From: Xalapa, Mexico. LA Opera: Aurora and Calliope in The Death of Orpheus (2020); Jeannette in The Anonymous Lover (2020); Tisbe in Cinderella (2021); Love in The Three Women of Jerusalem. She is an alumna of the Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program (2019-22).
In September 2019, Mexican mezzo-soprano Gabriela Flores sang the title role in Carmen with Universidad de Xalapa and Armado Mora Producciones in Xalapa.
She studied at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia with Bill Schuman. There she made her debut as Azucena in Il Trovatore under the baton of Christofer Macatsoris. At AVA she has also performed such roles as Erda in Das Rheingold, Dryad in Ariadne auf Naxos, Annina in La Traviata, the Mistress of Novices in Suor Angelica, the Third Wood Sprite in Rusalka, Dorabella in Così fan tutte and Stéphano in Roméo et Juliette.
Prior to her performances in Philadelphia, she performed in renowned theaters in Mexico including the Palacio de Bellas Artes, where she sang Giannetta in L’elisir d’amore, Maddalena in Il viaggio a Reims, and Alisa in Lucia di Lammermoor. Other roles she has performed include Amastre in Xerxes with Oberlin in Italy, Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana with Mexico’s National Conservatory, the Monitor in Suor Angelica with Artescenica, Carmelita in Jimenez Mabarak’s Misa de seis with the Oaxaca Symphony Orchestra, Baucis in Haydn’s Philemon und Baucis, and Rosita in Derbez’s La Creciente in its world premiere at the Festival Internacional Cervantino, both with Estudio Ópera de Bellas Artes.
Ms. Flores’ concert appearances include Handel’s Messiah with the Politecnico Nacional Symphony Orchestra, Mozart’s Requiem with Celaya Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Yucatán Symphony Orchestra, Haydn’s Die sieben letzten worte unseres Erlösers am Kreuze with Mexico’s National Symphony Orchestra and Dvořák’s Stabat Mater with Xalapa Symphony Orchestra, and the opera gala “Voces del Siglo XXI” conducted by Srba Dinic at the Palacio de Bellas Artes.
She was a finalist in the renowned Mexican competition “Concurso Nacional de Canto Carlo Morelli” in 2012, also she is an encouragement award winner in the Middle Atlantic Regional Auditions of Metropolitan Opera National Council.
Ms. Flores started her vocal studies under Professor Armando Mora and earned a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from the University of Veracruz. She was also a resident artist at Estudio Ópera de Bellas Artes (2014-2016) and at SIVAM (2016-2017).