Hailed by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as a “beautifully voiced singer-actor,” Argentinean Mezzo-soprano Raquel Winnica Young earned a Degree in Vocal Performance from the Colon Opera House in Buenos Aires and an Artist Diploma in Voice from Duquesne University. A winner of the 2010 Pittsburgh Concert Society Major Auditions, Ms. Winnica Young has participated in EPCASO, Interharmony International Music Festival, Oberlin Baroque Summer Institute, Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute and Vancouver Early Music Festival. In Argentina, she was sponsored by the Fundación Musica de Camara and the Antorchas Foundation.
Ms. Winnica Young's career has taken her to concert halls throughout the Americas and Europe. Equally comfortable performing early music, new music and chamber music, she performed in Handel’s La Resurrezione at the Bach Festival in Lausanne, Switzerland, the world-premiere opera Marianita Limenia by Valdo Sciamarella in Buenos Aires, the European tour of the opera Medeamaterial by Pascal Dusapin with Remix Ensemble and presented recitals for Festival Martha Argerich at the Colon Opera House.
Recent performances include a recital with the Newberry consort in Mexico City as well as C.P.E. Bach’s Die Israeliten in der Wüste and the title role of Orfeo ed Euridice in Argentina. Closer to home, she sang in Vivaldi’s Gloria at the Strings Music Festival (Colorado), Die Zauberflöte (Third Lady) with Apollo’s Fire in Cleveland, Artemisia (Alindo) with Helios Early Opera in Boston, Durufle Requiem with Altoona Symphony and Messiah with the Pennsylvania Consort in Bedford, PA. With Quantum Theatre she performed the principal role in Astor Piazzolla’s Maria de Buenos Aires and Osvaldo Golijov’s Ainadamar, where her portrayal of Federico García Lorca earned her a spot on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s “Best of 2012” lists.
Upcoming solo engagements include the title role of Handel’s Xerxes with Atlanta Baroque Orchestra. Ms. Winnica Young has also performed as soloist with the Pittsburgh Camerata, Chatham Baroque, Pittsburgh Baroque Ensemble and the Johnstown (PA) Symphony.