly person. I consider myself responsible, and I always try to be kind and help others. Besides singing, I love being with and hanging out with my family and friends. I also enjoy watching movies and playing the piano in my spare time. When I have the opportunity, I like traveling and visiting new places.”
What has been your favorite role to perform?
“Violetta in La traviata because it was my first main opera role, and it challenged me emotionally, vocally, and scenically. I was delighted to perform such a role because I perceived Violetta’s noble heart, the sacrifice she made for love, and the undoubtedly elegant and beautiful music.”
What is your dream role?
“Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor and Tatyana in Eugene Onegin.”
What made you want to get involved in opera?
“I got involved when I realized that opera is more than just a good vocal performance—it’s saying the words while also feeling the character’s life inside yourself and touching the hearts of the public with your own.”
Tell us something interesting about yourself!
“Since I was little, I wanted to become a pianist, and I actually studied piano for 8 years. Then I wanted to become a singer, but not an opera singer. It was not until I finished high school that I was able to enter a music school. There, I was given the opportunity to perform Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro. That experience has been one of my favorites in my career. That day, I enjoyed myself, and I suppose the public liked my performance too because they laughed with me. Since that performance, I realized that it was what I wanted to do. That’s why I’m here. I want to help others feel what opera truly is. In Mexico opera is not as well known as in other countries, but I want to make a difference and continue spreading opera in Mexico as best as I can.”