Internationally Acclaimed Soprano Elaine Alvarez Returns Home to Miami in a Solo Recital for Orchestra Miami
œThe Two Elaine's take the stage, as Orchestra Miami presents internationally renowned soprano Elaine Alvarez in recital with Orchestra Miami Artistic Director Elaine Rinaldi . Both artists were born, raised and educated in Miami. Since making her break-out debut with the Lyric Opera of Chicago in 2007, Elaine Alvarez has been stunning audiences at the world's major opera houses with her artistry and lush lyric voice.
Alvarez has been mentored and trained by the top artists in the world, including soprano Renata Scotto and Marilyn Horne. A finalist in the 2006 Placido Domingo Operalia Competition, Alvarez made international headlines with her critically acclaimed, 11th hour debut as Mimi in the Lyric Opera of Chicago's production of La Boheme. A succession of debuts quickly followed in major opera houses around the world, most notably on tour with Maestro Riccardo Muti, assuring her place as one of America's most promising operatic stars. Most recently, Alvarez has been featured on the Howard Stern Show as the Opera Assistant, bringing opera to new audiences through unconventional means.
œI can't tell you how much I love to work with Elaine says Artistic Director Elaine Rinaldi. œShe is a true artist. Her musicality, intelligence and great personality make her a pleasure to work with. I'm thrilled to bring her home for this performance.
The program focuses on songs of the Romantic period and features a variety of compositions by Bizet, Liszt, Turina, Villa-Lobos, Strauss, Lecuona and Sanchez de Fuentes. The performance will also feature projected translations of the texts in English and Spanish. Orchestra Miami thanks the Yamaha Piano Music Center for providing the piano for this performance.
The recital will be on Friday, February 8, 2013 at 8:00 PM at Pinecrest Gardens' Banyan Bowl, located at 11000 SW 57 Avenue, Pinecrest, FL 33156 (free on-site parking available). Tickets are $25 and $30 reserved seating, Senior tickets are $20 and student tickets are available for $5. Tickets may be purchased through BrownPaperTickets.com, or by calling 1-800-838-3006 or through OrchestraMiami.org. For more information, please call (305) 274-2103 or visit www.OrchestraMiami.org.
Program for February 8, 2013
Elaine Alvarez, Soprano
Elaine Rinaldi, Piano
Ouvre ton Coeur
Es muss ein Wunderbares sein
Tres Poemas, Op. 81
Tu pupila es azul
Besa el aura
Four Songs, Op. 27
Ruhe, meine Seele
Bacchianas Brasileiras N. 5
EstÃ¡s en mi corazÃ³n
Por eso, te quiero (1895-1963)
Eduardo Sanchez de Fuentes
œAnother 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 bohÃ¨me in 2007. Alvarez has since gone on to debut at major theaters around the world with celebrated performances in La rondine with Oper Frankfurt, in La traviata at the Bayerische Staatsoper and most notably, as soprano soloist in Rossini's Stabat Mater under the baton of Maestro Riccardo Muti with the Orchestra e Coro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino on tour in Italy and Greece. Career highlights include her Carnegie Hall debut as a featured artist in the Marilyn Horne Foundation's Annual Recital, debuts at the Kennedy Center and Frankfurt's Alte Oper, and her much-anticipated Florida Grand Opera debut in her hometown as Micaela in Carmen. In June of 2013, she will sing the title role in Rappacini's Daughter by Daniel CatÃ¡n for the Gotham Chamber Opera. Future engagements include her debut with the New World Symphony, and leading roles with the Opera National de Bordeaux and the Boston Lyric Opera. 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. In addition to her stage career, Elaine has recently been featured as the œOpera Assistant on the Howard Stern show, bringing opera to new audiences in unconventional ways.
Conductor Elaine Rinaldi is fast making her mark among the ranks of rising young American conductors. Critics have called her performances œbrilliant and her interpretative work œimpeccable. As Founder and Artistic Director of Orchestra Miami, Rinaldi has brought a new level of professionalism and quality to the local arts scene. In addition to her work with Orchestra Miami, Rinaldi is much in demand as a recitalist and vocal coach. She has had the privilege of working with many of the world's most important opera singers, accompanying extensively in their master classes and lessons. Several of the artists with whom she worked closely are Renato Capecchi, Nico Castel, Sherrill Milnes, Mignon Dunn, Renata Scotto, Juan Pons, Judith Blegen and Dodi Protero, as well as Franco Corelli, Sena Jurinacs, Theo Adam, Maestro Horst Stein, Dolores Ziegler and James King. This important work has contributed to her versatility and her status as one of the most sought after vocal coaches in opera today. She has prepared and performed with many of opera's rising talents, including Russell Thomas and Elizabeth Caballero, and will accompany Korean soprano Yunah Lee on recital tour in Japan in 2013.