Masterclass:  The legendary mezzo-soprano Florence Quivar steps into the spotlight to conduct a masterclass under the auspices of Philadelphia’s Russian Opera Workshop.

by Patrick D. McCoy

For many opera buffs, the name Florence Quivar is one that is synonymous with rich, beautiful singing with dramatic flair.  Not out in the forefront these days, Quivar makes an upcoming appearance at the Warden Theater at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia located at 1920 Spruce Street.  Founded by Ghenady Meirson, the Russian Opera Workshop gives singers an opportunity to be coached by some of the world’s greatest opera singers.  The free masterclass presented by Florence Quivar will take place July 21 at 1 pm.

A native of Philadelphia, Quivar herself became interested in opera as a teenager when she saw a touring production of the Metropolitan Opera’s “Madama Butterfly.”  She has performed as soloist with many acclaimed orchestras including  including the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cincinnati Symphony, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Orchestre de Paris, Berlin Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Montreal Symphony and the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

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A native of Petersburg, Virginia, Patrick D. McCoy is a graduate of Virginia State University and Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Virginia.  He has been an arts contributor for, CBS Washington, The Afro American Newspaper and most recently was the Performing Arts Columnist at Washington Life Magazine for four years. As a church musician, he currently serves as Organist/Choirmaster at Saint John’s Episcopal Church (Zion Parish) in Beltsville, Maryland.   Visit for all of your arts news and send press releases and ideas to  He dedicates his musical pursuits to the Glory of God, in loving memory of his mother Velma Ann McCoy-Pulley (1956-2017).