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. She recently covered Marzelline (Fidelio) and Josephine (HMS Pinafore) as an apprentice artist with GLOW Lyric Theatre and attended the Atlantic Music Festival as an Opera Fellow under the tutelage of Mark Crayton and Arlene Shrut. A 2020 graduate of Florida State University, 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. Guerrero also sang the soprano solos in Handel's Messiah and Bach's Magnificat with the Tallahassee Community Chorus, conducted by Dr. André Thomas. Prior to COVID-19, Guerrero sang Violetta in Act 1 of La traviata with Teatro Lirico d'Europa and had planned to sing another concert of Italian scenes with Palmetto Opera in South Carolina.
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. She sang Donna Anna in Wichita State University's production of Don Giovanni, with Sam Ramey as the Commendatore. She previously performed the role 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).
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 took third prize at the NATS Artist Awards Competition. She was a finalist in the 2019 George Shirley Vocal Competition, which celebrates music by African American composers. Guerrero received three Beaulieu Voice Competition Grants 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 finalist for The American Prize for Professional Women in Art Song and Oratorio. In 2014, Guerrero was the winner of an Encouragement Award at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, second 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 an Opera Grand Rapids Collegiate Vocal Competition winner, in addition to being a Regional winner of the Classical Singer University Competition, a finalist in the Nicholas Loren Vocal Competition, and a three-time prize winner at the Michigan NATS auditions. She has received grants from the Society for American Music, the Koch Cultural Trust, the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, and Omicron Delta Kappa. She holds a Bachelor of Music from Grand Valley State University, a Master of Music from Wichita State University, and a Doctor of Music from Florida State University. She is currently based in San Antonio, Texas.