About us

Our Board of Directors consists of Herman Díaz, tenor, and Lucia Panizza, soprano. Together with a team of committed and passionate volunteers and performers we work towards enriching our cultural landscape within our community promoting and sharing our passion for Opera and Zarzuela.

Our love for the Lyric Theatre brought us together. And we knew that through our joint efforts we would bring the joy of our beloved Performing Arts closer to our multicultural and multiracial community. Through our programs and performances we bring people closer to each other and to their own roots.

Herman Díaz, Director

Herman Díaz is a Cuban-American Lyric tenor praised for his range and versatility, he is a graduate from University of Florida via NWSA with a Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance. In Florida he has been engaged with companies such as Miami Lyric Opera, The Opera Atelier, Voices of Miami, La Zarzuela among others. He was recently engaged with la Zarzuela, Inc in series of Zarzuela concerts at Coral Gables Museum. With The Opera Atelier he has sung in concerts and Opera moments portraying roles such as Le Chevalier des Grieux in Massenet’s Manon, Alfredo in Verdi’s La Traviata, Rodolfo in Puccini’s La bohème and Mario Cavaradossi in Tosca. With NWSA Opera Ensemble he sang the title role of Sempronio in Haydn’s Lo Speziale, and the role of Ladislav in Smetana’s The Two Widows. He debuted with Miami Lyric Opera in the role of Normanno in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor. Mr. Diaz has study voice with Maestro Raffaele Cardone and Rodney Miller at New World School of the Arts. He has collaborated with coaches such as Maestro Raffaele Cardone, Caren Levine, Daniel Daroca, Jorge Arcila, Justin Landers, and Juvenal Correas-Salas.

Lucia Panizza, Director

Lucia Panizza is a Uruguayan-American soprano. She graduated from Universidad de la República, and attended Escuela Nacional the Arte Lirico, SODRE, where she performed the role of Susana from The Marriage of Figaro, and performed in several concerts. She was awarded two full scholarships by the Uruguayan Association of Musicians (SUDEI). Thereafter, she was chosen to take part at a summer program at Teatro Colon (Buenos Aires, Argentina), where she performed arias by Mozart. In the United States she has engaged with The Opera Atelier, Miami Lyric Opera, Miami Classical Music Festival, and La Zarzuela Inc. performing in their programs, concerts, and full productions. This year she is scheduled to sing the role of Duchess Carolina in the zarzuela Luisa Fernanda produced by La Zarzuela Inc. Furthermore, she participated actively in international Programs including the European Music Institute in Vienna, and the Russian Opera Workshop. She also attended numerous Master Classes with such notables as Francisco Araiza, Ghenady Meirson, Juliana Gondek, Frederica von Stade, Deborah Voigt,  Jake Heggie, and Manny Perez, among others