Pompano Beach Arts was delighted to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a beautiful performance by the renowned Cuban American coloratura soprano Eglise Gutiérrez on Saturday October 15 at the Pompano Beach Cultural Center. This performance was the debut of the new Bell’Arte Concert Series, produced and presented by “Generation” Venetian Arts Society (GENVAS) specifically for the Center. An Evening of Spanish Romances, Zarzuelas, and Grand Opera Arias featuring Eglise Gutiérrez beguiled the audience with a varied program. “Eglise Gutiérrez has performed on the greatest stages in the world,” said Ty Tabing, Director, Cultural Affairs Department. “We are honored that she graced ours with an unforgettable concert by a powerful and dazzling opera star.” From the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden to the famed Liceu in Barcelona, Gutiérrez has been enchanting audiences with her brilliant coloratura soprano for over fifteen years. Tapped by Andrea Bocelli to share the stage during his world tour, the award-winning opera star is also a dynamic concert performer who delights music fans with her incredible artistry and passion. Among the opera houses, theaters, and halls Gutiérrez has performed in are Carnegie Hall (New York City), L’Opéra Comique (Paris), Deutsche Oper (Berlin), Teatro Real (Madrid,) Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, Opera de Marseilles, Teatro Colón de Buenos Aires, Seattle Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Washington Concert Opera, and the Florida Grand Opera. She has sung in cities around the world including Hamburg, Dresden, Zurich, Athens, Prague, Cannes, Helsinki, Tel Aviv, Florence, Trieste, Rome, Montreal, Detroit, and Miami, among many others. Gutiérrez studied voice in Cuba, in Miami with Manny Perez, and at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She won the Mirjam Helin International Singing Competition, the Montserrat Caballé International Singing Competition, and the Marian Anderson Prize for Emerging Classical Artists. Founded in 2010, Generation Venetian Arts Society concept is modeled after the popular salons that flourished all over Europe, especially France in the 17th and 18th centuries. These salons, usually in private residences of the wealthy, were events where artists and arts-enthusiasts could meet to enjoy visual, performing, and literary arts, as well as philosophy, science, and politics. The mission of the Cultural Affairs Department is to provide cultural programming that includes visual arts, digital media, music, film, theater, dance and public art for the enjoyment and enrichment of residents and visitors to Pompano Beach, Broward County, and the greater South Florida area.