Acclaimed as “sensitive and impassioned” by Opera News, Boston-based mezzo-soprano Felicia Gavilanes is gaining a reputation as an exciting and versatile singing actress. An Emerging Artist Alumna with Boston Lyric Opera, Felicia is a frequent performer in both mainstage and concert roles with BLO. Of her performance as The Double in The Handmaid’s Tale with BLO, the Wall Street Journal wrote: “Felicia Gavilanes brought a poignant innocence to Offred in the Time Before.” Other roles with Boston Lyric Opera include Rosina in The Barber of Seville Outreach and Rosina (cover) in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, First Bridesmaid, and Cherubino (cover) in Le Nozze di Figaro. In the 2018-2019 season, Felicia made her Odyssey Opera debut as Léœna in La belle Hélène and is thrilled to return to the stage as The May Queen in Odyssey Opera’s Merrie England. Other recent debuts include Teatro Lírico Nacional de Cuba (Dido in Dido and Aeneas), Winter Opera St. Louis (Zulma in L’Italiana in Algeri), and Gulfshore Opera (Maria in Lauda per la natività). Felicia has performed a diverse range of standard and modern operatic roles including Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Flora in La Traviata, Tisbe in La Cenerentola, La Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi, Asakir in Sumeida’s Song and Mrs. DeRocher in Dead Man Walking. Felicia has appeared on the concert stage as the Alto Soloist in Haydn’s “Paukenmesse”, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, the Mozart Requiem, the Vivaldi Gloria, Mendelssohn’s “Elijah,” and a concert of Mozart favorites with the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra. A dual citizen of the U.S. and Italy and inspired by foreign languages and travel, Felicia has been featured in engagements from the Gran Teatro de la Habana to the Staatstheater Darmstadt to the Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere, Rome.