Originally from Palm Beach, Florida, mezzo-soprano Desiree Maira feels equally at home performing in Boston.
In summer, 2012, Ms. Maira debuted with Ash Lawn Opera in Charlottesville, Virginia singing Zita in Gianni Schicchi, Third Lady in Die Zauberflöteand Alma Hix in The Music Man. Desiree Maira has also performed with Cape Cod Opera, Opera Providence, Connecticut Early Music Festival, Seagle Music Colony, Flagstaff in Fidenza, Corso Estivo per Giovani Cantanti Lirici and the New York Vocal Institute. Opera roles include Mistress Quickly in Falstaff, Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, the title role in Carmen, title role and Amastre in Serse, Madame in Cendrillon, the Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas, Second Lady in The Magic Flute, Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte, Isabella in L’Italiana in Algeri, Mercy Lewis in The Crucible and Meg Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor. Other musical stage credits include Lucy in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Joanne in Godspell and Florinda in Into the Woods.
In 2011, Ms. Maira received second place at the Suncoast Opera Guild Competition in St. Petersburg, Florida. She also competed as a Classical Division finalist in the Peter Elvins Vocal Competition in Belmont, Massachusetts. In 2007, Ms. Maira received the Encouragement Award at the Metropolitan Opera Competition in Orlando, Florida. She has appeared as a semi-finalist in the Palm Beach Opera Competition and was a first place recipient for the Southeast Regional NATS competition.
An avid performer of oratorio repertoire, Ms. Maira’s most recent local engagement with the Fine Arts Chorale featured her as a soloist in Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass and Mozart’s Solemn Vespers. She was the alto soloist in Handel’s Messiah with Clear Lakes Chorale, Nashoba Valley Chorale and Lynn Chamber Orchestra of Pompano Beach. Ms. Maira was a featured soloist for the 2007 season with the Elysium Orchestra and Chorus in Atlanta, singing Mozart’s Requiem and Vesperae solennes de Confessore. She has also performed the role of Second Elf in Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Orchestra of Indian Hill.
Desiree Maira holds a Master of Music degree in Opera Performance from The Boston Conservatory and a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Stetson University. She currently teaches at The Boston Conservatory as faculty and maintains a private voice studio in Boston. Desiree Maira continues to study with Dr. Rebecca Folsom and coaches with Michael Strauss.
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