The Olga Iglesias Project enriches the community by fostering the careers of the next generation of Puerto Rican classical vocal artists while also broadening the awareness of Puerto Rico’s 20th century classical music heritage.
1962 Performance of "El Pessebre" at the Casals Festival in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
From left to right: Maureen Forrester, mezzo-soprano; Olga Iglesias, soprano; Pablo Casals, composer & conductor; Paulino Saharrea, tenor; Raymond Murcell, baritone; William Warfield, bass.
Who we are
The Olga Iglesias Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit cultural organization devoted to nurturing emerging Puerto Rican classical vocal artists during their development and expanding the public awareness of Puerto Rico’s contribution to the classical music world through the legacy, memoirs and recordings of its namesake, the accomplished Puerto Rican soprano, Olga Iglesias.
Olga Iglesias (1929-2013), the voice behind Pablo Casals' art songs and his magnum opus, “El Pessebre”, trained at the Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico as a member of the first graduating class, and also served as a voice professor. By the mid-1970’s, Olga had become the voice department head at CMPR. Olga Iglesias sang in the Casals Festival of Puerto Rico for more than twenty years and recorded for Columbia Records. The records are available today on your music streaming service.