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A winner of the Deborah Voigt/ Vero Beach Opera Foundation Prize at Marcello Giordani Competition in the USA, Spanish-american soprano Vanessa Goikoetxea has emerged as one of the most sought after sopranos of her generation. She appeared in some among the most important international venues, working with such conductors as Fabio Luisi, Matteo Beltrami, Pier Giorgio Morandi, Carlo Montanaro, Patrick Fournillier, Diego Fasolis, Massimo Zanetti and Sir Andrew Davis.

During the 2013/14 and 2014/15  seasons her engagements include her debut as Hanna Glawari in Lehár’s Die Lustige Witwe at the Semperoper Dresden under Alexander Joel and at Martina Franca’s “Festival della Valle d’Itria” in Italy  as Armilla in Casella’s La Donna Serpente under Maestro Fabio Luisi giving her Italian debut. She sang with big success at Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid, the main role of Catalina, where she is returning to sing Boccherini’s  La Clementina under the conduction of Andrea Marcon. She also took part in  Matsumoto’s “Saito Kinen Festival” in Japan, singing Alice Ford from Verdi’s Falstaff. She returned to Semperoper Dresden to be heard as Bystrouška (Vixen) in Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen under Tomas Netopil, but also as Musetta and Alcina under Rainer Mühlbach and Riccardo Frizza. 
At Teatro Massimo in Palermo, she’s performing one of the masterpieces from Hans Werner Henze, Gisela!, singing the main role and debuting at the inauguration of the season with great success.

Some highlights of her next engagements include The Cunning Little Vixen at Semperoper in Dresden, Ein deutsches Requiem by Brahms with the Bilbao Orkestra Sinfonikoa and Don Giovanni (Donna Anna) at Liceu de Barcelona.

During the 2012/13 season, Vanessa returned again to the Semperoper Dresden for the premiere of Henze’s We come to the river, singing the role of Junge Frau under the baton of Erik Nielsen. She was also heard as Musetta in Puccini’s La Boheme under Pier Giorgio Morandi, as Alcina in Händel’s Alcina under Rainer Mühlbach and Rachel in Halevy’s La Juive under Tomas Netopil. She made her debut at the Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona as First Wood Sprite in Dvorák’s Rusalka under Andrew Davis.

In the 2011/12 season, Vanessa Goikoetxea made her debuts at Teatro Perez Galdós in Gran Canaria as the First  Niece in Britten’s Peter Grimes under Pedro Hallfter, at the Prinzregententheater Munich as Musetta in Puccini’s La Boheme under Ulf Schirmer and Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte.

Increasingly in demand on the concert platform, Vanessa’s recent engagements include Haydn’s Missa de Sancti Leopoldi and Visperae en Fa, Brahms’s Ein Deutsches Requiem under Josep Caballe and the Basque National Orchestra, Mendelsson’s Lobgesang, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Mozart Arias Concert with the Basque Symphony Orchestra under Lorenz Nasturica. She’s debuting under the conduction of Lionel Bruguiner the 2nd. Symphony of Mahler at Auditorio Miguel Delibes in Valladolid, Spain. Vanessa Goikoetxea has performed extensively in concert and song recital. She has appeared on radio and has been filmed for television on many occasions.

Born in West Palm Beach (USA), Vanessa studied at the Conservatory of  Bilbao and then moved to Madrid's Conservatory. She continued her studies with Edith Wiens at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in München where she obtained her Master’s Degree in Opera.