Lily Guerrero - Biography
Lily Guerrero is a lyric coloratura soprano from Grand Rapids, Michigan. She recently completed a run of Così fan tutte at Winter Opera Saint Louis, in which she sang the role of Despina. During her first season as a young artist with Wichita Grand Opera, she performed Tebaldo in Don Carlo and covered Liu (Turandot) and Wanda (The Grand Duchess). Prior to her season with WGO, she was the soprano soloist in The Creation with
the Wichita Chamber Chorale. In 2014, she sang Donna Anna in Wichita State University's production of Don Giovanni, with Sam Ramey as the Commendatore. She previously performed the role in 2013 with the American Singers' Opera Project of North Carolina. Other Wichita State credits include Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus), Suor Genoveffa (Suor
Angelica), Mabel (The Pirates of Penzance), and the title role in Susannah. Scene studies at Wichita State include Violetta (La Traviata) and Adina (L'elisir d'amore).
Miss Guerrero also performed Pamina in Die Zauberflöte and Manuelita/Berginella in La Périchole with the Franco-American Vocal Academy, under the tutelage of Metropolitan Opera tenor, William Lewis. A familiar face with Opera Grand Rapids, she made her professional role debut as Papagena in their 2012 production of Die Zauberflöte. The Grand
Rapids Press hailed her interpretation of the role as “spunky”. Previous appearances with the company include chorus roles in Il Trovatore and Porgy and Bess, as well as a gala performance as Adele in Die Fledermaus.
Lily has also performed with Arbor Opera Theatre as Musetta inLa Bohème, where she had the opportunity to coach the role with renowned soprano, Carol Vaness. She also participated in the Sieur DuLuth Opera Training Program, in which she interpreted Amy in Little Women and Papagena in Die Zauberflöte for scene performances. Further opera
scenes include Anne Trulove (The Rake's Progress), Beth (Little Women), and Eurydice (Orphée aux Enfers) at the Bay View Music Festival.
In 2014, Miss Guerrero was the winner of an Encouragement Award at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, 2nd place at the Naftzger Young Artist Competition, winner of the Wichita State University Concerto Competition, as well as the winner of the National Opera Association Opera Scenes Competition for her portrayal of Susannah
in Susannah. She was also the 2010 Opera Grand Rapids Collegiate Vocal Competition winner, in addition to being a Regional winner of the 2010 Classical Singer University Competition, a finalist in the 2009 Nicholas Loren Vocal Competition, and a three time prize winner at the Michigan NATS auditions. Lastly, she was also a two-time Koch Cultural Trust Grant recipient.
Her Bachelor of Music is in vocal performance from Grand Valley State University, where she studied with Dr. Kathryn Stieler. She recently completed a Master of Music in Opera Performance at Wichita State University, under the tutelage of Alan Held and Samuel Ramey. Miss Guerrero currently resides in Chicago and is a student of Julia Faulkner.