Cuban-‐Puerto Rican soprano Megan Barrera is a native of Miami Florida, and is an active performer of both opera and concert repertoire. This year Ms. Barrera is the first prizewinner of the Certamen Nuevas Voces Ciudad de Sevilla, Spain Competition. She is also a prize winner of the Concorso Lirico Premio Koliqi in Milan, Italy and the Vissi D’arte Competition in the Czech Republic. In 2017, Ms. Barrera was the first prize winner of the Saint Petersburg Opera Guild Competition in Florida and the Rochester Oratorio Society Classical Idol Competition in New York. In 2016, Ms. Barrera was awarded the Munday Encouragement Award at the Jensen Foundation Vocal Competition.
She has also been awarded a grant from the Anna Sosenko Assist Trust. Her artistic affiliations include: Sarasota Opera (Apprentice, 2016), Vero Beach Opera, Miami Lyric Opera, Wichita Grand Opera, Operá Louisiane, Florida Grand Opera, and Miami’s Distilled Opera; of which Megan is a founding member. Megan is a graduate of the University of Miami (BM), and Louisiana State University (MM, DMA), where she was the recipient of a full tuition scholarship.
“Pero fue la norteamericana de origen Cubano y portorriqueño Megan Barrera quien logró el favor del jurado, con un canto muy expresivo, amplia facilidad para modular y sorprendentes cambios de registro…la entonó una retorcida pieza de la ópera de Daniel Catán Florencia en el Amazonas.”—el Correo de Andalucia 2018 Translation: But it was the Cuban Puerto Rican American Megan Barrera who won the favor of the judges, with very expressive singing, ample facility to modulate and surprising register changes…she sang a complicated piece from Daniel Catán’s opera Florencia en el Amazonas.
“As Berta, Megan Barrera was a scene stealer, her crotchety, sneezing persona consistently greeted by laughter. Barrera’s voice was equally enchanting in her brief aria.”—South Florida Classical Review 2017 “Megan Barrera, cantante local, brilló en su única aria, lo que le ganó merecidos aplausos.”—El Nuevo Herald 2017. Translation: “Megan Barrera, local singer, shined in her only aria, that won her well-‐deserved applause.” “Megan Barrera sang Donna Anna with an equally big, warmer voice that showed off the expansive top she demonstrated in her rendition of Cole Porter’s “So In Love” during the opening-‐night concert. In “Or sai chi l’onore,” she built admirably from the recitative into the indignant, vengeful outburst, and in “Non mi dir, bell’idol mio,” the basic generosity of her voice was keenly evident…[a] fine singer…[who] earned huge ovations from the audience Sunday afternoon at curtain call.” —Palm Beach Arts Paper 2015 “Barrera, muy joven, tiene todas las cualidades para lograr una brillante carrera y fue muy ovacionada por el público por su entrega de la sufrida doña.” –El Nuevo Herald 2015 Translation: “Barrera, very young, has all the qualities to achieve a brilliant career and it was acclaimed by the public for her delivery of the suffering Donna.” “Soprano Megan Barrera, in her role as Norina, demonstrated an impressive range and great projection…her acting was colorful and she definitely brought great personality to her role.” –The Wichita Eagle 2012