B i o g r a p h y
From a young age Monica Camafreita, contralto, was surrounded by music. She began piano studies at 1.5 years old and violin at 3 years old in her native Miami, Florida. In elementary school she began singing with the Miami Children’s Chorus, under the baton of Timothy Sharp, and knew she had found her niche, which led her to begin serious private classical voice study with Oscar Diaz, Jr. After high school, Monica moved to New York City to further her undergraduate musical studies at Manhattan School of Music where she had the pleasure of studying privately with Mignon Dunn and Neil Rosenshein. Monica has appeared onstage throughout the United States, and abroad, in both opera and concert most recently with Regina Opera, Brooklyn Opera Works, New York Lyric Opera, Eurasia Festival, MORE Opera and New York Opera Forum. She has previously sung roles in Gluck’s Echo et Narcisse, Terrence McNally’s Master Class, Pergolesi’s La Serva Padrona, Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Wagner's Das Rheingold, Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, Donizetti's Maria Stuarda, Handel's Rinaldo, Verdi's Il Trovatore, Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, and Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin. Monica is looking forward to her debut with the Israel Sinfonietta Beer Sheva later this year as Third Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte which will be sung in Hebrew. She currently studies privately with Greta Damrau, in New York City, and is on the Board of Directors of, Opera for Earth, a nonprofit that uses performance of opera and art song to raise awareness of the value in preserving and caring for our natural resources.