American lyric soprano Isabel Merat was born on March 27th, 2002 in Queens, New York, the daughter of Mercedes and Jose Merat. At an early age, she began to study voice and quickly developed an extensive repertoire. While attending The Mary Louis Academy, a college preparatory private school, she received the Audrey McLean Vocal Scholar Award for her performances three years in a row. She continued her vocal studies with her private teachers, Dr. Sherry Overholt, who has combined a long and successful career of operatic and concert performances with teaching positions, and Jennifer Grimaldi, the acclaimed soprano soloist, who recognized Isabel’s gifts and strongly encouraged her to pursue a musical career. Isabel will be attending Oberlin Conservatory of Music in August 2020. Ms Merat received a Conservatory Dean's Merit Scholarship and Oberlin College Grants in recognition of her outstanding talent and musical promise.
Most recently, Isabel has performed at the Queens Summer Vocal Institute and was chosen to participate in a master class with Christine Goerke, the American dramatic soprano. Isabel is a two-time, first place winner of the National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition at Columbia University and was also awarded first place at the Long Island Society’s Annual Young Artists Competition. She was selected as one of the top three vocalists in the 2019 Schmidt Vocal Competition. In that same year, Isabel made her Broadway debut at the Nederlander Theatre, having personally been chosen by Kristin Chenoweth to join her as a guest performer in her show, “For the Girls”.
Since then Isabel has been privileged to participate in private master classes with world-renowned sopranos Denyce Graves and Nadine Sierra