Manny Perez- Voice Faculty
A consummate and sought-after voice teacher, Manny Perez has discovered, nurtured and presented many vocal talents emerging today, maintaining vocal studios in Miami and New York City. His students have graced many of the world’s greatest stages including the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Carnegie Hall, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Florida Grand Opera, as well the Teatro Solis in Uruguay, La Scala, Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, The Royal Opera House, Teatro Colón de Buenos Aires, Ópera de Oviedo, and Teatro Comunale di Bologna, to name a few. His students pursue and enjoy national and international opera careers, and have included Eglise Gutierrez, Elizabeth Caballero, Sidney Outlaw, Mabel Ledo, Susana Diaz, Matthew Maness, Elaine Alvarez, Sandra Lopez, Clayton Matthews, Armando Naranjo, Betsy Diaz, Martin Nusspaumer, Maria Antunez, Maria Aleida Rodriguez, Rolando Sanz, Nathalie Avila, Marcela Penaranda, Jennifer Zamorano, Carolina Castells, Jonathan Michie, and Marinel Cruz.
Lauded as a superlative vocal pedagogue, Perez is on the faculty for Miami Summer Music Festival, and has served as guest faculty for Washington National Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Barry University and the Audition Preparation Program held in Ponce, Puerto Rico. He has sat on the Board of Directors of the Florida Grand Opera for over 10 years. Perez has taught voice in Paris; Oviedo, Spain; Rome; Mexico; Verona; Leipzig; and Puerto Rico. Singers from the Manny Perez Vocal Studio have been featured in The Adrienne Arsht Center's production of Zarzuela Tonight!, Miami Symphony Orchestra’s (MiSO) “A Night at the Opera,” The Symphony of the Americas’ concert of Spanish and Cuban Zarzuela, The Doral Cultural Affairs Council Opera Evenings, The St. Hugh-Steinway Concert Series, Sunday Afternoons of Music, The Temple Beth Am Spring Opera Series, and Orchestra Miami’s Viva Verdi concert. Of the Miami Symphony Orchestra’s “A Night at the Opera” collaboration, South Florida Classical Review remarked “the singers in Manny Perez’s studio demonstrate polished maturity. Any one of them could go directly to a career with great success, and most have already made their professional debuts… Perez… has a knack for spotting talent. His coaching style was evident in every performance, in clear diction, seamless range, exceptional projection, and emotional characterizations.”
Perez is also a prominent vocal instructor in the cantorial community, and has been invited to teach masterclasses at both the American Conference of Cantors and the Cantors Assembly Convention. Cantors in his studio have included Alberto Mizrahi, Rachelle Nelson, Zach Mondrow, Ben Matis, Sarene Appelbaum, Luis Cattan, Claire Franco, Norman Cohen, Steve Hevenstone and Lisa Segal.
A successful interpreter of opera and Spanish music in his own singing career, Perez has released two albums. Evelio Taillacq wrote of Perez’ vocal stylings in the Spanish press “we are dealing with an interpreter with a beautiful timbre, with just measure and magnificent phrasing.”
Perez continues to live and teach in his hometown of Miami. A graduate of Coral Gables Senior High School, Perez’s early years saw him as an active and varied student musician, playing tuba and conducting in the marching band, singing in the chorus and performing in musicals. Perez began his studies at Lamar University on a tuba scholarship, later completing his degree in Music Education from the University of Miami, as a scholarship student of voice. With dreams of becoming an opera singer, he joined the opera chorus of the Greater Miami Opera (now Florida Grand Opera) as a student in 1981, where he performed alongside idols including Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti. Perez later moved to New York continuing his vocal studies with acclaimed voice teacher Bill Schuman.
Perez enjoys a life imbued with music, from the Latin rhythms of his native Cuba to the world of opera and classical music. Immigrating to the United States at the age 5, Manny discovered a passion for music that would transcend borders and language, as well as provide an outlet and a respite that would become his lifelong career.
Manny affirms his greatest production, however, is his beautiful daughter Miranda.