A lustrous

 

 soprano voice 

-SOUTH FLORIDA CLASSICAL REVIEW

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). Most recently she won Third Prize at the Gerda Lissner Foundation International Competition's Zarzuela & Operetta Division and subsequently made her Carnegie Hall debut singing in the winner's concert. In the Fall she looks forward to beginning her Artist Diploma in Opera Studies at the Juilliard School.

 

In the 2021/2022 season, she debuted the role of Musetta in La Bohème with Vero Beach Opera and was featured as a guest artist in their Parlor Concert Series. Additionally, she joined Principal Organist of the Madison Symphony Orchestra and Curator of the Overture Concert Organ, Greg Zelek, for a program of cabaret style works for voice and organ. 

 

Recent operatic credits include Rosalba in Florencia en el Amazonas ​with Pensacola Opera, Contessa Almaviva in ​Le Nozze di Figaro ​with Miami Summer Music Festival, and Mother in Michael Ching’s world premiere of ​Birthday Clown ​with​ ​Savannah Voice Festival where she has been seen and featured in several concerts and recitals.

wonderful as 

 Musetta

-CLASSICAL VOICE OF NORTH CAROLINA

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 ButterflyAntonia in Man of La ManchaYoung 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 Contessa and 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

 taxing role."

-SOUTH FLORIDA CLASSICAL REVIEW

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 

 alluring soprano,

brought sensitivity to

 

Epiphany." 

-WALLSTREET JOURNAL

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 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, Ewa Iżykowska and 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. She has received awards and accolades from the Metropolitan Opera Competition and the Vero Beach Opera Rising Stars Competition. 

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