Praised by The New York Times for her “bright-voiced and endearing soprano” Puerto Rican soprano Samarie Alicea is an emerging singing actress gaining recognition. Samarie recently sang as Aire in Los Elementos at the New York’s Couture Fashion Week with NYCO & Opera Carolina’s Opera Recycles. This season included her return Off-Broadway reprising the role of Susanna in Figaro 90210! and her soloist debut with the New York City Opera as Aire in Antonio de Literes’ Los Elementos. Critics praised her Aire performance as a “soprano like a warm breeze, easily floating, with a consistent caramel tone, and she is irrepressibly sunny presence on the stage”. This season also included the role of Clorinda in La Cenerentola as part of NYCO’s 2017 Park Series at Bryant Park, New York.
Critics hailed her Susana performance as “slyly alluring” and as “a very strong actress delivering her entertaining comedy skills”. She was part of New York City Opera’s production of Candide directed by Hal Prince. She has also been part of New York City Opera’s last productions of Aleko / Pagliacci and Florencia en el Amazonas. Samarie performed as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro with Long Island Opera.
She was a winner of the Puerto Rico District for the Metropolitan Opera National Auditions as well as the Osgood/dell’Arte Opera Ensemble competition in New York City. Last season, Alicea sang in the Opernstar Konzert in Bremen, Germany. With dell’Arte Opera Ensemble she sang Servilia in La Clemenza di Tito by W.A. Mozart. Credits in partial operatic roles include Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, title role in Semiramide, Adina in L’elisir d’amore, Elvira in I Puritani, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Maria in West Side Story, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, and Juliette in Roméo et Juliette.
She has participated with the International Vocal Arts Institute in New York, Virginia and Tel Aviv, Israel and with the International Institute of Vocal Arts in Chiary, Italy. Alicea received her Master of Music in Voice Performance degree at CUNY-Brooklyn College and her Bachelor’s degree from the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico.