The Argentinean mezzo-soprano, Raquel Winnica Young, studied at Instituto Domingo Zípoli in Córdoba, Argentina. She holds a degree from the prestigious Instituto de Arte del Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires (2004) and an Artist Diploma from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh (2008). She participated in the EPCASO Summer music program (Oderzo, Italy), Interharmony Music Festival (San Francisco), Oberlin Baroque Summer Institute, Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, Vancouver Early Music Festival and American Bach Soloists Academy. She is a finalist of the Art Song/Oratorio division of The American Prize, finalist of the Vocal Art Song Discovery Series DC 2016 and a two-time winner of the Pittsburgh Concert Society Competition (2015 /2010).
Hailed by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as a “beautifully voiced singer-actor" and by Pittsburgh Magazine as "a mezzo-soprano/ actress of striking voice," Raquel Winnica Young is equally comfortable performing early music, new music and chamber music. Her career has taken her to concert halls throughout the Americas and Europe. Past performances include Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach’s Die Israeliten in der Wüste and the title role of Orfeo ed Euridice in Argentina. Closer to home, she sang in Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria at the Strings Music Festival (Colorado), W.A. Mozart's Die Zauberflöte (Third Lady) with Apollo's Fire (Director: Jeannette Sorrell) in Cleveland, Artemisia (Alindo) with Helios Early Opera in Boston, and Maurice Duruflé's Requiem with Altoona Symphony. Past international performances include George Frideric Handel's La Resurrezione at the Festival Bach de 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.
With Quantum Theatre Raquel Winnica Young 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. She has performed as soloist with the Pittsburgh Camerata, Chatham Baroque, Pittsburgh Baroque Ensemble, Alia Musica of Pittsburgh, and the Johnstown (Pennsylvania) Symphony. She is also a founding member of the Bell'Art Ensemble and the Living Room Chamber Music Project concert series, producing 12 performances a year around the Pittsburgh region with creative and interdisciplinary Chamber Music Projects.
Recent performances include the alto soloist of The Armed Man by Karl Jenkins with the Blair Concert Chorale, the role of Hermione in the World Premiere of the opera Winter's Tale with Quantum Theatre of Pittsburgh, Chatham Baroque and Attack Theater, the role of Pi in the World Premiere of the opera Constellations by Efrain Amaya in Philadelphia, Frida by Xavier Rodriguez with Microscopic Opera Company and as cover with Michigan OperaTheater, Speed Dating by Michael Ching with Microscopic Opera Company, G.F. Handel's Messiah with Chatham Baroque, recitals with The Newberry Consort in Chicago, Illinois and Durango, Mexico as part of the Festival Musica del Virreynato.
Raquel Winnica Young has given recitals in the most prestigious concert halls and Music Festivals in Argentina, Llao Llao Music Festival, Martha Argerich Music Festival, Sans Souci Palace, Ciclo de Conciertos El Rincon, Manuel de Falla and Virrey Liniers Museums Concert Series, closer to home she was the featured artist at the 2014 Rodef Shalom Concert Series in Pittsburgh.
Raquel Winnica Young is Adjunct Faculty in the Voice Department of Indiana University of Pennsylvania since Spring 2014. She currently lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.