Jossie Pérez
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Mezzo-soprano  
New England First Place Winner, 1999  
National Council Winner 1999

 

Since her 2002 triumph  in her role debut as Boston Lyric Opera’s “Carmen on the Common,” Jossie Pérez has made Bizet’s gypsy her signature, most recently last season in the Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid. Earlier the mezzo took on the role at the Gran Teatro Liceu in Barcelona, the Teatro Colon Buenos Aires, the Teatro Mayor in Bogota, Colombia, the Teatro de la Opera in San Juan, and the Ópera de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, as well as with Les Amis du Lyrique en Bretagne in France, at the China National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing, and at the Saito Kinen Festival in Japan under Seiji Ozawa. Closer to home, Jossie was Carmen with the San Diego, Portland, Arizona, and Connecticut Operas.

 

A native of Carolina, Puerto Rico, Jossie moved to Orlando at fifteen, discovering opera as a teenager and becoming a member of the Orlando Opera chorus. After high school the mezzo studied at the New England Conservatory of Music, where she took her first official voice lessons. In her Junior year, after winning the Met Auditions, she became a member of the company's prestigious Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. She made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Mercédès in Carmen and sang fourteen other roles, including Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, the Second Lady in Die Zauberflöte, Lola in Cavalleria rusticana, Ascanio in Les Troyens, and Siébel in Faust, as well as smaller roles in Ariadne auf Naxos, La traviata, and Parsifal.

 

Aa a mezzo Jossie has often found herself in pants roles, including Cherubino (Met, Gran Teatre Liceu in Barcelona, San Antonio Opera), Idamante in Idomeneo and Annio in La clemenza di Titoat Washington Opera, Sesto in that opera at the Liceu, Sifare in Mozart’s Mitridate, re di Ponto at the Granada Festival, Maffio Orsini in Lucrezia Borgia and Prince Orlofski in Die Fledermaus with Spain’s Ópera Oviedo, and the Page in Salome at San Diego Opera. The mezzo has also appeared as Suzuki in Madama Butterfly in Barcelona, Charlotte in Werther at the Teatro de La Maestranza in Seville, and Cloe in Martin y Soler’s L’Arbore di Diana in Madrid and Barcelona. Closer to home, Jossie has joined Portland Opera as Maddalena in Rigoletto, Michigan Opera Theatre as Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Opera Pacific (WA) as Isabella in L’italiana in Algeri, and San Antonio Opera as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni. She was also Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte in Santiago, Chile, at the Spoleto Festival USA, and with the Boston Youth Symphony.

 

Josie Pérez was a winner of the Zarzuela Prize at the 2001 Operalia competition in Washington, and of a Sara Tucker Study Grant from The Richard Tucker Music Foundation.

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