Venezuelan-American mezzo-soprano Cybele Gouverneur has been hailed as “A statuesque, doe-eyed beauty who bears a passing resemblance to the young Ava Gardner” and with a voice “large, velvety” and “marked by rich, dusky tones (with) high extensions.”
In the 2013 -2014 season Ms Gouverneur makes the role debut of Dulcinée in Don Quichotte with Festival Opera and returns to the title role of Carmen with Livermore Valley Opera, CA.
The 2011 – 2012 season brought her return to San Francisco Opera for the new Francesca Zambello production of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen as Schwertleite (Die Walküre) and Mercedes in Carmen and the major role debuts of Dalila in Samson et Dalila and Amneris in Aida with West Bay Opera.
Ms Gouverneur,“whose chocolate-rich voice has been impressing audiences...” made her San Francisco Opera debut alongside Natalie Dessay in the 2008 summer in Graham Vick's production of Lucia di Lammermoor. In the 2008-2009 season, she took on the title role in the 25th Anniversary production of Bizet's Carmen for Opera San José, where, as Principal Artist in Residence from 2007-2009, she sang the roles of Charlotte (Werther), Maddalena (Rigoletto), Second Lady (Die Zauberflöte), Olga (Eugene Onegin), and Dorabella (Cosí fan tutte).
In the concert hall Ms. Gouverneur, has performed with a number of orchestras, including La Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar de la Juventud in Caracas, Venezuela; the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra; and the Modesto Symphony Orchestra. She has performed such works as Verdi's Requiem, Mozart's Requiem, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, and Dvorak's Mass in D Minor.
Her commanding stage presence and consummate artistry have been evident in such roles as Cherubino (Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro); Giasone (Cavalli’s Il Giasone); Filippyevna (Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin), Proserpine (Marc-Antoine Charpentier's La Descente D'Orphée aux Enfers) with Collegium Musicum and Ars Lyrica of Houston; and other roles such as the title role in Massenet's Chérubin; Minsk Woman in Jonathan Dove's Flight; and Cherubino in John Corgliano's The Ghosts of Versaille. Other engagements include performances with Orchestra X of Houston featuring Prof. Peter Schickele and as well as covering Orfeo (Orfeo ed Euridice) with Caramoor Music Festival.
Ms. Gouverneur is a graduate of Manhattan School of Music, Mannes College of Music and the University of Houston - Moores School of Music