Highly sought after as a soloist, chamber artist, and educator, mezzo-soprano Misty Leah Bermudez has captivated critics and audiences alike with her "ravishing" voice and "compelling" concert performances (South Florida Sun Sentinel, Palm Beach Arts Paper). Residents of South Florida will recognize Ms. Bermudez as a founding member of the Grammy-nominated vocal ensemble Seraphic Fire.
A versatile vocalist, Ms. Bermudez has an active career as a concert soloist, chamber artist, and operatic actress. Solo concert engagements have included performances with The Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, Opera Naples, Gulfshore Opera, The Miami Symphony Orchestra, The San Antonio Symphony, The New World Symphony under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas, The Back Bay Chorale in Boston, The Symphonic Chorale of Southwest Florida, The Master Chorale of South Florida, the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, and Illuminarts in Miami. She has been a featured soloist in works such as Mendelssohn's Elijah, Duruflé's Requiem, Pergolesi's Stabat Mater, Monteverdi's Vespers, Handel's Messiah, Bach's Mass in B Minor, Mozart's Requiem, Vaughan Williams' Serenade to Music, Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass, and Bach's St. John Passion and St. Matthew Passion. No stranger to the stage, Ms. Bermudez has been featured in operatic offerings throughout South Florida, including stagings of Mozart, Donizetti, and Gilbert and Sullivan, and she has sung the title role in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas and the role of Siebel in Gounod's Faust. As a chamber artist, Ms. Bermudez has performed, recorded, and toured extensively with Seraphic Fire, Miami's professional chamber ensemble, and she appears on both its Grammy-nominated albums. She has also sung with the Grammy-winning ensemble Conspirare in Austin, Texas, as well as the Oregon Bach Festival, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Spire Chamber Ensemble in Kansas City, and the Yale Choral Artists.
Ms. Bermudez is on the voice faculty of Miami Dade College, Kendall Campus, where she also directs the Opera Theatre Ensemble and the Chamber Singers. Her students have been admitted to fine college vocal programs around the country with impressive scholarship awards. She served as a master teacher for the participants of the Professional Choral Institute, an initiative in 2011 and 2012 by Seraphic Fire, which aimed to educate talented pre-professional singers about the world of professional ensemble music. Recently, she was a guest coach with Seraphic Fire’s Ensemble Artist Program at UCLA. She is in demand as a visiting clinician for university music programs around the country. In May 2018, Ms. Bermudez became the first female Artistic Director of the Civic Chorale of Greater Miami in its 48-year history.
Ms. Bermudez graduated Magna Cum Laude from Florida International University with a Bachelor of Science in Music Education and holds the Master of Music Degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Miami, where she was a Smathers Fellowship recipient. She received awards of Excellence in Academic Achievement in Music from both institutions.