A young soprano with richness of timbre and bel canto flexibility, Olivia Gorra is well known throughout her native Mexico, having performed with the most important orchestras and festivals in Mexico. Recently, Ms. Gorra made her Metropolitan Opera debut in the role of Liu in Puccini's Turandot. Born in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, Ms. Gorra has the distinction of being chosen by Lorin Maazel and Tito Capobianco as the winner of the TRAVIATA 2000 International Voice Competition and as such performed the title role in Verdi's La Traviata with the Pittsburgh Opera Company in 1994. Ms. Gorra made her debut with the Bellas Artes in Mexico City in the role of Violetta, which she has also performed with the Florida Grand Opera, New Orleans Opera, Sacramento Opera and Opera Southwest in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Recent and upcoming engagements include Violetta at the Bellas Artes and in San Antonio and a concert at the Bellas Artes entitled "A Concert for Life" with Jessye Norman, Uta Lemper among others, Adina in Elixir and the Three Heoirnes in Hoffmann with the Bellas Artes, Juliette in Roméo et Juliette with the Fort Worth Opera, Margueritte and Violetta with the New Orleans Opera, the title roles in Norma and La Traviata with the Fort Worth Opera and La Voix Humaine in Mexico City. In February, 2006, Ms. Gorra will make her Carnegie hall debut with the New York Pops in an evening of Italian Arias and songs. She has performed the soprano solos in Beethoven's Symphony #9 with the Tulsa and Flint Symphonies and I Puritani in Guatemala. She has also be heard as Gilda in Rigoletto in Mexico (Xalapa), a concert of Zarzuela in Guatemala, Musetta in La Bohéme in Colombia, South America and the leading role of Beatriz in Daniel Catan's Rappichini's Daughter in New York City, which was recorded for CD and released in 1997. Ms. Gorra performed in a concert of arias with Placido Domingo for the King and Queen of Spain with the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico.
Ms. Gorra was heard as the protagonist in Lucia di Lammermoor as well as the three Heroines in The Tales of Hoffmann with the Fort Worth Opera and as Mimi in La Boheme with the New Orleans Opera. She performed in an opera gala with the San Diego Symphony, was the soprano soloist in the Beethoven Missa Solemnis for the Portland Symphony and performed Mozart's Solemnes Vesperae with the Colorado Symphony and the Mass in C minor with the Oscar Chavez Symphony and will perform Verdi's Requiem. With the Bellas Artes in Mexico, Ms. Gorra was recently seen as Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi and Cunegonde in Candide.
Recent orchestral engagements include Mozart's Mass in C and Bachianas Brasileiras with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic and Britten's War Requiem with the Ofunam Philharmonic in Mexico City. Ms. Gorra appeared as the soprano soloist in Carmina Burana with the Colorado Symphony and the Long Island Symphony under the baton of Marin Alsop, as well as with the Evansville and Madison Symphonies. In May, 98, Ms. Gorra was the soprano soloist in an evening of arias and songs with tenor Andrea Bocelli which was broadcast in over 60 countries throughout the world. She performed an evening of arias with the Colorado Music Fest and appeared as the guest soloist in an evening of arias in Logan, Utah. Ms. Gorra's other orchestral credits include performances with the National Symphony Orchestra in Mexico, Mexico City Philharmonic, Orchestra of the Theater of Bellas Artes, Xalapa Symphony, Guanajuato Symphony, Opera Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra of Monterrey, Long Island Philharmonic, and Pittsburgh Symphony. Her repertoire includes the Mozart Requiem, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, Handel's Messiah, Bach's Magnificat and Orff's Carmina Burana.
In addition to her orchestral engagements, Ms. Gorra has performed with the major festivals of Mexico, including the Festival Internacional Cervantino (Guanajuato), Festival Cultural Sinaloa, Festival de la Ciudad de Mexico and the Festival del Centro Historico, and Festival International Alfonso Reyes (Monterrey).
A scholarship student at the esteemed Escuela Superior de Musica of the National Institute of Fine Arts under the direction of Antonio Gonzalez and James Demster. In addition, she studied at the Manhattan School of Music and currently works with Ruth Falcon in New York City.
Opera Carolina Performances:
Love Notes Concert & Party (2009–2010)
Pagliacci / La Vida Breve (2006–2007)