Praised by Opera News for singing with “palpable purity” and by LA Opus for her “large, lovely, and vibrant [voice],” Colombian-American soprano Oriana Falla, 2022-2023 season includes a role debut as Adina in L’elisir d’amore with Pacific Opera Project and Opera in the Heights.
Previous engagements in the 2021-2022 season included a Concert for Peace for the Washington Concert Society and the soprano soloist for Handel's Messiah. Oriana also recorded for the soundtrack of Disney’s film Encanto. She also recorded and performed a table read of Marian, an original musical based on the life of famed contralto Marian Anderson.
In December 2020, Oriana sang Mimi in Pacific Opera Project’s drive-in performance of La Bohѐme; Opera News hailed the performance as sung with “rare clarity” and referred to her performance as having “plumbed the character’s emotional depths… the most heart wrenching moment of the performance.” In 2019, Falla made role debuts as Violetta in La Traviata with New Rochelle Opera and as the Infanta in Der Zwerg with Numi Opera Theater.
A Los Angeles native, she attended UCLA, where she studied with renowned baritone Vladimir Chernov. There she was the featured soprano soloist for Vaughan William’s Dona Nobis Pacem in Royce Hall, Orff's Carmina Burana with the UCLA Philharmonia ,and La Fée in Massenet’s Cendrillon. She is an Opera Buffs’ grant recipient and sang the role of Frasquita in Bizet’s Carmen with them. Falla is a soloist with the Long Beach Camerata singers where she sang Orff’s Carmina Burana and Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem. Oriana currently studies voice with internationally acclaimed soprano Joyce El-Khoury.
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Mezzo-soprano Kelly Guerra makes her Opera Omaha debut in Suor Angelica as La Zelatrice. Most recently, she performed the title role in Astor Piazzolla’s María de Buenos Aires with Kentucky Opera, reprised the role of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Derrick Wang’s comic opera Scalia/Ginsburg at the Princeton Festival, debuted with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under the baton of John Adams in the Noon to Midnight Contemporary Festival, and premiered Katherine Balch’s orchestral song cycle Illuminate with the California Symphony. In the 2021-2022 season she toured …(Iphigenia) by Wayne Shorter and Esperanza Spalding, appearing as Iphigenia Unbound. Upcoming engagements include Cruzar la Cara de la Luna with West Edge Opera and a return to the Princeton Festival as Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia.
A strikingly versatile performer, Kelly feels at home with many styles and eras of vocal music from Mozart to Héctor Lavoe. Kelly was lauded as “brilliant” by the Santa Barbara Independent for her performance as Lupita in the mariachi opera Cruzar la Cara de la Luna with Opera Santa Barbara (2021).
Guerra won first place in Santa Barbara’s Performing Arts Scholarship Foundation competition in 2018, prior to her residency as a Young Artist with the Opera Santa Barbara Chrisman studio, where she prepared the roles of Suzuki (Madama Butterfly), Donna Rosa (ll Postino) and Stéphano (Roméo et Juliette). Also in 2018, Kelly was a recipient of a travel grant to Germany for language study from the Max Kade Foundation while completing her DMA at UC Santa Barbara. There Guerra "created a sensation" (BravoCalifornia) singing the role of Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro.
As a recitalist, Guerra has been featured at the Lucerne Festival, the Tanglewood Music Center, and the Bard Music Festival. Guerra has performed as a soloist with several ensembles including the Albany Symphony, Santa Barbara Symphony, Opera Hispánica, Garden State Philharmonic, The Orchestra Now, Contemporaneous, Opera Parallèle and BluePrint.
She holds a D.M.A from UC Santa Barbara, her master’s in music from the Bard College Conservatory, and her bachelor’s from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she graduated with an award of Vocal Excellence.
A first-generation American and native of Southern California, Kelly champions Spanish language repertoire to welcome more diverse audiences into the concert hall.kellyguerramezzo.com
2019-20 Chrisman Studio Artist
Mexican-Venezuelan American BariTenor Bernardo Bermudez has been praised for his exceptional vocal range. His repertoire and roles have expanded to recently include Pleasure in the world premiere of The Romance of The Rose by Kate Soper, as well as both the roles of Laurentino and Mark in Cruzar la Cara De La Luna, and Don Jose in Carmen, among others. He has had the opportunity to perform in a variety of productions and concerts with esteemed companies such as San Diego Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Long Beach Opera, Anchorage Opera, Portland Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, El Paso Opera, Pacific Opera Project, Opera North, Union Avenue Opera, The San Diego Symphony, La Jolla Symphony, and Livermore Valley Opera.
Bermudez’s notable roles include Diego Rivera in Frida, Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire, Danilo in The Merry Widow, the title role in Don Giovanni, Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, and Vidal in Luisa Fernanda. He has also participated in several Summer Festivals, including Opera North, Opera NEO, and The Music Academy of the West.
Bernardo’s passion for music has not gone unnoticed, as he has been recognized with several notable awards and grants including, The Opera Buffs grant, semifinalist in the Loren L. Zachary Competition, most recently he received the Music Academy of the West Alumni Enterprise Award in 2019 and 2020.
Apart from his accomplishments as an opera singer, Bermudez is a co-founder of Opera4Kids, a non-profit organization that aims to inspire young minds through live vocal and classical music performances, as well as digital programming. This organization seeks to make Classical music and Opera accessible to all, regardless of their socio-economic background. For further information, please visit www.Opera4Kids.com.