posted September 9, 2008

Concert Features Guest Artist

Guest soprano Juliana Ayech Rodriguez will perform Wednesday, Sept. 10, in Dimnent Memorial Chapel at 7 p.m.

The concert honoring Puccini's 150th Anniversary, is free to the Hope Community but you must have a ticket, which you can reserve by calling ext. 7890.

Ms. Rodriguez has studied at the Santa Cecilia's International Academy in Rome, Italy under the direction of the soprano Renata Scotto. Collaterally she also studied with tenor Sergio Di Bari. She also was selected by the Verdi Opera Studio to perform Opera "Il Trovatore", at the Teatro Regio di Parma in Italy, under the conduction of Bruno Cagli. Later she received the "Nicolai Ghiaurov" foundation scholarship to become member of the Centro Universale del Bel Canto in Modena, Italy under the direction of Italian soprano Mirella Freni.

She has been granted first places in important international contests of opera such as "Vincenzo Bellini", "Sanremo Lirica Classica", "Città di Roma", "Premio Selezione Giovanni Professionisti della Mùsica", "Nicolai Ghiaurov", among others. She also received the "Beato Angélico Award 2006 for women."