Mariana Ramirez, Soprano
Mariana Ramirez’s voice has been recognized for its “rich quality and clarity” and her performance of Antonia in Tales of Hoffman was acclaimed by Harbor Independent News as “the evening’s standout with her warm, luxurious voice.” This Fall, Ms. Ramirez is excited to be performing in Independent Opera Company’s Reopening Gala under the direction of Galina Barskaya. She will also be performing in Schubert’s Mass in G and in the Act II of Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro in concert as well as Beethoven’s Mass in C with the Laudamus Te Singers and Orchestra under the direction of Dr. James Vail. Next year, she will be performing the role of Micaela in Carmen by Bizet.
Ms. Ramirez has performed the roles of Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet by Gounod and Sylva Varescu in Kálmán’s operetta, The Gypsy Princess with Independent Opera Company. Other leading operatic roles performed include Cleopatra in Handel’s Giulio Cesare. Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus, Adina in L’elisir d’Amore, The Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro, Manon in Massenet’s Manon, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Rose in Kurt Weill’s Street Scene, Musetta in La Bohème, the title role in the zarzuela, Louisa Fernanda by Torroba and more.
Mariana received her Master of Music degree with distinction at California State University Northridge and Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance Cum Laude. In addition to her university studies and private study with John Glenn Paton and Jonathan Mack, Mariana has studied intensively with Carlo Bergonzi in the Bergonzi Masterclass and Workshop and with Armen Guzelimian in Thriving Creative Artists Opera Performance Intensive Workshop. Ms. Ramirez has participated in masterclasses with Barbara Bonney, Roberta Alexander, Daniel Helfgot, Erie Mills, Elly Ameling (alternate participant), Carolyn James, Carol Yahr, Judy Natalucci and Carol Vaness. She is a National Semi-Finalist of the Loren Zachary Competition, a winner of the Nancy Hooker Vocal Competition, and a vocal scholarship recipient of the Society of Singers Award.