Mezzo Gigi Mitchell-Velasco has received praise from the critics and public alike for her interpretations of Wagner, Mahler, and Strauss. The New York Times' Anthony Tommasini wrote that she sang with a "dark-hued sound and elegance," and the Wall Street Journal called her "the most finished artist, sensitive to every nuance of the text."
Ms. Mitchell-Velasco’s 2007-08 season includes Debussy's La Demoiselle élue at Chicago's Grant Park Music Festival, Beethoven No. 9 with the Milwaukee and Honolulu Symphonies and Symphony Silicon Valley, the St. Matthew Passion at University of Nebraska's Lied Center, and Carlyle Sharpe's Proud Music of the Storm in Washington, D.C. Last season Ms. Mitchell-Velasco sang Bach's St. Matthew Passion with the Orchestra of St. Luke's at Carnegie Hall; the Beethoven Missa Solemnis with the Phoenix and the Milwaukee Symphonies; and the Verdi Requiem with the New Hampshire Music Festival and Symphony Silicon Valley.
Other recent orchestral appearances have included Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 for debuts with the San Francisco Symphony and the Brooklyn Philharmonic; St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Boston Philharmonic, Florida Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic, Houston Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, the National Symphony, San Diego Symphony and West Virginia Symphony. Opera performances have included Tristan und Isolde with the Florentine Opera, Der Rosenkavalier with the Minnesota Opera, Cosě fan tutte with the Toledo Opera, and Luisa Miller with Opera Boston and Washington Concert Opera.
Ms. Mitchell-Velasco recorded Erich Wolfgang Korngold's Einfache Lieder and Abschiedslieder with Caspar Richter and the Bruckner Orchestra of Linz for ASV/London. A protégé of Christa Ludwig, she is a two-time winner of the Robert Lauch Memorial Grant of the New York Wagner Society and the recipient of the 1997 American Wagner Association Award at the Liederkranz Foundation Competition for Wagnerian Voice.