Mezzo-soprano Lisa Chavez returns during the 2014-15 season as a principal artist of the resident ensemble of Opera San Jose, appearing as Maddalena (Rigoletto), Isabella (The Italian Girl in Algiers), Harriet Herriton (Where Angels Fear to Tread), and the Third Lady (The Magic Flute). Lisa made her company debut last season, appearing in numerous productions. She has performed recently with Opera Parallèle of San Francisco, Opera Company of Middlebury, and the Shreveport Opera.
Awards received by Lisa include First Place and Audience Favorite in the Irma M. Cooper Competition (2013), Second Place winner in the Shreveport Singer of the Year Competition (2014), Third Prize winner in the Irene Dalis Competition (2013), Fourth Place in Opera Birmingham Competition (2014), Grant winner from Giulio Gari Foundation (2014), and Encouragement Award winner from Gerda Lissner Foundation (2009, 2011). In November 2008, she was a finalist in the worldwide Opera Competition with Mezzo TV, and was featured performing the role of Elizabeth Proctor (The Crucible) in over 40 European countries. Lisa, who was a resident artist with Dicapo Opera from 2007-2009, as well as a Young Artist with New Jersey Opera (2008-2009), received her MM from the Manhattan School of Music and her BA from California State University Hayward.