Written and interviewed by AVA Administrative Associate Stephen J. Trygar
The Meet the New Resident Artists! Blog Series is a sequence of Q&As designed for you to get to know our new artists. Today, we invite you to learn about our new mezzo-soprano, Monique Galvão! Ms. Galvão comes to us with a B.A. in Voice Performance from Florida International University and an A.A. in Fine Arts and Fine Arts Education from Miami-Dade College. She has performed a variety of different roles, such as Lazuli in L’Étoile and Hunter in Venus and Adonis at the FIU Opera and Aunt March in Little Women at MDC Opera Theater. For a full list of Ms. Galvão’s previous and upcoming roles and competitions, visit her biography on the AVA website!
Tell us a little bit about yourself!
“I was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where all my family is from. I moved to Paris, France in middle school then to the sunny Miami, Florida for high school. I was going to become a fashion designer before I fell in love with singing opera and decided to become a singer.”
What has been your favorite role to perform?
“Queen Aggravain from the musical Once Upon a Mattress in college. It was lots of firsts: first time on stage as a singer, first lead role, first musical comedy and first monologue! Those familiar with it know what I am talking about (the mamalogue!) It is a role that holds a special place in my heart. It set my theater foundation and made me connect with people I still keep in touch today. It also prepared me for all the powerful and sassy mezzo roles!”
What is your dream role?
“Without any doubt Carmen. She is a fascinating character to me. She is strong, fierce and stands for her convictions. I am lucky enough to say that next summer I will be singing la Carmencita in Miami. I am super thrilled to embody this character, so… Prends garde à toi!”
What made you want to get involved in opera?
“Opera came to my life in a very unexpected way. I went to school for Fine Arts with the goal of transferring to Fashion School and becoming a fashion designer. During this time I auditioned for a movie project about an opera singer. It happened that the pianist was the head of the Vocal Department of my school. She gave me her card and told me to join Opera Workshop. I never looked back!”
Tell us something interesting about yourself!
“While in Art School a good friend of mine would joke and say that I am a Renaissance woman because I love learning how to do anything related to human culture. I speak four languages fluently: Portuguese, French, English, and Spanish, and I love to read, to sew, to paint, and to workout. I hope to meet the AVA audience very soon and make music with all of you!”