Olga Perez Flora
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 Messiahwith the Mississippi Symphony Chorus, Bach’s Cantata 147with the St. Vincent Cammerata, Hayden’s Lord Nelson Masswith 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 Schicchiand 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.