Lourdes Rodriguez is from Hyattsville, Maryland, and is a twenty-year-old coloratura soprano pursuing a career as a professional opera singer. She is a third-year student working on her Bachelor of Music in Performance (Voice) at Shenandoah Conservatory, where she will graduate in the spring of 2023. Lourdes started her classical journey at twelve years old when she joined Hyattsville Middle School’s Creative and Performing Arts vocal program. She then moved on to Northwestern High School’s Visual and Performing Arts’ vocal program in 2015, where she took four years of voice lessons and choir. Lourdes’ high school years have brought her opportunities such as singing background to Lin-Manuel Miranda and Christopher Jackson at the 2018 Kennedy Center Honors, performing with the Washington Chorus at the Kennedy Center and Strathmore, collaborating with the Prince George’s County Philharmonic Orchestra, and taking on her first operatic role as Susanna in Northwestern High School’s production of Le Nozze Di Figaro before graduating in 2019.
In 2021, Lourdes received third place in both the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Virginia and Mid-Atlantic Regional competitions. Recently, she received an honorable mention in Friday Morning Music Club’s Sue Goetz Competition in Bethesda, Maryland.
Opera roles sung in her time at Shenandoah include Angelina in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Trial by Jury, Dorinda in scenes from Handel’s Orlando in Shenandoah Conservatory’s Gothic Opera, Susanna in a scene from Mozart's Le Nozze Di Figaro in Shenandoah Conservatory’s Opera Up Close series, and Titine from Germaine Tailleferre’s Le Pauvre Eugénie in Shenandoah Conservatory’s The New World of Opera. For the same production, she is also the vocal cover for Tailleferre and Cunegonde.
This summer, Lourdes plans to join the Vienna Summer Music Festival 2022 season in Vienna, Austria. She will be singing the roles of Neptune in Pluto by Michael J. Polo, Bird Peddler in Mondo Novo by Paul Richards, and will be covering Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni. She is passionate about gaining as much experience as she can as a young artist and intends to use it to grow, leading to more opportunities and to a future career in opera.