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Biography

Cuban-American mezzo-soprano, Olga Perez Flora, has been lauded by Opera News for her "smoky tones” and "firm, pleasant voice and lively poise." She has most recently made her debut with both Opera Columbus as Suzuki in Madama Butterfly and the role of Olga in Eugene Onegin with Opera Company Middlebury to wide acclaim. Known for her sultry Carmen, Ms. Perez Flora has performed this signature role numerous times, including her debut with Amarillo Opera. Recent solo orchestral performances include Handel’s Messiah with the Mississippi Symphony Chorus, Bach’s Cantata 147 with the St. Vincent Cammerata, Hayden’s Lord Nelson Mass with the Idyllwild Festival of the Arts, and Viva Verdi with the Amhurst Orchestra. Upcoming engagements include Trujaman in Manuel de Falla’s El Retablo de Maese Pedro with the Newark Granville Symphony Orchestra as well as a return to Opera Company Middlebury to sing Flora in La Traviata.

Ms. Perez Flora has performed with opera companies across the country and internationally including Zita/Gianni Schicchi and Zita/Buoso’s Ghost in the east coast premiere with Opera New Jersey, Marcellina/Le nozze di Figaro with Operafestival di Roma, and Zerlina/Don Giovanni with Opera in the Heights. Notable roles include Komponist/Ariadne auf Naxos, Charlotte/Werther, Luisa/Luisa Fernanda, Dorabella/Cosí fan Tutte, Hansel/Hansel and Gretel, Elvira/Don Giovanni, and Mistress Quickly/Falstaff. As an alumnus of the Pullin Opera Studio Program at Arizona Opera she sang under the batons of such conductors as Richard Buckley, Cal Stewart Kellogg and Joel Revzen. While there she sang in over twenty productions, including Third Lady/Die Zauberflöte, Pitti-Sing/The Mikado, Mercedes/Carmen, Annina/La Traviata, Tisbe/La Cenerentola, and Ida/Die Fledermaus. Also known as a recitalist, Ms. Perez Flora has enjoyed being a soloist for such companies and symphonies such as Pittsburgh Opera, Pittsburgh Song Collaborative, Newark Granville Symphony Orchestra, Mississippi Symphony Chorus, St. Vincent Cammerata, Music in a Great Space, and the Idyllwild Arts Festival.

Competition wins include being a finalist at the American-Berlin Competition at The Metropolitan Opera and a NATS regional winner. Ms. Perez Flora’s education includes a Doctorate of Musical Arts from The Ohio State University, a Master of Music in Opera Theater from Arizona State University, as well as a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Northern Arizona University.

 
 
 
 

Repertoire

Opera

Carmen, Carmen

Mercedes, Carmen

Suzuki, Madama Butterfly

Zita, Gianni Schicchi

Principessa, Suor Angelica

Charlotte, Werther

Zita, Buoso’s Ghost

Olga, Eugene Onegin

Larina, Eugene Onegin

Hansel, Hansel and Gretel

Third Lady, Magic Flute

Second Lady, Magic Flute

Zerlina, Don Giovanni

Dorabella, Cosi fan tutte

Cherubino, Le Nozze di Figaro

Marcellina, Le Nozze di Figaro

Mistress Quickly, Falstaff

Meg Page, Falstaff

Lucretia, The Rape of Lucretia

Der Komponist, Ariadne auf Naxos

Orlovsky, Die Fledermaus

Pitti-sing, The Mikado

Peep-bo, The Mikado

Old Lady, Sweeney Todd

Mauyra, Riders to the Sea

Tisbe, La Cenerentola

Flora, La Traviata

Annina, La Traviata

Luisa, FernandaLuisa Fernanda

Jo, Little Women

Meg, Little Women

Marme, Little Women

Concert

The Ninth Symphony, Beethoven

Missa Solemnes, Beethoven

Mass in C, Beethoven

Christmas Oratorio, Saint Saens

Ruckert Lieder, Mahler

Les Nuits d’etes, Berlioz

Cinco canciones negras, Montsalvatge

Gloria, Vivaldi

Mass in C Major, Mozart

Magnificat, Bach

El amor brujo, DeFalla

El Retablo de maese Pedro, DeFalla

Messiah, Handel

Israel in Egypt, Handel

Requiem, Verdi

Requiem, Durafle

Requiem, Mozart

Solemn Vespers, Mozart

Lord Nelson Mass, Hayden

Cantata BWV 147, Bach

Christmas Oratorio, Bach

Mass in B minor, Bach

Il Tramonto, Respighi

Stabat Mater, Rossini

 
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Acclaim

 
 

Striking A Chord
For the first time since merging with CAPA in 2011, Opera Columbus will be filling the stage of a production with local talent.
- Columbus Monthly, February 2014


SuzukiMadam Butterfly, Opera Columbus
"Olga Perez Flora made Suzuki very much a leading role. Her solo opportunities in Act III showed a voice that will one day sing Amneris and Carmen."
  – Arts and Culture: Christopher Purdy, November 2013


Soloist, La Belle Époque Cabaret: An Evening in the Bohemian Style, Carnegie Museum of Art
"Tenor Joseph Gaines, mezzo-soprano Olga Perez Flora, and pianist Benjamin Binder (artistic director of the Pittsburgh Song Collaborative and assistant professor of music at Duquesne University) brilliantly brought to life songs from late-19th-century Parisian cabarets by writers and composers..."
  - Carnegie Museum of Art Blog, August 2012 


Pitti-sing, The Mikado, Arizona Opera
"Pitti-sing (Olga Perez)…displayed [a] firm, pleasant voice and lively poise onstage."
  – Opera News, February 2009

"memorable vocal and comic turns from Olga Perez as Pitti-Sing..."
  – Arizona Daily Star, November 16, 2008 


 
 

The Beautiful Brown Diva
"Forget any notions you've ever had of a fat lady singing opera onstage. Mezzo-soprano Olga Perez looks more like she belongs in the cast of American Idol."
- Phoenix New Times, September 2008


Annina,
 La Traviata, Arizona Opera
"Olga Perez's fine performance..."
  – Opera News Online, April 4, 2008 


Zerlina, Don Giovanni, Opera in the Heights
"Olga Perez invests Zerlina with a bright soprano and fetching manner, correct for an operatic ingenue."
  – Houston Chronicle, March 24, 2007 


Zita, Gianni Schicci/Buoso’s Ghost, Opera in the Heights
"The relatives are all impressive, in particular, Olga Perez as Zita"
  – Princeton Packet, July 7, 2006 


Mercedes, Carmen, Arizona Opera
"Olga Perez sang with smoky tones and proved to be a dependable companion for Carmen."
   – International News/Opera Japonica, October 2005  

 
 
 
 

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Coaching

 Olga Perez Flora is a highly sought after voice teacher, with over 15 years experience. While establishing herself as one of America's leading mezzo-sopranos, Dr. Perez Flora is currently an Assistant Professor of Voice and head of voice faculty at Muskingum University. Throughout the summer, she is on faculty as the Opera Scenes Director at both Up North Vocal Institute (UNVI) in Boyne City, MI and Idyllwild Arts Festival in Idyllwild, CA, holding both posts for many years. Olga has had several students with professional success in both the classical and music theater arenas, helping students to find an efficient and long lasting technique in whatever genre they perform. In addition to instilling good technique, special interests in her studio include dramatic coaching and text interpretation, fitness and health management, and Spanish language art song, especially Cuban song. Her education includes a Doctorate of Musical Arts (DMA) from The Ohio State University (2013), a Master of Music (MM) in Opera Theater from Arizona State University, as well as a Bachelor of Music (BM) in Vocal Performance and a post-Bachelor certificate in Music Education from Northern Arizona University. She has worked with many wonderful teachers including: Robin Rice, Barbara Honn, Anne Kopta, Don Brinegar, and Paul Kiesgen.

 

Teaching Experience

Assistant Professor of Music and Voice Area Coordinator,
Muskingam University, 2012 - present
- Private Voice Studio
- Women's Choir Director
- Elementary Methods Instructor

Graduate Teaching Assistant, The Ohio State University, 2012 - 2013
- Class Voice
- Private Voice Teaching
- Freshman Studio Training

Adjunct Voice Faculty, Point Park University, 2009 - 2012
- 20-28 private students
- Master Classes

Elementary Music Teacher, Whispering Wind Elementary, 2000 - 2003
- General Music Teacher 1-6 grades
- Choral/Musical Theater Director

 

Summer Program Teaching Experience

Opera Scenes Director and Exercise & Fitness Instructor,
Up North Vocal Institute, Summer Young Artist Program, 2011 - present


Voice Faculty/Opera Director, Idyllwild Arts Festival Choir, 2005 - present
- Master Classes
- Opera Scenes Director

Director/Movement Faculty, Taos Opera Institute, 2009
- Opera scenes director
-Exercise & Fitness Instructor

Adjunct Voice Faculty, California State University LA, 2006 - 2007
- Summer Choral Master’s Program
- Private lessons
- Master Classes

Musical Director/Voice Faculty, NAU Music Camp, 1997-1999
- Voice instruction
- Musical Theater Director

 

Supplemental Experience

Opera Education, Pittsburgh Opera Outreach Educational Program, 2009 - 2012

Private Studio Voice Instructor, Phoenix, AZ and Columbus, OH, 2000 - present
- 25-30 students
- 2-3 recitals per year
- bi-monthly masterclasses

Voice Faculty NAU Preparatory, Flagstaff, AZ, 1999 - 2000
-Voice Instructor

 

Lectures

Dramatic Coaching Preparation, UNVI Boyne City, MI, 2012
Nutrition & Fitness for Singers, UNVI Boyne City, MI, 2011-2012
The Business of Singing, Idyllwild Arts, Idyllwild, CA, 2011-2012
Performance Practice, Muskingum University, New Concord, OH, 2012

 

Education

Doctor of Musical Arts, Vocal Performance, The Ohio State University, 2013
Master of Music, Opera Theater, Arizona State University, 2008
Bachelor of Music, Vocal Performance & Music Education, Northern Arizona University, 1998

 

Young Artist Programs

Young Artist, Marion Roose Pullin AZ Opera Studio, Phoenix, AZ, 2007-2008
Resident Artist, Amarillo Opera, Amarillo, TX, 2007
Festival Artist, Opera New Jersey, Princeton, NJ, 2006
Artist, Opera Festival di Roma, Rome, Italy, 2005

 
 

Contact

 

Ms. Perez Flora is represented by
Berger Artist Management, LLC.
bergerartists.com

 

Please use the form below to contact Ms. Perez Flora. Please note,
Ms. Perez Flora will not respond to solicitations and/or booking inquiries. 

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