Adriana González Collins
Born in Mexico City, soprano Adriana González Collins was raised in Austin, Texas where her interest in singing was sparked at an early age through her involvement in choir. As a young singer she was privileged to perform with the National Youth Chorale in Carnegie Hall. She received her Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from The University of Texas at Austin where she studied with Gilda Cruz-Romo and Martha Deatherage. Ms. González performed under the baton of Dr. Craig Hella Johnson with his highly regarded ensemble, the Conspirare Symphonic Choir. In 2001 she attended the Centro Studi Italiani opera program in Urbania, Italy, where she studied with distinguished faculty from the Julliard School and the Rossini Opera Festival.
Upon moving to Washington, D.C. she continued her studies in the studio of Maryann Sewell, sang with the Crittenden Opera Studio, and held positions with the Cathedral Choral Society with J. Reilly Lewis and the Choral Arts Society of Washington under the direction of Norman Scribner. While singing with Choral Arts, her musical journey was continuously enriched by many opportunities which included performances in Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center Honors, the Baltimore Symphony with Yuri Temirkanov, the National Symphony under Leonard Slatkin, and the New York Philharmonic in 2005 at Avery Fischer Hall under John Adams. In 2007, she placed first at the District of Columbia/Maryland National Association of Teachers of Singing Student Auditions and was a regional finalist. These inspirational moments led Ms. González to pursue a Master of Music in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy at the Peabody Conservatory where she was a student of Marianna Busching.
Ms. González made her operatic debut as Angelica in Suor Angelica by Giacomo Puccini with the 2008 Amalfi Coast Music Festival in Vietri sul Mare, Italy. She also performed the role of Cecilia in the Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia’s production of Bohemios by Amadeo Vives. She has cultivated a passion for the music of her native language and has matured into a genuine interpreter of the Spanish repertoire. She was a featured soloist in The In Series' Cabaret Latino production and sang the role of Nella in their production of Gianni Schicchi. She also performed as First Witch in Dido & Aeneas with The In Series and Ensemble in La Clemenza di Tito and the War Widow/Ensemble in their production of Idomeneo. In 2013 she had the honor of performing a solo recital at the U.S. Department of State headquarters on behalf of the Cultural Institute of Mexico for the Associates of the American Foreign Service Worldwide. She sang for several years with Concert Artists of Baltimore, under Edward Polochick. She was the Fortune Teller in The In Series' production of Heart of Madrid at Gala Theatre in Washington, DC, and the featured soloist in their Outreach production of Cri-Cri El Grillito Cantor which was also featured as a Passport DC event at the Mexican Cultural Institute. She recently performed the role of Cantaora in The In Series' production of Manuel De Falla's La Vida Breve, was a featured soloist in their production of Latino Music Fever and performed the role of Lucia/Ensemble in their recent production of Enrique Granados' Goyescas. She was also a featured ensemble singer in their recent production of Zarzuela a la Cubana at GALA Theatre in Washington, DC. and recently the Soprano Soloist with the Fairfax Choral Society & Amadeus Orchestra in their performance of Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace . You can hear her performing often with the Washington Master Chorale, under Thomas Colohan, with ChorSymphonica under Richard Roe, and she is currently the Soprano Soloist and Section Leader at The United Church in Foggy Bottom in Washington, DC.