Mezzo-soprano Cecilia Duarte is a native of Chihuahua, Mexico. She has been a member of Houston Grand Opera’s touring company “Opera to Go!” since 2007, for which she recently created the role of Gracie in HGO’s 40th world premiere, “A Way Home” by Ethan Greene and Irene Keliher, a part that she performed again in a full production at Southwest Opera in Albuquerque, NM. Ms. Duarte made her main stage role debut with Houston Grand Opera in the world premiere of the opera, 'Cruzar la Cara de la Luna' in 2010. The same production traveled to Paris, France last year to great critical acclaim. Other credits include Jezhibaba in “Rusalka,” Berta in “The Barber of Seville,” Third Lady, in “The Magic Flute” and Stefano in Gounod’s “Romeo and Juliet.” Her musical career began in Mexico, where she performed in numerous musical theater productions, creating roles in world premieres both written and directed by composer Alberto Espino. In addition to her career in the theatre, Ms. Duarte is a frequent guest artist with ensembles in the Houston area, singing in oratorios, cantatas, and noted for her performance of Ancient Music.