Management Territory: World
Cuban-American soprano Elaine Alvarez recently made her European opera debut singing the roles of Pamina in 'Die Zauberflöte' and Mimi in 'La boheme' for Oper Leipzig in the 2006-2007 season. She also toured with Oper Leipzig to Hong Kong for a series of performances of Mozart’s Mass in C minor and will return to Leipzig for performances as Mimi in 'La boheme', Corinna in 'Il viaggio a Reims', and Violetta in 'La traviata'. For the 2006 summer festival season, Ms. Alvarez was seen as La Comtesse de Breville in the... more world premiere of Stephen Hartke’s 'The Greater Good' and as Barena in Dr. Jonathan Miller’s production of 'Jenufa' as a resident artist with Glimmerglass Opera. The world premiere recording of 'The Greater Good' will soon be commercially available on Naxos Records.
A resident artist at the Music Academy of the West for the 2004 and 2005 summer festival seasons, Ms. Alvarez was seen in recital with renowned pianist Warren Jones, heard in the title role of Anna Bolena and Norina in 'Don Pasquale' as part of the company’s scenes program, and performed the roles of Elena in Nino Rota's 'Il cappello di paglia di Firenze' and Fiordiligi in 'Cosi fan tutte', both under the baton of the late Randall Behr.
A winner of many awards for her voice and artistry including the William Randolph Hearst Foundation Award, the Lotte Lenya Competition for Singers Award and the Panasonic Harmony Series Scholarship, Ms. Alvarez was a National Finalist in the 2004 and 2006 George London Foundation Awards and a 2006 Encouragement Award winner at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Southeast Regional Competition. After receiving the 2004 MHF Encouragement Award, Ms. Alvarez was a grand prizewinner at the 2005 Marilyn Horne Foundation Competition and will make her New York City recital debut under the auspices of the Horne Foundation in the spring of 2007. Most recently, Ms. Alvarez was a Grand Finalist in the Plácido Domingo’s OPERALIA competition, held in Valencia, Spain.
"Her imposing dusky soprano...speaks from the soul. In the finals her incisive diction and command of the stage made 'Per pieta' a gripping voyage of self-discovery, while the previous round's 'Qui la voce' (complete with top E flat in the cabaletta) suggested a thrilling future in Italian repertoire."
- Opera Now, Yehuda Shaprio reviewing Operalia 2006 - January/February 2007
"Elaine Alvarez communicated a genuine emotional commitment to Fiordiligi. The fine singer-actress exhibited an intelligent, expressive soprano, which added depth and grace to a wonderfully dimensional portrait. With finely controlled piano singing and a powerful, open sound on top, Ms. Alvarez should soon be ready for prime time."
- Santa Barbara News-Press