A feature Soloist and Vocal Instructor of the Baja California Orchestra & Conservatory of Music, Florencia Tinoco Barone has thrilled audiences worldwide with her beautifully expressive Lyrical Coloratura voice. A native of Mexico, but classically trained in Europe, Florencia's vast repertoire has kept her busy performing major roles in everything form Puccini's "La Boheme" and Mozart's "The Magic Flute" to Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana". But perhaps what she is becoming best known for is her unique style of combining Opera with the traditional Mariachi folk music of Mexico. In fact, her second CD, "Romances Mundiales" has earned her rave reviews for this International style of music, and keeps her touring throughout Latin America and the U.S.
Florencia began singing in her home town of Guadalajra at the age of nine, inspired by her parents who loved classical music and played it at home. She first studied professionally from 1987-1992 with Tenor Flavio Becerra and Ramon Schade at the Independent Opera Workshop in Guadalajara. During those years Florencia performed in Rossini's "Barber of Seville" in the acclaimed "Festival International Cervantino de Guanajuato". Florencia has worked with various symphony orchestras throughout Mexico, including the Jalisco Philarmonic and the New World Chamber Orchestra. Then in 1992 she made her formal debut in Mexico City's famed "Palacio de Bellas Artes", singing "Najade" from the Strauss Opera "Ariadne auf Naxox". That same year, Florencia won second place in the Carlo Morelli National Opera Competition held in Mexico City.
Florencia then headed to Europe-- spending the next four years in Salzburg Austria studying at "Hochschule fur Musik und Dartestelle Mozarteum" under the instruction of the renowned Heiner Hopfner and Henry Seamen. Specializing in the music of Mozart, Florencia made her European debut during the 1995 Salzburg-Summer-Festival performing "Requiem", "Exultate Jubilate", and "Coronation Mass". She was also a Soloist with the Hagenauer Quartet in Salzburg.
After coming back home to Mexico in 1996, Florencia began impressing U.S. adiences with her satiny vocals and endearing charm. In 1997 she appeared as "Lauretta" in Puccini's "Gianni Schicchi" with the Cal-State University, Fullerton "Opera Theatre". Perfomed in "Fiesta Mariachi" with the San Diego Symphony and Mariachi ChampaĖa Nevín and was featured in "Magic of Mexico" in La Jolla. Shortly thereafter, Florencia began touring with the Baja California Orchestra-and recorded her first CD with the same orchestra entitled "Un Viejo Amor".
Florencia has a second CD out "Romances Mundiales" that features the acclaimed Symphonic Mariachi Champaña Nevín, and she is now in the studio working on a third CD that will feature classical interpretations of Latin-inspired Broadway hits. In addition, Florencia recently guest-starred in "Latin Rhythm" a world-class stage show in Las Vegas that featured Latin Classics. Then, in Los Angeles during a citywide celebration of Mexican Independence Day 2000, Florencia helped kick off the festivities by singing the National Anthem. Florencia was also very excited to perform opera classics with the renowned Mariachi Sol de Mexico in "El Origen" at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium and at the Cerritos Performing Arts Center. Florencia currently resides in San Diego with her husband Franco, and has several projects lined up into the new year.