Education and Background
Soprano Aimée Puentes earned her Master of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in Vocal Performance from Notre Dame de Namur University in May 2016 where she is currently a guest lecturer. She has sung leading opera roles including Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Despina in Così fan tutte, Micäela in Carmen, Sister Constance in Dialogues des Carmélites, Pamina in The Magic Flute, Musetta in La Bohème, Nannetta in Falstaff, Valencienne in The Merry Widow, Paquette in Candide, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, and Oscar in Un Ballo in Maschera.
Her appearances have encompassed such notable companies as San Francisco Opera, Arizona Opera, Pensacola Opera, New Orleans Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Opera San Jose, Opera Southwest, West Bay Opera, Pacific Repertory Opera, Festival Opera, Sacramento Opera, and others.
Ms. Puentes is equally comfortable in oratorio and concert repertoire. Performances have encompassed numerous works such as Haydn’s The Creation, Handel’s Messiah, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Handel’s Israel in Egypt, Requiem by Rutter, Mahler Symphony No.4, Mozart Vesperae Solemnis, and Mass in C minor, Handel’s Ariodante, Dvořák Stabat Mater, Haydn Lord Nelson Mass, Brahms Requiem, Beethoven Symphony No. 9, Vaughan Williams Dona Nobis Pacem, Haydn’s Mass in time of war. She received enthusiastic accolades from her performance with the Santa Cruz Symphony in a tribute evening to Rodgers and Hammerstein.
Ms. Puentes has received numerous awards including the winner of the Palm Beach Opera Vocal Competition, a semifinalist in the Loren L. Zachary Society Competition, finalist in the YWCA Studio Club Music Scholarship Competition, and a three time West Coast regional finalist of The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. As a Metropolitan Finalist, she was also awarded the IIE International Vocal Competition Award. Ms. Puentes was named a winner of the Classical Singer Competition in the Professional level.