American soprano, Anna Mandina, recently made her mainstage debut as Liù in Sarasota Opera’s Diamond Anniversary production of Turandot. Last summer, Anna performed with the Missouri Symphony where she debuted the role of Mimì in La bohème. Last season, Ms. Mandina understudied the role of Micaëla in Carmen with Sarasota Opera, and in summer of 2017, Anna performed the role of Eva Crowley in the East Coast premiere of Jack Perla’s An American Dream with Opera Maine. Other roles include Countess Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Violetta Valéry (La traviata), Anne Trulove (The Rake’s Progress), Susannah Polk (Susannah), Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), and Hanna Glawari (The Merry Widow). Her partially performed roles include Suzel (L’amico Fritz), Marguerite (Faust), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Die Marschallin (Der Rosenkavalier), and Rosalinda (Die Fledermaus). Anna has performed with the Missouri Symphony, Sarasota Opera, Opera Maine, Boston Conservatory Opera, Opera Company of Middlebury, Seagle Music Colony, the Houston Grand Opera Young Artist Vocal Academy, and the Show-Me Opera Program.
Ms. Mandina most recently received the Sarasota Opera Guild Leo M. Rogers Award for an Outstanding Apprentice Artist. She also received an Encouragement Award in the 2015 Kansas City District Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and won the Music Teacher’s National Association Young Artist Vocal Competition in 2014.
Anna holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and a Master of Music in Opera Performance from The Boston Conservatory. This summer, Anna is excited to return to her college hometown where she will perform the role of Micaëla in the Missouri Symphony’s production of Carmen. Immediately following her time in Missouri, Anna will be making her mainstage debut with Opera Maine as Zweite Dame in Die Zauberflöte. In 2020, Anna is thrilled to return to Sarasota Opera where she will sing the incredible role of Mimì in 13 performances of Puccini’s La bohème.