French-Argentinean Soprano Eugenia Forteza has been praised for her “soulful mood” (Opera Wire) and “fine tone and spirited acting” (Voce di Meche).
Born in Paris, France, Eugenia grew up in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and moved to the United States to continue her musical education at age 19. Eugenia is fluent in French, Spanish, English and Italian and speaks intermediate German.
Eugenia was recently a Finalist in the Concorso Internazionale di Canto Lirico Katia Ricciarelli in Cerisano, Italy and was awarded an Opera Role Prize.
Recent role performances include the role of Suora Infirmiera (Suor Angelica) with IVAI NYC at Mannes School of Music, the Doe in the NJ premiere of Beloved Prey (by Kento Iwasaki) with The Traveling Opera Company and Giulietta in selected scenes from I Capuleti e i Montecchi for Ana Maria Ruimonte's Manhattan Series. In 2016, Eugenia performed Genovieffa in Suor Angelica with Capitol Opera Albany, Eufemia in the rarely performed La Bohème by Leoncavallo with IVAI in NYC, the lead role of Despina (Così fan tutte) with Opera at Rutgers and also represented the International Vocal Arts Institute in its community outreach performances of The Magic Flute as Second Lady.
Past roles include Miss Rose (Lakmé), Lucy (The Threepenny Opera), Clori (Acis and Galatea) with Opera at Rutgers, Duchess Carolina (Luisa Fernanda) with Concert Operetta Theater in Philadelphia, the leading role of Bastienne (Bastien und Bastienne) with FAVA in Salzburg, Peaseblossom (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) with Poor Richard’s Opera, Nella (Gianni Schicchi) and La Zelatrice (Suor Angelica) with Temple University Opera Theater, Oscar (cover) in Un Ballo in Maschera with ConcertOpera Philadelphia and Soeur Constance (Dialogues des Carmelites) with Opera Academy of California.
In concert, Eugenia has been selected to perform the Seven Spanish Popular Songs by Manuel de Falla three times up to date, both in Philadelphia and NYC. She has also been the Soprano soloist for Ramirez' Misa Criolla with the University Singers at Boyer College of Music and Dance. She was the Soprano II soloist for Vivaldi's Gloria with the First Presbyterian Church in Springfield.
Eugenia has participated in several prestigious summer festivals. In 2015, Eugenia was selected to participate in the International Vocal Arts Institute (IVAI) in NYC, where she worked with some of the top teachers and coaches in the industry. She was invited again, on scholarship, for the 2016 and 2017 seasons. In 2014, Eugenia was selected to participate in the 10th Barcelona Festival of Song where she was praised for her interpretation of Iberian and Latin American repertoire. In Salzburg, she attended the Franco American Vocal Academy. In San Francisco, she was part of the Opera Academy of California. Eugenia also participated in the Florence Voice Seminar in Italy, studying voice with the late Julian Rodescu.
In 2017, Eugenia was awarded a full scholarship to study Italian in Florence, through the Italian Cultural Institute in NYC. Eugenia is the 2015 recipient of the Opera Graduate Assistantship at Mason Gross School of the Arts. In 2013/2014 Eugenia was awarded NEC’s Community Performances and Partnerships Program Opera Fellowship. Eugenia is also the 2013 recipient of The Florence Berggren Voice Scholarship and The Richard M. Scholarship for Music Studies from the Boyer College of Music and Dance.
In 2016, Eugenia graduated with a Master of Music degree from the Opera Institute at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, where she studied with bass-baritone Eduardo Chama. Eugenia also holds a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance, Summa Cum Laude, from the Boyer College of Music at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. She studied with Randi Marrazzo while at Temple and prior to that, Eugenia studied at the National Conservatory of Buenos Aires with Ana María Osorio. Eugenia currently studies with soprano Elizabeth De Trejo.
Upcoming engagements for the 2017-2018 season include two World Premieres by Felix Jarrar and Brittany Goodwin: A Christmas Carol with Gramercy Opera and Tabula Rasa with Cantanti Project. Other engagements include recitals at St. John's Presbyterian in the Philadelphia area and concerts with Sing for Hope, Shoperatic, Opera on Tap and the Tabula Rasa team all over NYC.
This summer, Eugenia returns to IVAI NYC, sings Noémie in Cendrillon at IVAI Montréal and makes her Colombian debut in a concert with Mezzo-Soprano Monica Danilov at Museo Nacional de Colombia.
Eugenia currently resides in NYC, where she is a freelance artist, the Founder and Lead Editor of 360° of Opera and the Social Media Manager at Lenny's Studio.