Mezzo-soprano Jossie Pérez’s voice has been described as “a big smoky, mezzo-soprano with strong chest voice, expansive range and striking power all the way up to clarion top notes.” Her interpretation of the title role in Carmen was recently seen in Teatro Colon Argentina Buenos Aires Argentina ,Teatro Liceu Barcelona Spain, Colombia Bogota, Shanghai China, Beijing Chinaas well as with Seiji Ozawa at the Saito Kinen Festival in Japan. She will also be performing Carmen in Madrid Spain at The Teatro de la Zarsuela. Ms. Pérez had debuted Carmen with the Boston Lyric Opera where she performed in Boston Common for an audience of over 150,000 people. Other past performances include Portland Opera, Teatro de la Opera in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Les Amis du Lyrique en Bretagne in France.
For the 2009 – 2010 season, Ms. Pérez was Cloe in L’arbore di Diana at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona and Teatro Real de Madrid, and returned to Barcelona in the 2010 – 2011 season. Other recent engagements for the Puerto Rican mezzo-soprano have included performances of Prince Orlovski in Die Fledermaus Opera Oviedo, Spain, Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro at Gran Teatre del Liceu, Maddalena in Rigoletto with Portland Opera, Charlotte in Werther in Seville under the baton of Michel Plasson, Sesto in La clemenza di Tito at the Liceu in Barcelona, Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia at Michigan Opera Theatre, Isabella in L’italiana in Algeri with Opera Pacific, Annio in La clemenza di Tito with Washington National Opera, and Sifare in Mitridate in Granada, Spain as well as concerts of A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Deutsche Symphonie Orchester Berlin.
Ms. Pérez has been seen at the Metropolitan Opera in such roles as Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, the Second Lady in the premiere of Julie Taymor’s production of Die Zauberflöte, Lola in Cavalleria rusticana, Ascanio in Les Troyens, and Siébel in Faust, as well as roles in Ariadne auf Naxos, La traviata, Carmen, Hänsel und Gretel, and Parsifal. She has appeared in recital with Carol Vaness at the Casals Festival, and had successes as Maffio Orsini in Lucrezia Borgia in Oviedo, Spain, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni in San Antonio, and Dorabella in Così fan tutte in Santiago, the Spoleto Festival USA, and in Boston, as well as Idamante in Idomeneo in Washington, D.C. with Plácido Domingo. She also performed Ravel’s Chansons madecasses with James Levine and the Metropolitan Opera Chamber Ensemble at Weill Recital Hall.
Ms. Pérez was a winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the 2001 OPERALIA competition in Washington, D.C, and a Sara Tucker Study Grant from The Richard Tucker Music Foundation. She was also a member of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program.