Olga Perez Flora

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.” Dr. Perez Flora has performed with opera companies and symphonies both across the country and internationally. Known for her sultry Carmen, she has performed this signature role numerous times, including her debut with Amarillo Opera. Recent performances include a recital at New York University (NYU), a festival in Havana, Cuba, and a reprise of Carmen with Amhurst College.

Recent engagements include performances with the Akron Symphony in de Falla’s El amor brujo, Opera Columbus as Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, Third Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with the Erie Chamber Orchestra, the Duraflé Requiem, Bach’s Cantata 147 and Respighi’s Il Tramonto with the St. Vincent Camerata, Verdi’s Requiem with the Hollywood Concert Series, Manuel de Falla’s El Retablo de Maese Pedro with the Newark Granville Symphony Orchestra, the Duruflé Requiem and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with the Idyllwild Arts Festival, and Messiah with the Mississippi Symphony Chorus as well as the role of Frost in the new recording of Stephen Colantti’s children’s opera The Selfish Giant with the Erie Chamber Orchestra.

Dr. Perez Flora has also performed Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro with Operafestival di Roma, Zerlina in Don Giovanni with Opera in the Heights, and the role of Olga in Eugene Onegin with Opera Company of Middlebury to wide acclaim. Internationally known as a recitalist, Dr. Perez Flora has performed many recitals with companies across the United States and in Italy including Pittsburgh Opera, Idyllwild Festival of the Arts, Music in a Great Space, and the Pittsburgh Song Collaborative and with the Associazione Musicale Tito Gobbi. She has most recently created a Cuban Song Recital featuring Cuban composers, poets and collaborators that has been enthusiastically received by audiences.

Additional engagements include Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass and Bach’s Cantata BWV 4 with the Southeastern Ohio Symphony Orchestra, a concert in NYC with the Jupiter Chamber Symphony Players of Alkan’s Marcia funerale morte d’un pappagallo, and a New Year’s Eve performance with the North State Symphony. Upcoming roles include Flora in La Traviata with the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, Eunice in A Streetcar Named Desire with Opera Company of Middlebury as well as concerts featuring Ms. Perez Flora as the mezzo-soprano soloist in Beethoven’s 9th symphony with the University of Redlands, West Side Story highlights with the Reno Philharmonic, and a concert with Cuban composer Leo Brouwer at Buffalo State.

Dr. Perez Flora holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts from Ohio State University, a Master of Music in Opera Theater from Arizona State University and a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Northern Arizona University. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Voice at the University of Nevada, Reno, and is the president of the Reno chapter of the National Association of Teacher’s of Singing (NATS).

Repertoire

ROLES PERFORMED
Composer Role Work Company Year
Puccini Suzuki Madama Butterfly Erie Chamber Orchestra 2016
Purcell Second Witch/Dido (cover) Dido and Aeneas Opera Company of Middlebury 2015
Mozart Third Lady Die Zauberflöte Erie Chamber Orchestra 2015
Verdi Flora La traviata Opera Company of Middlebury 2014
Falla Trujaman El Retablo de Maese Pedro Newark-Granville Symphony Orchestra 2014
Puccini Suzuki Madama Butterfly Opera Columbus 2013
Tchaikovsky Olga Eugene Onegin Opera Company of Middlebury 2013
Bizet Carmen Carmen: A One-Act Opéra Comique Ohio State Opera 2013
Verdi Mistress Quickly Falstaff Ohio State Lyric Theater 2012
Mozart Donna Elvira Don Giovanni Quisisana 2010
Puccini Zia Principessa Suor Angelica Lyric Opera Theatre 2009
Gilbert & Sullivan Pitti-Sing The Mikado Arizona Opera 2008
Verdi Giovanna Rigoletto Arizona Opera 2008
Mozart Third Lady Die Zauberflöte Arizona Opera 2008
Verdi Annina La traviata Arizona Opera 2008
Moreno Torroba Luisa Fernanda Luisa Fernanda Lyric Opera Theatre 2007
J. Strauss II Ida/Orlofsky (cover) Die Fledermaus Arizona Opera 2007
Bizet Carmen Carmen Amarillo Opera 2007
Mozart Zerlina Don Giovanni Opera in the Heights 2007
R. Strauss Komponist Ariadne auf Naxos Lyric Opera Theatre 2007
Puccini Zita Gianni Schicchi Opera New Jersey 2006
Ching Zita Buoso’s Ghost (east coast premiere) Opera New Jersey 2006
Mozart Dorabella (cover) Così fan tutte Opera New Jersey 2006
González-Medina Señorita/Nanita How Nanita Learned to Make Flan Muddy River Opera 2006
Bizet Mercédès Carmen Arizona Opera 2005
Mozart Marcellina/Cherubino (cover) Le nozze di Figaro Operafestival di Roma 2005
Rossini Tisbe La cenerentola Arizona Opera 2004
SUGGESTED REPERTOIRE
Composer Role Work
Adamo Jo, Meg, Marmee Little Women
Britten Lucretia The Rape of Lucretia
Humperdinck Hansel Hansel und Gretel
Massenet Charlotte Werther
Sondheim Beggar Woman Sweeney Todd
Vaughan Williams Maurya Riders to the Sea
Verdi Meg Page Falstaff
ORATORIO/CONCERT
Composer Work
Bach Christmas Oratorio
Bach Mass in B minor
Beethoven Mass in C
Beethoven Missa Solemnis
Beethoven Symphony No. 9
Berlioz Les nuits d’été
Duruflé Requiem
Falla El Amor Brujo
Handel Messiah
Haydn Lord Nelson Mass
Mahler Rückert Lieder
Montsalvatge Cinco Canciones Negras
Mozart Requiem
Mozart Vesperae Solennes de Confessore
Respighi Il Tramonto
Rossini Stabat Mater
Saint-Saëns Christmas Oratorio
Verdi Requiem
Vivaldi Gloria

In The Press

MADAMA BUTTERFLY

“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

LA BELLE ÉPOQUE CABARET (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

THE MIKADO

“Pitti-sing (Olga Perez)…displayed [a] firm, pleasant voice and lively poise onstage.” – Opera News

“…memorable vocal and comic turns from Olga Perez as Pitti-Sing…” – Arizona Daily Star

DON GIOVANNI

“Olga Perez invests Zerlina with a bright soprano and fetching manner, correct for an operatic ingenue.” – Houston Chronicle

GIANNI SCHICCHI/BUOSO’S GHOST

“The relatives are all impressive, in particular, Olga Perez as Zita” – Princeton Packet

CARMEN

“Olga Perez sang with smoky tones and proved to be a dependable companion for Carmen.” – International News/Opera Japonica