“Another star is born…” declared the American Press after Cuban-American Soprano Elaine Alvarez made her break-out company début with Lyric Opera of Chicago as Mimí in La bohème. Directed by Renata Scotto and conducted by Sir Andrew Davis, the Chicago Tribune praised: “Conveying lyric pathos seems to come as naturally to Alvarez as breathing.” Recent engagements have included debuts as Tosca, on tour with Choregies d’Orange, the title role of Kat’a Kabanova with Boston Lyric Opera, and a major Verdi debut as Elvira in Ernani for the Royal Opera de Wallonie, with stage direction by Jean-Louis Grinda and musical direction by Maestro Paolo Arrivabeni. Future engagements will see Ms. Alvarez join the roster of The Metroplitan Opera, understudying her signature role of Mimí in La bohème, concert performances of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Vaughan William’s Serenade to Music with Springfield Symphony and the Traverse City Symphony, a role debut with San Diego Opera, as well as a return to the Royal Opera de Wallonie as Hélène in Verdi’s Jérusalem with Speranza Scappucci at the podium.
Ms. Alvarez has made major débuts at some of the world’s leading opera houses including Oper Frankfurt, with celebrated performances of Magda in La rondine alongside Joseph Calleja, and Mimí in the company revival of La bohème; a return to Mimí for Opera National de Bordeaux, Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, Virgina Opera and Arizona Opera; Micaëla in Carmen for Florida Grand Opera as well as for her return to the Lyric Opera of Chicago; the Countess in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro with Opera Cleveland; La Comtesse de Breville in the world premiere of Stephen Hartke’s The Greater Good for Glimmerglass Opera; another turn as Magda in La rondine for Lithuania’s Pazaislis Music Festival; a new production of La traviata for Theater St Gallen in Switzerland, and a Bayerische Staatsoper début as Violetta with Jonas Kaufmann, Simon Keenlyside and Keri-Lynn Wilson at the podium.
As a resident ensemble artist with Oper Leipzig, Ms. Alvarez was heard as Mimí in La bohème, Violetta in La traviata, and Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, and was featured in new productions of La rondine and Don Giovanni in the role of Donna Anna. Ms. Alvarez returned to New York City for her professional début in 2013 as the title role of La hija de Rappaccini by Daniel Catan for Gotham Chamber Opera, with sold out performances in New York, Los Angeles and Venice, Italy.
A dedicated recital and concert artist, Ms. Alvarez was a Grand Prize Winner of the Marilyn Horne Foundation Competition, making her New York recital début under the auspices of the Foundation in 2007. Ms. Alvarez then went on to perform as a featured artist in the Marilyn Horne Foundation Gala Recital at Carnegie Hall in 2010, alongside long-time mentor, pianist Warren Jones. Other notable recital engagements have included New York’s ¡Sí Cuba! Festival, a full-length recital with Orchestra Miami, and a Kennedy Center recital début with the prestigious Vocal Arts Society, garnering praise from the Washington Post: “[Alvarez] made a winning first impression…a charming artist – with a delightfully warm stage presence and a healthy, hearty and agile voice…”
On the concert stage, Ms. Alvarez appeared as a featured guest artist with the New World Symphony for Pulse 2.0, the company’s innovative concert series, integrating electronic music, lighting installations and modern stage-craft, to bring classical music to new audiences. Other distinguished concert credits include Mozart’s Mass in C minor with the Gewandhaus Orchestra at Hong Kong’s Cultural Performing Arts Center and a tour of Rossini’s Stabat Mater with the Orchestra e Coro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino under the baton of Maestro Riccardo Muti.
Ms. Alvarez is a graduate of the New World School of the Arts and holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Manhattan School of Music.