Recent engagements for SANDRA BENGOCHEA (RUBALCAVA) included directing OSJ’s recent productions of Tosca, Carmen and La Cenerentola. Ms. Rubalcava-Bengochea also recently joined the vocal faculty at SJSU.
During the 2011-12 season, Ms. Bengochea returned to OSJ to appear in the role of Ilia in the company premiere of Mozart’s Idomeneo. Other roles performed recently include Pamina (Die Zauberflote) with Intermountain Opera and Adina (The Elixir of Love) with Opera Idaho. On the concert stage, she was a featured soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Winchester Orchestra, and Mozart’s Requiem with the Sacramento Chorale Society where Ms. Bengochea made her debut at the Disney Hall in Los Angeles, California.
During the 2005 – 2006 season, Ms. Bengochea performed the roles of Abigail Williams (The Crucible), Oscar (A Masked Ball), Musetta (La bohème) and Zerlina (Don Giovanni) for OSJ as a guest artist. In the summer of 2006, Ms. Bengochea traveled to Thailand to perform the role of Despina (Così fan tutte) with Bangkok Opera. During the 2004 – 2005 inaugural season in the California Theatre, Ms. Rubalcava performed the roles of Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro) and Frasquita (Carmen).
Equally comfortable on the concert and recital stage, she has sung Orff’s Carmina Burana, Schubert’s Mass in g minor with the Santa Clara Chorale, was a soloist in Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream with the San Jose Cleveland Ballet and has sung excerpts from Don Giovanni with Symphony Silicon Valley. She has also had the distinct honor of singing Mozart’s Requiem at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco with The Midsummer Mozart Festival in 2002 and 2003 to honor those lost on September 11, 2001. Ms. Bengochea also performed with The Midsummer Mozart orchestra at Villa Montalvo where she appeared as a last minute replacement for Frederica Von Stade.
Other past performances included the role of Natoya (POIA) for the Lewis and Clark Society in June 2005 and Ellen in Billing Opera’s world premiere of Alva Henderson’s Nosferatu.
Ms. Bengochea is a recipient of the Friends of Music Scholarship, National Hispanic Scholarship, a Palm Beach Opera Finalist and Gerda Lissner finalist. She received her Bachelor’s degree from San José State University, and holds a Master’s Degree from The Manhattan School of Music.