Desiree Maira, mezzo-soprano


Ms. Maira recently covered the role of Francesca in Jason Robert Brown’s The Bridges of Madison County with Media Theatre!

“Rich voiced” mezzo-soprano Desiree Maira has quickly become one of the most sought-after performers and instructors along the east coast.

Opera roles include Mistress Quickly in Falstaff, Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, the title role in Carmen, title role and Amastre in Serse, Madame in Cendrillon, the Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas, Second and Third 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 Alma Hix in The Music Man, Lucy in You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, Joanne in Godspell and Florinda in Into the Woods

Ms. Maira received second place at the Suncoast Opera Guild Competition in St. Petersburg, Florida. She also received the Encouragement Award at the Metropolitan Opera Competition in Orlando, Florida.  She has appeared as a semi-finalist in the Palm Beach Opera Competition and was a first place recipient for the Southeast Regional NATS competition. 

An avid performer of oratorio repertoire, solo performances include: Beeethoven’s Mass in C with Chatham Chorale, Handel’s Messiah and Mendelssohn’s Elijah with Clear Lakes Chorale, Messiah with Nashoba Valley Chorale and Lynn Chamber Orchestra, Mozart’s Solemn Vespers and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Nelson Mass with Fine Arts Chorale, Mozart’s Requiem with Elysium Orchestra, Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Orchestra of Indian Hill and others.

Desiree Maira holds a Master of Music degree in Opera Performance from The Boston Conservatory and a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Stetson University.  She is faculty at Boston Conservatory at Berklee and Rowan University.

photography: Sara Cohn

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