Cuban-American soprano Elaine Alvarez burst onto the international opera scene in 2007, making a break-out company debut with her soulful portrayal of Mimi in Puccini’s La bohème at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Conducted by Sir Andrew Davis and directed by Renata Scotto, critics were unanimous with praise: “Conveying lyric pathos seems to come as naturally to Alvarez as breathing” (Chicago Tribune). Characterized by a distinct “buffed bronze soprano” (Opera News), Alvarez has blossomed into a true spinto d’agilita, delivering performances rich with “melting, voluminous sound” (Frankfurter Allgemeine), “spectacular agility” (Opera World Magazine), and “a profoundly genuine sentimentality” (Miami Herald).


In June of 2019, Ms. Alvarez made a stunning 11th hour debut as Aïda under the baton of legendary Maestro Riccardo Muti, marking her debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Elaine previously joined Maestro Muti on tour with the Ravenna Festival Italy and the Orchestra e Coro Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in concert performances of Rossini’s Stabat Mater. Other notable engagements have featured Alvarez in numerous role and house debuts of iconic leading ladies including Tosca with Choregies d’Orange and Opera de Oviedo; Kat’a Kabanova with Boston Lyric Opera; a return to Mimi for Opera National de Bordeaux; a much anticipated role and house debut for San Diego Opera as Florencia en el Amazonas; major Verdi debuts as Elvira in Ernani, Hélène in the rarely produced Jerusalem, and the title role of Aïda under the baton of long-time collaborator Speranza Scappucci for Opera Royal de Wallonie, with a return to ORW for her first foray into the bel canto repertoire as Donizetti’s infamous Tudor Queen, Anna Bolena. The 2019-2020 season will feature a return to Anna Bolena at the Royal Opera House Muscat on tour with Opera Royal de Wallonie; the title role in Cecilia Valdez with the iconic Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid; a featured soloist debut with the Sphinx Virtuosi Ensemble of Manuel de Falla’s Siete Canciones Populares for voice and chamber orchestra; a house debut as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with Minnesota Opera; Beethoven’s Symphony No 9 with Jacksonville Symphony; and a company debut as Tosca for Chautauqua Opera.

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At the behest of Ricard Muti, Elaine Alvarez has been asked to step in last minute for an ailing colleague to sing the remaining performances of Verdi’s “Aïda” with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The performances, which mark Ms. Alvarez’s CSO debut, are June 23rd and...


"L’interprétation très exigeante de la partition acrobatique d’Aïda a été mise en vedette par Elaine Alvarez, pleinement engagée, qui a incarné les complexités théâtrales du personnage principal avec un équilibre dramatique et un lyrisme époustouflants.“/ "The very dem...


"But the most magical element of all in Daniel Catán’s magical-realism opera is the singing.Soprano Elaine Alvarez is stunning in her role debut as Florencia, a world-famous but heartbroken opera singer returning to the wilds of her native Brazil to find her lost love....


"the Cuban-American soprano Elaine Alvarez, already heard last season in Ernani, prevails progressively in the role of Helene through to the very end of the performance, both on the strictly vocal level as well as in her expressive intensity: she offers a brilliant exe...


"Soprano Elaine Alvarez was radiant as the consumptive seamstress Mimi. With long, silvery phrases and crystalline high notes, she enchanted her lover, the poet Rodolfo in Act I. Her dark, poignant tones as she struggled against death in Act IV were heartbreaking." 

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