Raquel Winnica Young

  • Raquel Winnica Young Adjunct Professor

    Voice

    Contact Information

    jzzt@iup.edu

    Courses

    Applied Voice
    Vocal Pedagogy
    Vocal Repertoire Ensemble

    Degrees

    BM Instituto Domingo Zípoli 
    Certificate “Tecnicatura” Vocal Performance from Instituto Superior de Arte del Teatro Colón 
    AD Duquesne University

    Biography

    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 was a finalist of the Vocal Art Song Discovery Series DC 2016, two-time winner of the Pittsburgh Concert Society Major Artist Competition, a finalist in 2017 and 2018 for the American Prize in Art Song and Oratorio, and a 2018 finalist and 2016 semifinalist of the American Prize in Chamber Music with the Bell’Art Ensemble.

    Equally comfortable performing early music, new music, and chamber music, Winnica Young’s career has taken her to concert halls throughout the Americas and Europe. Recent performances include alto soloist with Il Sonar Parlante in Ferrara, Italy; solo performances with theorbist Scott Pauley at the International Baroque festival “Camino de las Estancias” in Córdoba, Argentina; alto soloist in 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; and the title role in Frida by Xavier Rodriguez with Microscopic Opera Company and as cover with Michigan Opera Theater.

    Past international performances include C.P.E. Bach’s Die Israeliten in der Wüste and the title role of Orfeo ed Euridice in Argentina; 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. Closer to home, she sang Messiah with Chatham Baroque, recitals with the Newberry Consort in Chicago, Illinois, and Durango, Mexico, as part of the Festival Musica del Virreynato; 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’s 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 soloist with the Pittsburgh Camerata, Chatham Baroque, Pittsburgh Baroque Ensemble, Alia Musica of Pittsburgh,  and the Johnstown (Pennsylvania) Symphony.

    She was a founding member of the Bell’Art Ensemble and the Living Room Chamber Music Project concert series, producing over 12 performances a year around the Pittsburgh region with creative and interdisciplinary chamber music projects. She founded the Pittsburgh-based early music ensemble Musica Mundana and is a core member of the Argentinean-based early music ensemble Broken Consort.

    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 Series, Ciclo de Conciertos El Rincon, Manuel de Falla, and Virrey Liniers Museums Concert Series. In Pittsburgh, she was a featured artist on the 2014 and 2016 Rodef Shalom Concert Series.

    Born in Cordoba, Argentina, Young holds a degree from the prestigious Instituto de Arte del Teatro Colon and an artist diploma from Duquesne University. 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.

    Winnica Young is adjunct faculty in the Voice Department of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she teaches Applied Voice, Vocal Repertoire, and Vocal Pedagogy. She also directs the Opera Workshop for Carnegie Mellon University’s Summer Pre-College Music program. She has given masterclasses at Universidad Provincial de Córdoba, Pittsburgh’s Creative and Performing Arts High School, and Point Park University.

    Links

    Raquel Winnica Young’s website

    Broken Consort 

    Bell'Art Ensemble