Biography

Maria Elena Armijo has been fascinated with music, performing and voice from an early age. Growing up in southern New Mexico, Elena was exposed to a vibrant multicultural community in which music and performing are a part of everyday life. Upon obtaining a Bachelors of Music degree from New Mexico State University and a Masters of Music degree from the University of Washington, Elena's journey unavoidably led her to New York City. Elena poses a unique vocal talent whose skills lend themselves easily and beautifully to a wide range of repertoire and Voice-Over work. Elena has trained with Peter Rofe at PDR Voice-Over Coaching and has become active in the Voice-Over world.

Elena's ever broadening repertoire includes Maddalena (Rigoletto), Carrie Pipperidge (Carousel), Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro), Fyodor (Boris Godunov), Lady Pamela (Fra Diavolo), Hänsel (Hänsel und Gretel), Maddalena (Rigoletto), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Amastre (Serse), Adah (The Naughty Marietta), Second Woman (Dido and Aeneas), Annina (La Traviata), Angelina (La Cenerentola), Stéphano (Roméo et Juliette), The Second Witch (Dido and Aeneas), Mercédès (Carmen), and Marianne (The Cat That Turned into a Woman), Aminta (Il Re Pastore), L'Enfant (L'Enfant et les Sortiléges), Third Lady (Die Zauberflöte), Venus (Orphée aux Enfers), and Zita (Gianni Schicchi).

Concert appearances for Elena include the world premiere of The Music of Georgia Shreve and Alvin Singleton at Carnegie Hall with Ideation Productions and a soloist in the Tweetheart Concert with Sympho Orchestra. Elena is equally at home singing Pops concerts and has been seen as the soloist in a Christmas Pops celebration with the Traverse Symphony Orchestra. Oratorio work for Elena include Prokofiev's Alexander Nevsky, Haydn Mass in Time of War, Mozart's Requiem, Mozart's Solemn Vespers, Bach's Cantata 156 and Bach's St. John's Passion. Elena has also appeared as a guest soloist for the Golden Key Music Institute Recital Series, Gateway Music Society and the El Paso Summer Music Festival.

Elena has sung with companies throughout the United States and Europe. Some of these include Salt Marsh Opera, Dona Ana Symphony Orchestra, Utah Festival of Musical Theater and Opera, Riverfront Opera, Bronx Opera, Pocket Opera of New York, Light Opera of New York, New Rochelle Opera, Ash Lawn Opera, Syracuse Opera, Dicapo Opera Theatre, Empire Opera, Bay View Music Festival, Tacoma Opera, Bellevue Opera, Off-Center Opera, Dona Ana Lyric Opera, America Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS), and OperaWorks.

Past Performances

Upcoming

2016

November 11th - 14th, 2016 - TBD

Concert Tour - Eric Genius Details coming soon!

October 20th & 21st, 2016 - 7:00pm

Iris ~ Inner Circle~ Daniel Felsenfeldt

Opera on Tap- The Cell

338 West 23rd Street, New York, NY 10011

[http://www.operaontap.org/newyork/][0]

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2015

May 17, 2015 - 7:30pm

Ensemble ~ Bobby ~ Chandler Carter

Center For Contemporary Opera

Symphony Space Thalia Theater

2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York, NY 10025

(212) 864-5400

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April 21, 2015 - 8:00pm

Guest Appearance - Opera Burlesque

Duane Park

308 Bowery Street, New York, NY 10012

(212) 732-5555

March 15, 2015 - 2:00pm

Carmen ~ Carmen ~ Georges Bizet

Golden Rose Opera Works

70-01 Kessel Street, Forest Hills, NY

2014

November 24, 2014 - 8:00pm

Ensemble ~ Heloise and Abelard ~ John Austin

Center For Contemporary Opera - Cell Theatre

338 West 23rd Street, New York, NY 10011

June 8th, 2014 - 1:30pm

Latin Art Song!

First Presbyterian church of Elizabeth

42 Broad St, Elizabeth, NJ 07202

(908) 353-1518

July 10th, 2014 - 8:00pm

Soloist ~ Home Brew Opera Freddy's Bar

627 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

(718) 768-0131

2013

January 18th, 19th & 20th, 2013

Carrie Pipperidge ~ Carousel ~ Rodgers & Hammerstein

Las Cruces Symphony Orchesra

Atkinson Recital Hall ~ Las Cruces, NM

www.lascrucessymphony.com

June 15th, 2013

Featured Soloist ~ The Bohemian Bash Opera Moderne

The Bohemian National Hall

Czech Center of New York

www.OperaModerne.com