Lily Guerrero is a soprano from Grand Rapids, Michigan. She has performed frequently around the Midwest, notably as Norina in Don Pasquale with Windy City Opera in Chicago and as Despina in Così fan tutte with Winter Opera Saint Louis. Last summer she covered Marzelline (Fidelio) and Josephine (HMS Pinafore) as an apprentice artist with GLOW Lyric Theatre. This year she attends the Atlantic Music Festival as an Opera Fellow under the tutelage of Mark Crayton and Arlene Shrut. During the academic year she is a doctoral student in voice at Florida State University, where she sang Curley's Wife in Of Mice and Men, Cunegonde in Candide, and Morgana in Alcina on the main stage and Zdenka in Arabella for the Opera Scenes Showcase. Miss Guerrero also sang the soprano solos in Handel's Messiah and Bach's Magnificat with the Tallahassee Community Chorus, conducted by Dr. André Thomas.
During her first season as a young artist with Wichita Grand Opera, she performed Tebaldo in Don Carlo and covered Liù (Turandot) and Wanda (The Grand Duchess). Prior to her season with WGO, she was the soprano soloist in The Creation with the Wichita Chamber Chorale. In 2014, she sang Donna Anna in Wichita State University's production of Don Giovanni, with Sam Ramey as the Commendatore. She previously performed the role in 2013 with the American Singers' Opera Project of North Carolina. Other Wichita State credits include Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus), Suor Genovieffa (Suor Angelica), Mabel (The Pirates of Penzance), and the title role in Carlisle Floyd's Susannah. Scene studies at Wichita State include Violetta (La traviata) and Adina (L'elisir d'amore).
Miss Guerrero also performed Pamina in Die Zauberflöte and Manuelita/Berginella in La Périchole with the Franco-American Vocal Academy, under the tutelage of Metropolitan Opera tenor, William Lewis. A familiar face with Opera Grand Rapids, she made her professional role debut as Papagena in their 2012 production of Die Zauberflöte. Previous appearances with the company include chorus roles in Il trovatore and Porgy and Bess, as well as a gala performance as Adele in Die Fledermaus.
"a dynamo." -St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Lily has also performed with Arbor Opera Theatre as Musetta in La bohème, where she had the opportunity to coach the role with Carol Vaness. She participated in the Sieur DuLuth Opera Training Program, in which she interpreted Amy in Little Women and Papagena in Die Zauberflöte for scene performances. Further opera scenes include Anne Trulove (The Rake's Progress), Beth (Little Women), and Eurydice (Orphee aux Enfers) at the Bay View Music Festival.
In the competition circuit, Lily was a finalist in the 2019 George Shirley Vocal Competition, which celebrates music by African American composers. She also won her category at the 2019 SERNATS Auditions. Miss Guerrero recently received a Beaulieu Voice Competition Grant from the Florida State University Foundation, a scholarship from the Tallahassee Music Guild, a Bella Voce Award from the Bel Canto Foundation, and was a 2016 finalist for The American Prize for Professional Women in Art Song and Oratorio. In 2014, Miss Guerrero was the winner of an Encouragement Award at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, 2nd place at the Naftzger Young Artist Competition, winner of the Wichita State University Concerto Competition, as well as the winner of the National Opera Association Opera Scenes Competition for her portrayal of Susannah in Susannah. She was also the 2010 Opera Grand Rapids Collegiate Vocal Competition winner, in addition to being a Regional winner of the 2010 Classical Singer University Competition, a finalist in the 2009 Nicholas Loren Vocal Competition, and a three-time prize winner at the Michigan NATS auditions. Lastly, she was also a two-time Koch Cultural Trust Grant recipient. Her Bachelor of Music is in vocal performance from Grand Valley State University, where she studied with Dr. Kathryn Stieler. She completed a Master of Music in Opera Performance at Wichita State University under the tutelage of Alan Held and Samuel Ramey.