Ana Maria Ugarte is a contralto, a rare voice. Her rich, deep tones are brilliantly combined with an innate dramatic ability which mirrors her striking voice.
Ana’s reprisal of Ruth in Opera Providence’s 2014 production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates Of Penzance was hailed as “wonderful”, “hilarious”, and “scene-stealing”.
In 2011, she sang The Old Lady in Lowell House Opera’s production of Bernstein’s Candide. Singing her first Old Lady, she “stole the show” (Boston Musical Intelligencer) and “was hilarious as the old Lady” (Harvard Crimson). Ms. Ugarte’s dramatic talents have been essayed in other opera roles: La Principessa in Suor Angelica, (Puccini); Mama McCourt in The Ballad of Baby Doe, (Moore); the Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas, (Purcell); the Second Lady in The Magic Flute, (Mozart); Mrs. Ott in Susannah, (Floyd); and the Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music, (Rogers and Hammerstein).
She also recently returned to the Oratorio stages, singing Handel’s Messiah in the historic Barre Opera House with The Vermont Philharmonic; and again as contralto soloist in Messiah with The Tremont Temple Baptist Church in Boston. As a concert artist, she has performed in many of the other great oratorio and orchestral works including Vivaldi’s Gloria; Israel in Egypt by G. F. Handel, Duruflé’s Requiem, and El Amor Brujo by Manuel de Falla. An innovative and energetic recitalist, she has performed at home in the U.S., and internationally: she made her international debut in La Antigua, Guatemala as guest artist at the Festival Mosaico. In 2003 she was invited by the first lady of El Salvador, Doña Lourdes de Flores to perform at both the Teatro El Presidente and the Teatro Luis Poma.
Currently, Ana is the contralto soloist at the First Baptist Church in historic Lexington, MA.