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Finding Her Voice

Grad Student Ariana Abadía on her Experience Studying Opera at BYU

After receiving an undergraduate degree in music education from a local music conservatory in Ecuador, singing for the Ecuadorian Sucre National Theatre and studying English alongside her father through BYU-Pathway, Ariana E. Abadía Flores found herself seated in her first BYU class in Provo as an opera graduate student in 2021.

Before coming to BYU Abadía says she “[tried] to modify [her] voice to be like others.” However, her BYU instructors taught her to embrace the power of her own voice by singing a repertoire that fits her strengths.

It’s important to accept your voice, Abadía says, because “Heavenly Father made us, and He can’t be wrong.”

Read the full Y Magazine article written by Denya I. Palmer in the Winter 2024 Issue at this link.

Ariana Abadia Flores, Photo Courtesy of Y Magazine
Photo by Bradley Slade