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Our 50th Year

Steven Banks and Xak Bjerken
Adelaide Boedecker
Lisa Chavez
Peter and Kara Dugan
Jonathan Gentry
Joshua Horne
Dick Hyman and Robert White
Olga Kern with Vladislav Kern
Tetiana Shafran
Kevin Short
Jennifer and Christopher Takeda
Maria Wirries

Lisa Chavez

Lisa Chavez

Lisa Chavez, mezzo soprano, has been described by her "plush storm of a voice" and "graceful stage presence." She ended the 2018-2019 season originating the role of Maggie in the world premiere of Iain Bella's Stonewall with the New York City Opera. She began this season with a role debut as the witty Rosina in Sarasota Opera's production of The Barber of Seville. She returned to Sarasota to portray Fenena in Verdi's Nabucco. In 2018 she performed Carmen at the Sarasota Opera for 11 sold-out performances. Carmen is looking to become a signature role for her. Ms. Chavez made her debut with the Sarasota Opera in the iconic role of Madame de Croissy in Poulenc's Dialogues of the Carmelites as part of their 2017 winter season.

Ms. Chavez is a graduate of the Master's Degree Program at the Manhattan School of Music and was a founding member of Opera Collective, an independent opera company making Operatic repertoire accessible to all of the New York City metro area. Born in Oakland, she is a California Bay Area native and attended California State University Hayward (East Bay) where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Music.