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Abigail Santos Villalobos

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Abigail Santos Villalobos, soprano, joined the Belmont University School of Music in the Fall of 2019. Dr. Santos earned her M.M. and D.M.A. degrees from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music where she studied under the direction of Barbara Honn and Tom Baresel. Abigail Santos has gained recognition as a multi-faceted performer nationally and internationally performing under the batons of conductors such as John Nelson, Paavo Järvi, Mark Gibson, Guillermo Figueroa, Earl Rivers, and David Hanlon.

Some of her career highlights include performing as “Amorita”, the leading role in El pasado nunca se termina (The past is never finished) music by José “Pepe” Martínez and libretto by Broadway and Opera theater director Leonard Foglia. She premiered and toured nationally at  Lyric Opera of Chicago, Opera Unlimited, San Diego Opera, Houston Grand Opera, and Fort Worth Opera. In this role, Opera News has hailed her for possessing “a delicate, fresh soprano.” While, Texas Classical describes her voice as “...gorgeous and powerful...”  Other operatic roles performed by her are “Morgana” in Handel’s Alcina, “Sofia” in Rossini’s Il Signor Bruschino, “Cleopatra” in Handel’s Giulio Cesare, “Tiresias” in Poulenc’s Les Mamelles des Tiresias,  “Zerlina” in Mozart’s Don Giovanni and “Susanna” in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro. Dr. Santos is also a former young artist of the prestigious San Francisco Merola opera program and Santa Fe Opera apprentice program.

Equally accomplished in oratorio, concert, and recitals. Dr. Santos has performed with numerous orchestras, choruses and concert halls such as the Costa Rica Symphony, NHK Symphony in Japan, Cincinnati Symphony, Schwartz Center of Performing Arts in Atlanta, Carnegie Hall, Pro-Arte Chorale, Voices of Ascension, Masterworks Festival, and Wheaton College Symphony among others.  Some of her concert repertoire include; Bernstein’s West Side Story, Haydn’s Creation, Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de confessore, Handel’s Messiah, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Brahm’s Requiem, Mozart’s C minor Mass, Mahler‘s Symphony No. 2, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, St. John Passion, and Wedding Cantata.

Dr. Santos honor’s include, national semi-finalist at the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions, 2013 promising artist of the Santa Fe Opera Anna Case MacKay Award, 2012 Kentucky Bach Choir Competition, 2011 Sam Adams Award, 2010 Italo Tajo award. 

Prior to Belmont University, Dr. Santos was part of the Voice Faculty at Emory University where she taught voice lessons, diction for singers and assisted with the opera workshop.

Alongside with her classical music career, Dr. Santos enjoys singing contemporary Christian Music. Serving for years at her local church in Atlanta Georgia under the leadership of Pastor Montell Jordan at Victory World Church. In addition, Dr. Santos counts with a strong social media influence through her online vocal pedagogy workshops with more than 100,000 world-wide followers.

Contact: abigail.santos@belmont.edu