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Raquel Winnica Young

  • Raquel Winnica Young Adjunct Professor


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    Applied Voice  


    Artist Diploma, Duquesne University

    BM, Colon Opera House, Buenos Aires, Argentina


    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. 

    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, and the European tour of the opera Medeamaterial by Pascal Dusapin with Remix Ensemble. She also presented recitals for Festival Martha Argerich at the Colon Opera House and Festival Llao Llao.

    Recent performances include the world premiere of the Baroque pastiche opera Winter’s Tale with Chatham Baroque and Quantum Theatre, the world premiere of the opera Constellations by Efrain Amaya in Philadelphia, Frida by Xavier Rodriguez, Speed Dating Tonight by Michael Ching with Microscopic Opera Company, Messiah with Chatham Baroque, and recitals with the Newberry Consort in Chicago, Illinois, and Durango, Mexico, as part of the Festival Musica del Virreynato. Past performances include 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, and Durufle Requiem with the Altoona Symphony. 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. Winnica Young has performed as a soloist with the Pittsburgh Camerata, Chatham Baroque, Pittsburgh Baroque Ensemble, 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.

    Winner of the 2015 and 2010 Pittsburgh Concert Society Major Auditions, 2016 Finalist of the Vocal Arts DC’s Art Song Discovery Series, and 2016 Semifinalist of the American Prize in the Art Song and Oratorio Division, 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, the Manuel de Falla, and the Virrey Liniers Museums Concert Series. Closer to home, she was the featured artist at the Rodef Shalom Concert Series in Pittsburgh as well as the Sound Choices Music Series with pianist Sun Min Kim at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. 

    Winnica Young was appointed adjunct faculty in the Music Department of Indiana University of Pennsylvania in fall 2014. Previously, she taught at Point Park University’s Summer Music Program and Jonstonbaugh’s Music Centers. She also keeps a private studio in Pittsburgh and teaches master classes in Baroque music, chamber music, and oratorio in Pittsburgh, Indiana, and Argentina.


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