- Alan Blyth
(b Santiago, Oct 2, 1965). Chilean soprano . After studying at the Juilliard School, New York, with Ellen Faull and privately with Renata Scotto, her mentor, she made her stage début as Musetta (to Scotto’s Mimì) at the Teatro Municipale, Santiago, in 1986. In 1988 she was winner of the Pavarotti Prize and in 1989 of the Metropolitan Auditions. Villarroel made her European début, as Fiordiligi, in Barcelona in 1990 and her Metropolitan début, as Mimì, in 1991; she has since appeared successfully at the Metropolitan as Violetta, which she has also performed at Covent Garden and elsewhere in the USA and Europe, her sympathetic personality and warm, expressive voice suiting her well for the role. She has performed zarzuelas in various centres with Domingo, taking the role of Cecilia alongside him in Carlos Gomes’s Il Guarany at Bonn in 1994 and subsequently recording the work. Villarroel’s repertory also includes Luisa Miller, Gounod’s Marguerite and Butterfly....