Lauded by Opera News as “enchanting…radiant…glittering,” and as an artist who “owned the place” by The Philadelphia Inquirer, soprano Sydney Mancasola is quickly establishing herself as one of the most engaging singing actresses of her generation.
Engagements for the 2019/20 season include Bess McNeil in Breaking the Waves at the Edinburgh International Festival and the Adelaide Festival; the title role of Handel's Semele with the Komische Oper Berlin; and Pamina in The Magic Flute with Washington National Opera, Komische Oper Berlin and Teatro Municipal de Santiago in Chile.
The 2018/19 season saw Ms. Mancasola’s debut with the Metropolitan Opera as Pamina in the Julie Taymor production of The Magic Flute and as Frasquita in Carmen, broadcast to theaters around the world as part of the Met’s Live in HD program. Ms. Mancasola also returned to Oper Frankfurt to sing Roxana in a new production of Szymanowski’s Król Roger, Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro and Frasquita in Carmen. Additional appearances include a recital with Elīna Garanča at The Green Space in New York as part of the Classical up Close series.
Ms. Mancasola’s 2017/18 season saw her return to the ensemble at Oper Frankfurt with roles including Gilda in Rigoletto, the Italian Singer in Capriccio, and a Niece in Peter Grimes. Ms. Mancasola also returned to Opera Theatre of Saint Louis for her role debut as Violetta in La Traviata, marking the directing debut of Patricia Racette.
Operatic highlights include her European debut with Komische Oper Berlin as the heroines in The Tales of Hoffmann, Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare, Pamina in the Barrie Kosky production of The Magic Flute and Servilia in a concert performance of La Clemenza di Tito. At Oper Frankfurt, she has sung Musetta in La Bohème, Pamina in The Magic Flute, Onoria in Ezio, and was the soprano soloist in a new production of Betulia liberata. Additional highlights include her role debut as Gilda in the Jonathan Miller production of Rigoletto at English National Opera; her company debut with Des Moines Metro Opera as Comtesse Adèle in Rossini’s Le Comte Ory and return to the company in the title role of Manon; her return to Opera Theatre of Saint Louis as Lisette in Puccini’s La Rondine; her company debut with Palm Beach Opera as Marie in The Daughter of the Regiment and her role debut as Leïla in The Pearl Fishers with Florida Grand Opera.
The concert stage has seen Ms. Mancasola in performance with the San Francisco Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, and Santa Fe Symphony in Handel’s Messiah, Eugene Symphony Orchestra for Haydn’s The Creation conducted by Danail Rachev, Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with the Sun Valley Symphony, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Mendelssohn’s Hear My Prayer, Strauss’s Brentano-Lieder, and Handel’s Messiah with the Santa Fe Symphony, Lexington Philharmonic, and the Philadelphia Orchestra under the direction of Michael Rossi. She was also featured as a guest soloist in Schubert’s Mass in G and Mozart’s Exsultate, jubilate with the 2012 international music festival Calí de Camara in Colombia.
Honors and awards include a Grand Finals winner of the 2013 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, a winner of the 2016 Mabel Dorn Reeder Foundation Prize from Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Top Prize Winner of the Gerda Lissner Foundation Competition, 2nd Prize and Audience Favorite at the Houston Grand Opera Eleanor McCollum Competition, and 1st Prize in the Loren L. Zachary National Vocal Competition. Ms. Mancasola is an alumna of the Academy of Vocal Arts, Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Program, where she received the Judith Raskin Memorial Award for Singers, the Gerdine Young Artist program at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and the Brevard Music Center.
Ms. Mancasola began her musical training as a classical violinist in her home state of California and went on to study voice at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where she completed her Bachelor of Music degree in 2011 and was the recipient of the Margot Bos Standler Scholarship.
Learn more at SydneyMancasola.com.