School of Music


Brenda Iglesias, M.M.
Lecturer, Voice
C.T. Vivian Diversity Scholar
Browne Hall 120
Phone: (309) 298-1544 (School of Music Office)

Mezzo-soprano Brenda Iglesias is an emerging artist, in demand for concert, opera and recital engagements. A Doctoral candidate at the College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), Ms. Iglesias has worked with notable companies and orchestras both in Mexico and the United States such as Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Opera, Opera Fusion: New Works, Carlos Chávez Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico, UAEH Symphony Orchestra and Mexico State Youth Orchestra, as well as with celebrated conductors Louis Langrée, James Burton, Jose Luis Castillo and Eduardo García Barrios.

Ms. Iglesias has performed as soloist in distinguished venues like Palacio de Bellas Artes, Teatro Degollado and Centro Nacional de las Artes in Mexico, Liechtenstein Palace and Estates Theater in Prague, and Cincinnati Music Hall. Some of her operatic credits include Sesto in La Clemenza di Tito, Drittte dame in Die Zauberflöte, Zia Principessa and Badessa in Suor Angelica, La bergère and Chouette in L'enfant et les sortilèges, and Dr. Muriel Elsie Landeau in Awakenings. Concert performance highlights include soloist in Brahms' Alto Rhapsody, Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen and Kindertotenlieder, Falla's El Amor brujo, Prokofiev's Alexander Nevsky, Bach's St. John Passion, and Mozart's Requiem.

Having a very distinctive timbre, Ms. Iglesias has been awarded prizes at the renowned Mexican competition “Concurso Nacional de Canto Carlo Morelli” (2014), the Alltech Vocal Scholarship Competition (2016), and several artistic fellowships and grants from Mexico's National Found for Culture and Arts (FONCA, 2017-2019), National System of Musical Development (SNFM, 2014-2017) and Pro-Ópera A.C. (2017).

Ms. Iglesias holds a Bachelor of Music degree with honors from Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo in her hometown in Mexico and was an exchange student at the School of Music of Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México for one year. She earned her Master of Music degree at the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati.

In addition to her artistic activity, Brenda enjoys sharing her passion for singing in the classroom and voice studio. She was a teaching assistant at CCM while pursuing her DMA and specialized on Vocal Pedagogy. She continues to expand her knowledge by attending courses such as the New England Conservatory's "Acoustic Vocal Pedagogy Online Course", Classical Voice Training's "Singing and Teaching Singing" Advanced Courses, and conferences of the Association for Body Mapping Education and the National Association of Teachers of Singing, of which she is a member.

As an entrepreneur, Ms. Iglesias organized and coordinated the “1st National Operatic Singing Seminar” (1er Seminario Nacional de Canto Operístico) together with Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo in Pachuca, Mexico in 2015. Most recently and in response to the pandemic, she created and administered a series of online Vocal Pedagogy Workshops for Spanish speakers, instructing 93 students from 12 different countries from a wide variety of backgrounds. Many reputable soloists, educators, and musicians have influenced her career including Thomas Baresel, Cynthia Lawrence, Kenneth Griffiths, Kathleen Kelly, Mark Calkins, Carlos Aransay, and Horacio Franco.