- Where were you born and raised?
I was born in Havana, Cuba. I came to the USA when I was a child in the 1980 Mariel boat lift. I was raised in Miami, Florida (the other Cuba).
- What is in your ideal picnic basket?
Prosecco and red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting.
- My most memorable moment performing outside was…
Singing “Stridono lassù” (Nedda’s aria in Pagliacci), where she sings about being free as a bird. I started the aria, which begins with her singing about hearing the birds, and as the next section began, birds flew right in front of me. If we had planned for that to happen, it wouldn’t have been as perfect. It was a truly surreal moment. Love that aria, love that role!!
- My favorite outdoor performance I’ve attended was…
In 1995 I got to hear Luciano Pavarotti singing in an outdoor concert in Miami Beach. His “Nessun Dorma” is still engraved in my memory.
- My favorite summertime activity is…
Walking my dog child, Schumie and seeing him play in the dog park with other pups.
- My ideal vacation is…
I love going to art museums and then having a nice dinner afterwards. However, on my bucket list, I want to do a backpacking tour of all of Italy, from top to bottom, “roughing” it for a month, maybe two.
Bonus: one question you wish someone would ask you.
Hmmmmm. I don’t have a question really. Just some advice for young artists in school now for performing arts. Things I wish someone would have told me when I was in their shoes.
1. Take a business course to help you manage your business.
2. Do not ever defer on your student loans. EVER. At least pay the interest if you defer on them or you will regret it. BIG TIME.
3. Pay your estimated tax payments quarterly. It will sting less at the end of the year.
4. I’m going to repeat it again. Take a business course.
Find out more about Elizabeth and our other Opera in the Park 2018 Artists, and don’t miss hearing her perform on July 21 at 8pm in Garner Park!