In the 2011-12 season, Nova Safo made his role and house debuts with Opera San Jose, singing Arbace in Mozart’s Idomeneo. Later in the season, he returned to L.A. Opera as a principal artist in their upcoming Education and Community Engagement program tour. In the 2010-11 season, Mr. Safo made role debuts as Tybalt in Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette, Goro in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, and Gastone in Verdi’s La Traviata. He made house debuts at Townsend Opera in Modesto, Opera Santa Barbara, and Saint Petersburg Opera in Florida. Nova was a finalist in the Irene Dalis Vocal Competition at Opera San Jose, and was hailed for his professional musical theatre debut in Cabrillo Music Theatre’s 2009 production of Guys And Dolls. Theatre trade publication Backstage described his performance of Nicely-Nicely as “a delight.” Mr. Safo made his principal artist debut with LA Opera’s Education and Community Engagement department in 2009, singing Count Almaviva in Figaro’s American Adventure. He created the role of Nick Robbins in the 2010 world premiere of Kenneth Wells’ opera The First Lady, based on the life of Eleanor Roosevelt just after FDR’s death. Mr. Safo was an apprentice artist with Opera Santa Barbara, where he covered the role of Remendado in Carmen, and St. Petersburg Opera of Florida, where he covered and performed the role of Nemorino in The Elixir of Love. Other recent roles include Vašek in The Bartered Bride, Belmonte in Abduction from the Seraglio, and Beppe in Pagliacci. As a promising young tenor, he made his professional debut at the age of 17 with the Los Angeles Baroque Orchestra, singing the sailor in Dido And Aeneas. That same year, he sang at the United Nations in a special presentation, and performed a comprimario role with LA Opera's production of Lee Holdridge’s Journey to Cordoba. Mr. Safo studies voice with Dr. Victoria Hart of The American Musical and Dramatic Academy and The Colburn School, and previously studied with Janice McVeigh of USC’s Thornton School of Music. He started his musical journey at age seven as a violinist. His violin teachers included Paul Stein of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Marianne Henry of the Marian Anderson String Quartet.