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Praised for her "lustrous soprano voice", Cuban-born soprano Evelyn Saavedra is quickly establishing herself as a “gifted young singer to watch" (South Florida Classical Review). In the 2018-2019 season Ms. Saavedra returns to Pensacola Opera to sing the role of Rosalba in Florencia en el Amazonas. In concert, she debuted with the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra appearing as a soloist in their Mozart Madness Concert. Ms. Saavedra was the recipient of an Encouragement Award in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions-Florida District, and she was one of 25 selected singers invited to travel to Poland to participate in the Karol Szymanowski International Music Competition.
In the 2017-2018 season, she returned to Pensacola Opera for her second season in the Artist in Residence Program. Here, she performed the roles of Maria in Maria de Buenos Aires, Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Antonia in Man of La Mancha, Young Alyce in Glory Denied, Sacerdotessa in Aïda and Sister Catherine in the Florida premiere of Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking, where she also covered the role of Kitty Hart. Other operatic credits include Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Rose in Street Scene, The Governess in The Turn of the Screw, Featured Dater in the world premiere of Michael Ching’s Speed Dating Tonight, and the title role in Agrippina, where she was praised for:
"coloring her vocalism expressively and tossing off the coloratura flights with zest. Saavedra seemed to understand her character and Baroque musical style, ornamenting repeats artfully.
She dominated every scene, singing with striking dramatic heft and passion,
and exhibited impressive
stamina in a long and
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In 2016 she returned to the Janiec Opera Company at the Brevard Music Center to perform the female title role of Epiphany Proudfoot in the world premiere of Falling Angel by J. Mark Scearce. The Wallstreet Journal praised her performance by stating, "Evelyn Saavedra, an
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On the concert stage she has been featured as a recitalist and soloist with The Choral Society of Pensacola singing in Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Handel’s Messiah. Other notable concert appearances include her feature as the soprano soloist in Vaughan Williams’s Serenade to Music and Symphony No. 3 with the Brevard Music Center Orchestra.
Evelyn has worked with esteemed conductors such as Grzegorz Nowak, Keith Lockhart, Jayce Ogren, Jerome Shannon and Benton Hess. She has participated in masterclasses with renowned artists such as Renée Fleming, Stephanie Blythe, David Daniels, Nicole Cabell, Emily Ann Pulley, Sherrill Milnes, Thomas Muraco, Helen Donath, Mira Zakai, Carole Farley, and Ewa Iżykowska. Most recently, she traveled to Italy to participate in the 87th annual Chigiana International Festival & Summer Academy, where she was selected to participate in masterclasses conducted by Mariella Devia.
Ms. Saavedra holds a Master's Degree in Vocal Performance & Literature from the Eastman School of Music where she received the First Prize at the Friends of Eastman Opera Competition in 2015, and a Bachelor's Degree in Vocal Performance from Florida International University.