In Review: Elaine Alvarez & Catherine Martin in "Don Carlos" with Maryland Lyric Opera
During the 2022-2023 season, Cuban-American soprano Elaine Alvarez appears in the title role of Suor Angelica with Opera Omaha and joins Atlanta Opera for Madama Butterfly. Concert engagements include Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 for Idaho Falls Symphony, Bruckner’s Te Deum for South Florida Symphony, a debut with Orchestra Iowa for her first performances of the Verdi Requiem, and a featured recital at the historic Dock Street Theater in Charleston, South Carolina for Holy City Arts & Lyric Opera (HALO). Ms. Alvarez will also collaborate once again with the Sphinx Organization for a special performance of Undine Smith Moore's Scenes from the Life of a Martyr, an oratorio on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., featuring the Exigence Vocal Ensemble and the Eugene Concert Choir & Orchestra at the Hult Center for Performing Arts in Eugene, Oregon. The 2021-2022 season featured Ms. Alvarez in back-to-back company debuts in Verdi masterpieces as Violetta Valéry in La traviata with Fort Worth Opera, Desdemona in Otello for Livermore Valley Opera and Elisabetta di Valois in Don Carlo for Maryland Lyric Opera, followed by her company debut with Chautauqua Opera as the title role in Tosca. Additional engagements for the 21/22 season included performances of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 for Orchestra Miami and the Jacksonville Symphony, as well as a concert appearance celebrating Fort Worth Opera’s 75th Anniversary Season.
Other notable engagements have featured Alvarez in numerous role and house debuts of iconic leading ladies including the title role of Aïda for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Riccardo Muti, Tosca with Choregies d’Orange and Opera de Oviedo; Mimì in La bohème for the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Opera National de Bordeaux, Teatro Carlo Felice and Oper Frankfurt, among others; La traviata for Munich's Bayerische Staatsoper, Oper Leipzig and Theater St Gallen; Magda in La rondine for Oper Frankfurt; Kat’a Kabanova with Boston Lyric Opera; the title role in Florencia en el Amazonas for San Diego Opera; the title role in Cecilia Valdes for Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid; major Verdi debuts as Elvira in Ernani, Hélène in the rarely produced Jerusalem, and the title role of Aïda for Opera Royal de Wallonie, as well as her first foray into the bel canto repertoire as Donizetti's infamous Tudor Queen, Anna Bolena, in Liege and on tour at the Royal Opera House Muscat.