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Sandra Flores-Strand

Sandra Flores-Strand

  • She/Her
  • Biography

    Sandra Flores-Strand, Librettist and Mezzo-Soprano, is based in the US and Canada. Sandra
    writes on a variety of topics but feels compelled to tell stories with a focus on marginalized
    communities, particularly Latin American representation on stage, including the ongoing migrant
    crisis, a subject that hits close to home.
    Sandra recently received a Research and Development Grant from the Arizona Commission on
    the Arts to develop her children’s opera The Fallen Crown with a workshop scheduled in 2023.
    She is currently collaborating with composer Laura Jobin-Acosta, a recipient of the Opera
    America IDEA Residency, on La Alcaldesa, an opera about Doña Fela, the first female of Mayor
    of San Juan, Puerto Rico. La Alcaldesa will have a premiere workshop at Opera America in
    Spring 2022. Sandra’s mini song cycle, Speak, But Don’t Speak: Diminished Women, premiered
    in March 2021 at the Arizona Women’s Collaborative Concert set by Emily Smith and Lillian
    Salter. Her one act opera The Beneficiary, composed by Charles Zoll and her song cycle, Come
    Again: Poems Based on Recurring Dreams, composed by William Clay, are scheduled to
    premiere in 2022 and her work Cantata for the Asylum Seeker is currently being set by
    composer Alfonso Molina.
    As a singer, Sandra has performed with Phoenix Opera, Mercury Opera, Arizona Voices, Voices
    of Vienna, the Phoenix Opera Orchestra, Brott Opera Festival, Flagstaff Light Opera, Lambs
    Players Theater, Lyric Opera San Diego and more. She participated in apprentice programs
    with Red River Lyric Opera, the Harrower Opera Workshop, Angel's Vocal Arts, Flagstaff in
    Fidenza and the Royal College of Music - London. As a theater technician, she worked with
    Lambs Players Theater, the Old Globe Theater San Diego, the Lyceum Theater, the Balboa
    Theater, the Asian American Repertory Theater, and Starlight Opera. Sandra also holds
    directing credits with NAU Opera under the mentorship of Kay Walker Castaldo and Nando
    Schellen.

    Professional Experience

    • Regional
    • Concerts/Cabaret
    • Education

    Regions

    • LA/Southern California
    • Canada

    Interested in touring?

    • Yes

    Maestra Expertise

    • Theatrical Lyricist
    • Bookwriter/Librettist
    • Singer/Songwriter

    My Instruments

    • Voice

    Software

    • Finale
    • Sibelius

    Additional Skills

    • Actor-Musician
    • Home Studio Whiz

    Affiliations

    • ASCAP

    Person of Color?

    • Yes