Ms. Erika Danielle Vasallo, is a Cuban-American mezzo-soprano. Ms. Vasallo graduated with her Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance from the University of Florida/New World School of the Arts College Division, where she performed various opera scenes and the role of Volpino in Haydn’s Lo Speziale. Daniel Fernandez from The Miami Herald’s – El Nuevo Herald edition wrote, “The highest laurels go to the mezzo Erika Vasallo, not only for the excellent display of her beautiful voice, but for her fun characterization as the male character Volpino.” During her incoming year of her graduate program at Florida State University, Ms. Vasallo performed the role of Female Emilia in Carlisle Floyd’s Prince of Players. Through FSU’s Opera Outreach, she performed the role of the Mother in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel. In 2017, Ms. Vasallo sang the role of The Sorceress in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas throughFSU’s summer cultural exchange program in Habana, Cuba, where she had the opportunity to perform the Gran Teatro Nacional de la Habana. Ms. Vasallo received her Master of Music degree in vocal performance from Florida International University, where she taught voice lessons as an Adjunct Voice Professor. While at FIU, she performed the role of Doña Francisca in Amadeo Vives’ Doña Francisquita and sang as a soloist in a concert of Handel’s Messiah.
Ms. Vasallo recently performed as a soloist in Rossini’s Stabat Mater with the Treasure Coast Community Singers and chamber orchestra.In 2019, she returned to Opera Fusion as a Renée Greenberg Emerging Artist to portray the roles of La Zia Principessa and Zita in a double bill of Puccini’s one act operas, Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi. Other highlights of Ms. Vasallo’s last few seasons includethe role of Dorabella in Mozart’s Così fan tutte andthe role of Third Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte withNew York Opera Conservatory’s 2018 Summer Program for Developing Opera Singers, Prince Orlofsky in J. Strauss’ Die Fledermaus andthe role of Dorabella in Mozart’s Così fan tutte withOpera Fusion’s Emerging Artists Projectseries,and Cherubino in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro with Opera Atelier. Ms. Vasallo counts among her highest honors singing for the legendary opera soprano, Madame Virginia Zeani, at her 88th birthday celebration.