“Another star is born…” declared the American Press after Cuban-American Soprano Elaine Alvarez made her break-out company debut with the Lyric Opera of Chicago as Mimi 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 in Kat’a Kabanova with Boston Lyric Opera, prompting praise from the Boston Classical Review: "Janacek's haunting and masterful portrayal of madness was especially well-executed in her hands", 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 Metropolitan Opera, understudying her signature role of Mimi, concert performances of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 and Vaughan Williams' Serenade to Music with Springfield Symphony and the Traverse City Symphony, a title role debut with San Diego Opera, as well as a return to the Royal Opera de Wallonie as Helene in Verdi's Jerusalem with Speranza Scappucci at the podium.
Ms. Alvarez has been featured at some of the world’s leading opera houses including Oper Frankfurt, with celebrated performances of Magda in La rondine alongside Joseph Calleja, and Mimi in the company revival of La bohème; a return to Mimi for Opera National de Bordeaux, Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, Virginia Opera and Arizona Opera; Micaela in Carmen for Florida Grand Opera as well as 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, commercially recorded and released by Naxos Records; 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 debut as Violetta in La traviata with Jonas Kaufmann, Simon Keenlyside and Keri-Lynn Wilson conducting.
As a resident ensemble artist with Oper Leipzig, Ms. Alvarez was heard as Mimi, Violetta and Pamina in Die zauberflöte, and was featured in new productions of La rondine and Don Giovanni in the role of Donna Anna. Stateside, Ms. Alvarez returned to New York City for her professional debut in 2013 as the title role in 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 debut 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 Yorks’ ¡Sí Cuba! Festival, a full-length recital with Orchestra Miami, and a Kennedy Center recital debut with the prestigious Vocal Arts Society.
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.
A native of Miami, Florida, 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. A student of Manuel Perez, Elaine resides in New York City with her Yorkshire Terrier, Lola the Wonder Pooch.