Rachele Schmiege

Mezzo-soprano Felicia Gavilanes is a recent Jane and Steven Akin Emerging Artist with Boston Lyric Opera.  Roles with BLO include The Double in Poul Ruder’s The Handmaid’s Tale, Rosina (cover) in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Rosina in The Barber of Seville outreach, and Cherubino (cover) and First Bridesmaid in Le Nozze di Figaro.  Recent company debuts in the U.S. and abroad include Odyssey Opera, Teatro Lírico Nacional de Cuba (Dido in Dido and Aeneas), Winter Opera St. Louis (Zulma in L’Italiana in Algeri), Gulfshore Opera, Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, Tallahassee Community Chorus and Orchestra, and Fine Arts Chorale.

Other operatic roles include Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Mrs. DeRocher in Dead Man Walking, Flora in La Traviata, Baba the Turk in The Rake’s Progress, Asakir in Sumeida’s Song, and Tisbe in La Cenerentola.

Recent concert performances include Maria in Respighi’s “Lauda per la natività del signore,” Alto Soloist in Haydn’s “Paukenmesse,” Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Vivaldi Gloria, Queen Jezebel/Angel in Mendelssohn’s “Elijah,” and numerous recital engagements with Boston Lyric Opera. Inspired by foreign languages and travel, Felicia has been featured in engagements from the Gran Teatro de la Habana to the Staatstheater Darmstadt to the Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere, Rome.

Felicia is a recent finalist in the MetroWest Opera Vocal Competition for Emerging Artists, a prize winner of Mobile Opera’s Madame Rose Competition and a recipient of prestigious fellowships including the Beaulieu Award in Opera, the Gallaher Award, and the Edith S. Joel Fellowship in Opera.

A dual citizen of the U.S. and Italy, Felicia completed her Bachelor of Arts in Italian Literature and Music from Dartmouth College.  She received her Master of Music with Honors from the New England Conservatory and her Doctorate from Florida State University.