San Miguel Institute of Bel Canto Announces First Two Public Concerts

By Alexis White

The second year of the San Miguel Institute of Bel Canto is underway, thanks to the generosity of Bellas Artes. Thirty-three talented and aspiring young Mexican and American singers are studying with world-class faculty in the Institute’s intensive four-week program. Among them is Yamel Domort, one of Mexico’s most promising young opera singers.

Student Artist and Young Professional Concert
San Miguel Institute of Bel Canto
Mon, Aug 8, 7pm
Bellas Artes, Hernández Macías 75
154 9837
100 pesos at the door
Student Artist and Young Professional Concert
San Miguel Institute of Bel Canto
Tue, Aug 9, 7pm
El Oratorio de San Felipe Neri
Insurgentes 12
154 9837
Domort will perform in the opening concert on Monday, August 8, at 7pm in the Bellas Artes auditorium, and 100-peso tickets will be sold at the door. A second concert featuring singers studying at the Institute will take place on Tuesday, August 9, at 7pm in the magnificent 18th-century church, El Oratorio de San Felipe Neri. The Institute wants to make opera more accessible to San Miguel families. The Oratorio concert is free of charge.

Domort, one of four 2015 alumni returning to the Institute, recently thrilled audiences at the Teatro Morelos in Toluca with her performance as Abigaille, the Nabucco role sometimes defined as inhumanly difficult to sing. In the fall she will sing the role of Alice Ford in the Teatro’s fall production of Falstaff.

The Mexico City resident came to opera at the age of 20. She credits her parents’ voices for her natural ability. Her church pastor, a musicologist as well as composer and choir director, discovered her operatic powers and encouraged her to study.

A graduate of the Conservatorio Nacional de Música de México, Domort has won first place and been a finalist in important national and international opera competitions, including the Concurso Nacional de Canto Carlo Morelli in the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, the Concurso International de Canto Sinaloa, and the Concurso San Miguel. The young soprano has given concerts in the Middle East, France, and the United States, most recently with the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra. Her roles have included Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, the first opera Domort ever saw; Juliet in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette; and Almirena in Handel’s Rinaldo. Domort works for the Secretaria de Marina-Armada de México and is a vocal ensemble member of its Unidad de Historia y Cultura Naval. She finds juggling work and career aspirations that require training, rehearsing, performing, and traveling to be difficult.

Domort credits the Institute with transforming her on many levels. “I learned so much from extraordinary teachers, especially Ted Taylor, whose students have gone on to the Metropolitan Opera and other renowned houses,” Domort said. “I learned to relax my singing style and take a simple, organic approach that has given me a powerful but natural voice. It is easier on my vocal chords and many other facets of singing. Even the bodywork and spiritual relaxation classes transformed me as a person hoping to make a career in a difficult discipline. I am so happy to return and learn more. And I would encourage anyone seeking a career in opera to come next year,” Domort said.

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