Point of View

May 24, 2010, 4:28 pm
Filed under: Florida Grand Opera

Three years ago,  Kendall native and New World School of the Arts Alumna Elaine Álvarez was a promising 26-year-old opera singer, auditioning every chance she could for young artist programs, potential agents, opera companies for main stage roles, and money-granting competitions. 

Photo by Kristin Hoebermann.

In October 2007, everything changed. Ms. Álvarez had been hired by the Lyric Opera of Chicago to be the understudy for the role of Mimì in Puccini’s La bohème. The singer booked for the role of Mimì was Metropolitan Opera favorite Angela Gheorghiu. In a fortunate twist of fate, and in pure dramatic opera fashion, Ms. Gheorghiu was publicly fired by the Lyric Opera just days before opening night. Ms. Alvarez stepped in and wowed the audiences and critics alike.

Said the Chicago Tribune: “Álvarez looked and sounded like a poised veteran…[she] saved the day, and then some.” The Chicago Sun-Times called her singing “juicy and lyrical.” Ms. Álvarez has been in demand ever since, singing all around the world.

Elaine Álvarez’s Florida Grand Opera debut was Saturday, April 24, as Micaëla in Bizet’s Carmen.


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