Internationally recognized for compelling performances of baroque and concert repertoire, Puerto Rican soprano Camille Ortiz is quickly establishing herself as a leading operatic artist. The 2021-2022 season brought about recitals and masterclasses of Latin American art song across the United States; a faculty recital at University of Oregon’s Beall Hall; an Ars Lyrica Houston tour of Crossing Borders, a program of Spanish and Latin American baroque repertoire featured in the Music Before 1800 music series in New York City; Pamina in Eugene Opera’s production of The Magic Flute; a masterclass and performance at the Puerto Rico Conservatory; a highly anticipated debut with the Boston Baroque as Oriana in Handel’s Amadigi di Gaula with an all-star cast, including Anthony Roth Costanzo, Amanda Forsythe, and Daniela Mack; and an exciting Kennedy Center debut with Opera Lafayette as Elena (Hélène) in their adaptation of Gretry’s Silvain.
The upcoming 2022-2023 season includes appearances with Opera Orlando as Marie in The Daughter of the Regiment; Galatea in Eugene Opera’s Acis and Galatea; performances of Crossing Borders with Ars Lyrica Houston in the San Diego Early Music Society and Arizona Early Music; a baroque program with Chamber Music Amici; the soprano soloist for Palmeri’s Misa a Buenos Aires (Tango Mass) with Eugene Concert Choir; and recitals across the United States.
2019-2020 appearances include a full recital for Opera Orlando's Opera on Park series, scenes from West Side Story for Gulfshore Opera's Song and Dance, a faculty recital for the Nisita Concert Series at Florida Gulf Coast University, Marie in Opera Orlando's The Daughter of the Regiment (cancelled due to Covid-19), and Gilda in the Gulf Coast Symphony's production of Rigoletto (cancelled due to Covid-19). Her fall 2018 performances with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale of Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate, Coronation Mass in C major, and Litaniae Lauretanae were broadcast on San Francisco’s KDFC, classical music radio.
2018-2019 highlights include Micaëla in Magic City Opera's Carmen; a debut with the Naples Philharmonic as soloist in their Link-Up Series; Norina in Don Pasquale with Gulfshore Opera; a return to San Francisco for the "Mozart Magnified" series with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale as the featured soprano soloist in Exsultate, jubilate, Coronation Mass in C major, and Litaniae Lauretanae; and a Houston debut as Poppea in Handel's Agrippina with Ars Lyrica Houston. The summer of 2018 saw her debut as soprano soloist for Rutter’s Requiem, J. Rutter conducting the Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina; and Schubert’s Mass in G-major and Vivaldi’s Gloria in Syros, Greece with the International Festival of the Aegean.
2017-2018 season appearances include Gilda in Rigoletto, Micaëla in Carmen, Valencienne in The Merry Widow, Marguerite in Faust, Christine in The Phantom of the Opera, and Maria in West Side Story as the resident soprano with Gulfshore Opera in Naples, FL. Ms. Ortiz was also featured in a full recital for the Dallas Bach Society titled "Coloratura Furiosa," including works by Vivaldi, Rameau, Purcell, Bach and Handel.
The 2016-2017 season saw her appearance as a leading soprano soloist (embodying several characters) in the award-winning revival of Rameau’s Le Temple de la Gloire, a co-production of the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles and the San Francisco based Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale, conducted by Nicholas McGegan and directed by Catherine Turocy. BBC Music Magazine (October 2018) named Ms. Ortiz the vocal “stand-out” for the production's acclaimed CD recording.
Other notable appearances include Orchestra of New Spain’s Misa Flamenca and Mozart's Coronation Mass in C Major for the International Festival of the Aegean in Syros, Greece. She made appearances as La Musique in Charpentier’s Les Arts Florissants with the Dallas Bach Society; Quiteria in Telemann’s Don Quichotte with Orchestra of New Spain; Belinda in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Pamina in Die Zauberflöte with the Fillmore Opera Studio.
The 2014 season included her Carnegie Hall debut as the soprano soloist for Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living; the soprano solo in John Rutter’s Mass of the Children under Rutter’s baton, International Festival of the Aegean; Musetta in La Bohème as well as art song concerts for the Berlin Opera Studio. She has appeared as a featured artist of the “Buena Gente” section of El Diario NY.
Other roles include Antonia (Les Contes d'Hoffmann) at UNT Opera, Lucia (Rape of Lucretia) at Manhattan School of Music, Blondchen (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) for the Martina Arroyo Role Learning Class, Oscar (Un Ballo in Maschera) for Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance, Fire/Nightingale (L’enfant et les sortilèges) for Coópera: Project Opera of Manhattan, Susan Hoerschner (Clarence and Anita) for the Center of Contemporary Opera NY, Adina, Norina, and Musetta for Centro Studi Lirica in Italy, and Frasquita in Carmen with Dell’Arte Opera.
Notable engagements include directing and performing for Opera Hispánica NY; soprano soloist with the Zipoli Ensemble NY; appearing in venues such as the Sala Manuel de Falla in Granada, Spain under the tutelage of Teresa Berganza, the Carlos Chávez Hall of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico, D.F., Avery Fischer Hall at the Lincoln Center, the Heckscher Theater at El Museo del Barrio, Steinway Hall NY, The Kaye Playhouse, the America’s Society, the Museum of the City of New York, as well as on national television broadcast network Telemundo and HBO live.
Ms. Ortiz is Assistant Professor of Voice at the University of Oregon, School of Music and Dance. She completed a D.M.A. at University of North Texas, a Master of Music degree at Manhattan School of Music, a Bachelor of Music degree at Oral Roberts University where she double-majored in voice and violin, and is a graduate of the pre-college division of the Puerto Rico Conservatory. She is the winner of the Gerda Lissner Foundation 2008 Encouragement Award and a finalist in both the Liederkranz 2009 competition, Lieder division, and the Sergei and Olga Koussevitzky 2010 Young Artists Competition. She has also served on the faculty of Florida Southwestern State College, Florida Gulf Coast University, Ave Maria University, and the Greek Opera Studio.
- D.M.A 2017, Vocal Performance, University of North Texas College of Music
- M.M. 2007, Vocal Performance, Manhattan School of Music
- B.M. 2004, Vocal and Violin Performance, Oral Roberts University