Praised in the Washington Post for her "fluid mezzo soprano" and "delicious acting", Mexican-American mezzo soprano Mónica Soto-Gil is gaining recognition on the operatic, recital and concert stage. In the 2015-2016 season, Ms. Soto-Gil debuted with Heartbeat Opera as Alisa in their critically acclaimed production of Lucia di Lammermoor and returned to the company for a world premiere reading of Susan Kander’s The News from Poems. Ms. Soto-Gil also made her role and company debut as Maddalena in Rigoletto with Hubbard Hall Opera, and returned to the company in 2016 as Suzuki in Madama Butterfly. In recital with world-renowned guitarist Roberto Limón, Ms. Soto-Gil made her Mexican debut at Mexico City's illustrious Palacio Bellas Artes, performing works of de Falla, Guastavino, Theodorakis, and Granados.
Ms. Soto-Gil joined the Metropolitan Opera in 2012 as a member of the ensemble for their production of Parsifal and the Santa Fe Opera in 2014 for their production of Fidelio. As a 2012 and 2013 Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Apprentice Artist with Central City Opera, Ms. Soto-Gil performed the roles of Mrs. Gobineau in The Medium and Kate in Oklahoma, and also covered Mrs. Gibbs in Our Town and Mrs. Grose in The Turn of the Screw. In addition, she performed a recital of French and American song at Central City's historic Teller House.
Operatic highlights of past seasons include the title role in Dido and Aeneas with Poor Richard’s Opera, Madame Balandard in M. Choufleuri restera chez lui with Bel Cantanti Opera, and four roles as a member of the Maryland Opera Studio: Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Paula in Florencia en el Amazonas, Sarah Pocket in Argento’s Ms. Havisham’s Fire, and Marva (cover) in the world premiere of Fran Proto’s Shadowboxer. Concert highlights include performances of John Harbison's Mirabai Songs, Maurice Ravel’s Trois Poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé, Luciano Berio’s Folk Songs, and Maurice Delage’s Quatre poemès hindous with Grammy-nominated Inscape Chamber Orchestra at the National Gallery of Art. She was also seen as a soloist with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Young Artists of America Orchestra and Chorus, alto soloist in the Mozart Requiem with the Capital City Symphony, and in a concert of Mahler's works with the University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra.
Ms. Soto-Gil holds a Master of Music in Opera from the University of Maryland Opera Studio where she studied with Delores Ziegler, and a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music where she studied with the late Edward Zambara. Currently, the California native resides in Munich, Germany. Updated March 2017