|Elizabeth Caballero in
Madison Opera’s Carmen.
If you haven’t been able to tell, we’re very excited that Elizabeth Caballero is returning to Madison Opera after appearances at Opera in the Park and most recently as Micaela in Carmen (2009). This time around, the Cuban American soprano will be taking on the thrilling role of Violetta in La Traviata in performances on April 29 and May 1. Ms. Caballero, who made her Metropolitan Opera debut last season, has had a busy year, with performances at the Florida Grand Opera as Liu in Turandot, and as a guest judge on the wildly popular Univision program, Sabado Gigante. Wait…what?
That’s right, Ms. Caballero has recently taken on a new role as judge in an American Idol style singing competition (“Su Majestad La Voz”) on Spanish TV. Here’s what she has to say about the new gig:
Sabado Gigante is a Spanish TV show that has been on the air on Univision for over 30 years. It’s like a cross between the Price is Right and The Ed Sullivan Show but in Spanish. And of course with it being Spanish TV, there are a lot of tight dresses and big hair. Spanish TV is a hoot! The show has amazing ratings and it’s viewed by millions of people world wide, especially in North and South America. So when they decided to do an American Idol version for young opera singers, I thought it was an amazing idea, and when they asked me to judge, I was beyond honored.
Quite an honor indeed! Through the experience, Liz has gained exposure to a whole new audience while serving as an advocate for her passion, opera. To give you an idea of the show, here’s a clip, with Judge Caballero chiming in at the 2:35 mark:
To stay up to date on this busy soprano’s career, check out her Facebook page!