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Desiree Maira

Dance Faculty

Originally from Palm Beach, Florida, mezzo-soprano Desiree Maira feels equally at home performing in Boston. Maira recently joined Boston Opera Collaborative (BOC) in her debut performance of the title role in Carmen (2009).

Maira has participated as a Young Artist in Seagle Music Colony, Flagstaff in Fidenza, Corso Estivo per Giovani Cantanti Lirici (Urbania, Italy) and the New York Vocal Institute. Opera roles include Zita in Gianni Schicchi, Carmen in Carmen, Serse in Serse, Madame de la Haltiere in Cendrillon, the Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas, Second Lady in The Magic Flute, Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte, Isabella in L’Italiana in Algeri, Mercy Lewis in The Crucible and Meg Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor. Other musical stage credits include Lucy in You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, Joanne in Godspell and Florinda in Into the Woods.

In 2007, Maira received the Encouragement Award at the Metropolitan Opera Competition in Orlando, Florida. She has appeared as a semi-finalist in the Junior Division Palm Beach Opera Competition in 2007 and 2009. Maira was also a first place recipient for the Southeast Regional NATS competition in 2005 and 2007.

An avid performer of oratorio repertoire, Maira’s most recent engagement with the Fine Arts Chorale featured her as a soloist in Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass and Mozart’s Solemn Vespers. She was the alto soloist in Handel’s Messiah with Nashoba Valley Chorale in 2009 after first performing Messiah in 2007 with the Lynn Chamber Orchestra of Pompano, Florida. Maira was a featured soloist for the 2007 season with the Elysium Chamber Orchestra and Chorus in Atlanta, singing Mozart’s Requiem and Vesperae solennes de Confessore. In March of 2009, she performed the role of Second Elf in Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream with the Orchestra of Indian Hill under the direction of Bruce Hangen.

Maira holds a M.M. in opera performance from The Boston Conservatory (2009) and a B.M. in vocal performance from Stetson University (2007). She earned her Massachusetts Educators License and has served as faculty for The Boston Conservatory Vocal Choral Intensive Extension Program for two consecutive summers. In the Fall of 2011, Maira will join The Boston Conservatory dance faculty as an instructor of voice for dancers.

Maira has a studio in Boston where she teaches private voice lessons. She continues to study with Dr. Rebecca Folsom and coaches with Michael Strauss.

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