Recital Artist with Cantanti Project. Veronica Gonzalez, soprano and Christopher Baum, lute.
Veronica Gonzalez, soprano, has garnered attention for her versatility as a recitalist, early music performer, and collaborative artist with modern composers. She is excited to start her 2018-19 season as a featured soloist in concert with Ars Longa, a professional choral ensemble, for their Fall 2018 project ”Sacred Space,” featuring performances of James MacMillan’s majestic Strathclyde Motets in Austin and San Antonio, TX. Veronica will be a featured soloist with Inversion Ensemble for their Fall project, “I, Too, Sing America.” She is thrilled to be collaborating with soprano Lena Hill and mezzo-soprano Page Stephens in a rendition of the renowned Austin-based composer Craig Hella Johnson’s, “All of Us,” from Considering Matthew Shephard. Veronica will also be singing with the Austin Opera Chorus in a festive concert version of Verdi’s Otello. In Spring 2019, Veronica will be working on recordings with the Inversion Ensemble for their Debut Album, slated to be released in 2020. The award-winning feature film Diane, for which Veronica recorded the vocals, will be released In Theaters and Video on Demand on March 29, 2019.
In the 2017-18 season, Veronica made her debut with the Austin Opera Chorus in their productions of Carmen and La Traviata. She also sang with the Inversion Ensemble in their “Colors Harmonic” and “Perplexed Music” projects. Veronica was honored to premiere the works of composers Trevor Shaw and Jeremiah Bornfield. Shaw’s Two German Sonnets (Mvt I) was presented in venues in Austin, TX and Dallas, TX, and Bornfield’s score, written for Director Kent Jones’s award-winning narrative film Diane, was displayed at select showings in New York City as part of the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival.
During the 2016-17 season, Veronica had recital debuts with Ensemble Musica Humana and the famed Cornelia Street Café, alongside her duo partner, Christopher Baum, (lute, archlute, theorbo). Later that season, Christopher and Veronica returned to Cornelia Street Café for a collaborative concert with the award-winning Billboard artist Annalisa Ewald (baroque guitar), Rachel Elezi (soprano), and Jorge Prego (tenor), performing “Music from Baroque Spain, Italy, and England for Plucked Strings and Voices.” Veronica also reprised her collaboration with pianist Sunhwa Hong in a series of concerts at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and the Shingeru Concert Series, featuring song selections by Robert Schumann and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
The 2015-16 season included Veronica and Christopher’s Duo Debut Recital “I saw my lady weep” as part of the Cantanti Recital Project, a performance of newly published modern editions of the works of Barbara Strozzi presented by the New York Continuo Collective, the Professional Women Singers Association’s “and then she wrote….” featuring works written by female composers, a “Schumann Salon” featuring his violin, piano and song works with pianist Sunhwa Hong, and a presentation of Monteverdi opera scenes with the New York Continuo Collective.
Past seasons have included a diverse array of early music, opera, art song, musical theater, and jazz performances. In 2013, Veronica was accepted into Opera Academy of California’s Fellowship and performed as Isifile, in OAC’s summer stage production of Cavalli’s Il Giasone. In 2014, her exploration of Cavalli’s repertoire continued in scenes of La Calisto as Calisto and Diana with the Queens College Baroque Opera Workshop. Later that year, Veronica began her collaborations with New York Continuo Collective and the Cantanti Project in their themed presentations of “Italy, 1614: The Art of Singing at the Dawn of the Baroque” and “A Strauss Celebration: 150 Years.”
Veronica has co-produced several concerts, including a variety show featuring excerpts from opera and musical theatre with The Soprano Project. She also performed in the Professional Women Singers Association’s “An October Serenade” a benefit for the Episcopal Actors Guild hosted by the late Marni Nixon, which featured scenes from Ms. Nixon’s illustrious career.
Previously a singer in the U.S. Army Reserve, Veronica has had the honor of performing in many military and political events. Veronica was chosen to perform selections from the American Songbook in a tour of Northern Germany, the 239th U.S. Army Birthday Gala, and the New York Democratic Convention. Veronica co-produced a fundraising concert for Veterans called “It’s a Long Way to Tipperary,” with the Professional Women Singers Association, as part of Army Week Association events.
Recent operatic roles include Proserpina (Rossi’s Orfeo) with the New York Continuo Collective and the Boston Early Music Fringe Festival, Isifile (Il Giasone) and Xantippe (Daphnis et Chloé) at the Opera Academy of California, Zerlina (Don Giovanni) with OperaOggiNY and Vocal Productions NYC, and Giannetta (L’Elisir d’Amore) and Barbarina (Le Nozze di Figaro) with New York Opera Forum. Veronica has been featured as the soprano soloist in oratorios by Bach, Handel, and Mozart with Queens College and Stony Brook University chamber and orchestral ensembles and has premiered and recorded original works by composers including Trevor Shaw, Jeremiah Bornfield, Laura Ball, Manuel Ciordia, and Victoria Hart.
Veronica attained her B.A. in Music at Stony Brook University. While at Stony Brook, she was a recurring soloist with the Stony Brook University Orchestra and Camerata Singers. Upon graduation, she was a recipient of the Edith Salvo Music Prize, awarded to the most meritorious undergraduate. Veronica attained her M.A. in Music from CUNY Queens College with Summa Cum Laude honors. She served in the U.S. Army Reserve as a musician from 2006-2014. In addition, Veronica is also a proficient violinist, holds a B.A. in Economics from Stony Brook University, and an M.B.A. in Real Estate from CUNY Baruch College. Ms. Gonzalez currently calls Austin, TX, her home, with her husband and pups.