American soprano Cynthia Clayton is an audience favorite in opera houses throughout the United States and overseas for her critically acclaimed performances of roles including Puccini heroines Tosca, Manon Lescaut, Mimi, Musetta, Liù, and Madama Butterfly; Mozart heroines Donna Anna, Donna Elvira, Pamina, Countess Almaviva, and Fiordiligi; and numerous others, such as Desdemona in Verdi's Otello, Leonora in Il trovatore, Nedda in Pagliacci, Violetta in La traviata, Micaela in Carmen, Marguerite in Faust, Janáček’s Jenůfa, Floyd's Susannah, and Catán’s Florencia (Florencia en el Amazonas). She has bowed in leading roles at New York City Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Dallas Opera, San Diego Opera, Utah Opera, Opera Colorado, Cleveland Opera, Arizona Opera, Opéra en Plein Air (Belgium), Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Opera Grand Rapids, among many others, and has collaborated with many American symphony orchestras in classical concert and oratorio repertoire. In 2017, she producted Encantamiento: the music of Daniel Catán, available on Albany Records. She has been a member of the faculty at the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston since 2005, and has earned the rank of Professor.
Baritone Héctor Vásquez has appeared with opera companies and orchestras including, The Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Utah Opera, Seattle Opera, Opera Colorado, Los Angeles Opera, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, and the Ojai Festival. He has multiple world premieres to his credit, and has been featured on numerous commercial audio and video recordings. In demand as an adjudicator and panelist, Mr. Vásquez has been a judge or panelist for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Classical Singer Competition, and Opera America, among others. Mr. Vásquez is a member of the faculty of the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston, as well as the Houston Grand Opera Bauer Family High School Voice Studio.