“On balance, the evening belonged to the soprano Eglise Gutierrez, whose intense presence and liquid tone resulted in a grippingly eerie portrayal of Giulietta. Ms. Gutierrez went straight to the heart of what makes bel canto repertory work: beautiful sound and inventive embellishment, made to render emotion palpable.” The New York Times
Born in Holguin, Cuba, soprano Eglise Gutiérrez has been named by Opera News as “one of opera’s next wave”. A three-time recipient of the Gerda Lissner Foundation Grant, and grant recipient of the Singers Development Foundation, Eglise Gutierrez has been busy collecting top prizes including First Prize in the August 2004 International Mirjam Helin Competition in Helsinki, the West Palm Beach Opera Competition, the New Jersey State Opera Competition, and the Connecticut Opera Competition. Miss Gutierrez’s long list of awards and honors also includes Winner of the Montserrat Caballé International Opera Competition, First Place in the Marian Anderson Opera Competition and Second Place in the Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation Opera Competition in 2002. She won First Place in the Giargirai Bel Canto Opera Competition and a scholarship from Renata Scotto to work with her. She was part of the Summer Program for Young Artists in Portland Oregon under the direction of Tito Capobianco. She graduated from The Institute Superior of Art in Cuba (Suma Cum Laude) where she studied with Maestra Maria Eugenia Barrios, and from The Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia with Maestro Bill Shumann.
She is currently coached by Maestro Manny Perez. During her studies at the Academy she performed several leading roles, among them the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor, Amina in Bellini’s La sonnambula, Nanetta in Falstaff, and Adina in L’elisir d’amore. Additional roles in her repertoire include Hanna Glawari in The Merry Widow, and the title roles in Roig’s Cecilia Valdes and Vives’ Doña Francisquita , Scenes of Maria la O, and many Gala Concerts with Pro Arte Grateli , a company she calls one of her protégée.
Ms. Gutierrez sang in some of the most prestigious venues of the world including Covent Garden London, Teatro Colon Buenos Aires, Wexford Festival, Teatro Dell’Opera di Roma, Teatro Verdi (Trieste) Zurich, Maggio Musicale Florence, Cagliari, Carnegie Hall, Savonlinna, Berlin, Bellas Artes (Mexico), Tel Aviv, Hamburg, Athens, La Monnaie, Brussels, the Santa Fe Festival, Cincinnati Opera festival, Festival Alfonso Ortiz de Tirado (Mexico), Florida Grand Opera, Liceu de Barcelona, Teatro Real de Madrid, Sarasota Opera Festival, Washington Concert Opera, Caramoor Festival, L’Opéra Comique , Vancouver, Montreal, Ravinia Festival , Michigan Opera Theatre , Seattle Opera , Athens (Greece) and more in roles such as Lucia, Gilda , Elvira in I Puritani, Violetta, Amina, Lakme, Maria di Rohan, Elvire in La muette de Portici , Cendrillion , Juliette in Capuleti e I Montecchi, and Liu (Turandot).
In 2003 Eglise made her professional debut singing Lucia diLammermoor at the Opera de Colombia (Bogota) under the batton of Will Crutchfield and also performed Capuleti e I Motechi at the Caramoor Festival with conductor Will Crutchfield.
In May 2004 she performed at the Carnegie Hall as soprano soloist in Mozart’s Requiem and John Rutter’s Requiem under the baton of John Rutter.
In 2006 she made her European debut at the Wexford Festival with Maria de Rohan , then in Italy under conductor Daniel Oren performing Rigoletto (Gilda) at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma with Renato Bruson. She sang Rigoletto as well with the Israel Philarmonic Orchestra under conductor Daniel Oren, and Mignon and Lakme in Carnegie Hall under Conductor Eve Queler.
In 2008 Miss Gutierrez sang the title role of La Sonnambula at Carnegie Hall with the Opera Orchestra of New York conducted by Eve Queller, then made her Seattle Opera debut as Elvira in I Puritani, returned to Detroit as La Sonnambula (produced and under the baton of Maestro Richard Bonyngeand Renata Scotto). She also performed at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City in Lucia di Lammermoor conducted by Eduardo Muller.
In 2008-2009 Eglise performed at the Teatro Lirico di Cagliari as Amina in La Sonnambula (just out on DVD), at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino as Lucia, and in Hamburg as Gilda. That season she also sang La Traviata in Miami with Steven Costello , Lucia in Montreal, Rigoletto in Vancouver, I Puritani for her Athens debut with tenor Bryan Himmel, with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as Gilda with James Conlon and Dmitri Hvorostovsky at the Ravinia Festival, and returned to the Savonlinna Opera Festival as Lucia where she was named the Artist of the Year. She performed as well Cendrillon at the Opera Comique with conductor Marc Minkowski, appeared in concert in Prague, Cannes, Finland, Miami, toured twice all over Unites States with tenor Andrea Bocelli including Madison Square Garden,Hollywood Bowl, Dallas, Chicago, San Francisco, Florida and more under conductors Steven Mercurio and Eugene Kohn.
Miss Gutierrez made her debut at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden during the 2009-2010 season as Linda di Chammonix which was also recorded and distributed by Opera Rara under the baton of Sir Mark Elder and has subsequently sung La fée in Massenet’s Cendrillon under the baton of Bertand de Billy (just out on DVD) with Joyce Didonato. She performed in Puerto Rico singing a concert duet with Larry Brownly, at the Berlin Deutche Oper as Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor (with tenor Roberto Alagna), at the Teatro Real in Madrid as Elvira I Puritani (with tenor Juan Diego Florez), in Dresden as Gilda in Rigoletto, followed by Rigoletto in Zurich with Baritone Leo Nucci and conductor Nello Santi, La Traviata in Seattle with tenor Francesco de Muro conducted by Eduardo Müller , Lucia di Lammermoor in Florida, I Puritani in Cagliari conducted by Ramón Tebar and again to Savonlinna as Lucia and to Covent Garden as Amina in La Sonnambula under the baton of Daniel Oren.
Engagements from the 2012/2013 season included her debut as all four heroines in Les Contes d’Hoffmann at the Teatro Liceu, Barcelona, and in 2014 in Massenet Thais with the Florida Grand Opera, La Fée in Cendrillon at the Teatro Liceu and Lucia di Lammermoor at the Opera de Marseille (France).
Ms Gutierrez joined the Metropolitan Opera House Roster in 2016-2017 in I Puritani and conducted Master classes during the Miami Music Festival. This year Eglise Gutierrez is part of the Lyric Opera of Chicago performing I Puritani and Orfeo ed Eurídice with the Florida Grand Opera.