Latina Opera Star in Madame Butterfly

Her elegant, powerful soprano voice first soared through the distinguished Metropolitan Opera House in New York City on December 18, 1970, as Gilda Cruz-Romo performed the title role in “Madame Butterfly”. Mexican-born Cruz-Romo sang in the world’s most prestigious opera houses, including La Scala in Milan, the Teatro dell’ Opera in Rome, the Vienna Staatsoper, the London Royal Opera, and Moscow’s Bolshoi Opera. After a lifetime of touring to cheering applause, Cruz-Romo taught at the University of Texas at Austin, her alma mater. For a sample aria of her crystal voice, please visit

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