Ms. Canales is in demand at opera houses and concert venues around the world. In 2016 she has performed at Lincoln Center making her Alice Tully Hall debut singing a featured work by acclaimed contemporary composer Mohammed Fairouz. She has also performed with the China National Symphony at Beijing’s National Center for the Performing Arts, performing songs in Chinese by Academy-Award-winning composer Tan Dun. She also was the featured singer in a recital appearance in an all Bernstein program at Chile’s acclaimed Teatro del Lago. Opera performances in 2016 have included reprising the role of Carmen with the Shanghai Opera and Flora in La Traviata at Opera Roanoke.
She has performed the role of Carmen more than 85 times in a dozen countries as well as performing in featured roles with many of the opera world’s leading performers at top festivals and venues on four continents.
As a concert soloist she has sung Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at Avery Fisher Hall with the National Chorale, Handel’s Messiah at Carnegie Hall and at the Kennedy Center. She also was a featured performer in a presentation of the Messiah by the Street Symphony in Los Angeles that was cited by Alec Ross in The New Yorker as one of the ten most notable performances and recordings of 2015.
Ms. Canales is the Founder and CEO of The Canales Project (TCP), a rapidly growing not-for-profit organization devoted to using the arts to help address the cultural divisions that threaten society. With the stated goal of “leading the journey from the other to the all”, during calendar 2016-2017, TCP will present concerts and educational programs in New York City working in conjunction with a roster of active partners that includes The Weill Institute of Carnegie Hall, National Sawdust, Education Through Music, N.Y. Live Arts, YoungArts, NAMM, AFTA, Creative Santa Fe, Boys and Girls Clubs, and TEDx Mid-Atlantic. TCP will work closely with schools and community organizations serving those who are today face challenges associated with integrating diverse cultural backgrounds into cohesive, constructive, thriving communities. The first such program, presented with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Tucson Arizona, called “Finding Your Voice” was launched in October of 2016. TCP’s 2016-2017 concert series will deal with healing cultural divisions in U.S. society and is entitled “Between Two Worlds.”
TCP builds on over a decade of work by Ms. Canales as cultural envoy of the U.S. State Department. This collaboration is on-going and in 2016 featured a performance by Ms. Canales in conjunction with the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, Japan. She is also a Turnaround Artist for the U.S. President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities-the first opera singer to be asked to join the roster.
Ms. Canales will also advance her advocacy agenda as one of the partners helping to develop and present CultureSummit 2017, an annual event to take place in Abu Dhabi convening an extraordinary group of leaders from the the arts, media, technology and policy worldwide to address emerging challenges and how the arts and culture can be used to address this. This major event, which Ms. Canales helped to conceive and for which she will serve as principle artistic curator. This event will be presented as a collaboration between Ms. Canales’ for-profit organization, TCP Ventures, LLC, the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Cultural Authority and the FP Group, publishers of Foreign Policy Magazine.
Ms Canales has also been in demand as a guest speaker and performer, recently having worked with the White House Initiative for Educational Excellence for Hispanics, the Aspen Institute, POLITICO, Harvard University, the Hispanic Heritage Awards on PBS, The National Endowment’s 50 Anniversary Celebration, Vice President Biden’s Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration, APAP, Vital Voice, SphinxCon and TEDx MidAtlantic.
During 2016-2017 she served as co-director of an intensive new workshop program on cultural entrepreneurship at the Berklee School of Music.
Ms. Canales is the proud daughter of a Bulgarian father and a Mexican mother. She is an alumna of the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, where she studied with Bill Schuman. She received a Bachelor of Music degree in Music from the University of Michigan, where she studied with Shirley Verrett. She continued her studies at the Conservatoire National de Paris, and completed her Master of Music in Opera Performance degree at McGill University in Montreal. She is fluent in Spanish, French, Italian and English and speaks conversational German. She also has performed in Chinese, Arabic, and Russian among other languages.