Pacific Lyric Association is an independent Southern California opera company created in 2006 by Dr. Carlos Oliva and Teresa Hughes-Oliva. PLA offers young opera singers the opportunity to perform main roles in independent productions, accessibly priced to the public.
The signature format of our opera productions features slightly condensed versions of the operas, with spoken narrative in English before each act. These narrative vignettes, performed by local actors, are designed to keep the audience engaged in the musical drama without being distracted by supertitles. This format has proved successful in attracting younger or first-time audiences to this universal art form.
PLA occasionally presents a popular evening entitled "Musical Paella." These evenings offer highlights from Zarzuelas (traditional Spanish operettas) and lighter opera selections in a dinner-theatre setting, featuring a delicious paella meal preceding the performance.
Carlos Oliva singing Figaro's aria from "Barber of Seville" at Mira Costa College's new performance hall during the Oceanside Music Fest.
Carlos attended the Superior School of Voice in Madrid and studied with Juan Oncina in Barcelona. He performed for two years with the Spanish National Symphonic Orchestra and Chorus before moving to the United States where he studied with Gualtiero Negrini in Los Angeles. He has sung in "Faust" with the Opera Comique, in Cosi fan tutte with Pacific Opera, as Count Almaviva in Mozart's "La Nozze di Figaro" in San Diego, and in "La Tabernera del Puerto" with U.S.D.
With Bel Canto Opera, he performed "La Boheme", "Pagliacci", "Cavalleria rusticana" and "Un Ballo in Maschera". With Opera Pacific, he was male lead in the world premiere of "El Camino de Fe" by Hector Armienta. Carlos has sung many principal roles with Costanza Opera of Romania. including "La Traviata", "Il Trovatore", "Rigoletto", and "Un ballo in Maschera". He has sung the roles of Vidal Hernandez in "Luisa Fernanda" , Escamillo in "Carmen" and the title role in "Rigoletto" last year for Pacific Lyric. He recently sang lead roles in "Il trovatore" (youtube video this page) and "Un ballo in Maschera" in Los Angeles.
Teresa Hughes-Oliva singing and dancing Habanera from "Carmen" at Mira Costa College's performance hall for Oceanside Music Fest.
Teresa began her musical studies as a small child singing in choruses and playing the flute. She began formal vocal training at 18 while pursuing a degree in foreign languages and won a scholarship through the University of California to study in Madrid, joined the National Chorus and Symphony and did five years of graduate work at the Superior School of Voice in Madrid.
Teresa had the great fortune to participate professionally with some of the greatest singers of our time during her stay in Europe. Under the baton of Fruebeck de Burgos, she starred in a world premier and recording of the “Atlantida” in Madrid and in Granada.
After returning to the U.S she studied with the U.S.C. Opera and privately.
Teresa has much experience in opera, oratorio, recital concert and musical theatre. Performances include Maddalena in Verdi’s "Rigoletto" in Argentina, Rosina in the "Barber of Seville" and many concerts in the San Diego area as well as Mexico. For Pacific Lyric, she performed the title role of the zarzuela "Luisa Fernanda", the Mother in "Amhal and the Night Visitors", the title role in Bizet’s "Carmen", Santuzza in "Cavalleria rusticana" and Maddalena in "Rigoletto" in 2014.