American soprano, Anna Mandina, recently finished a residency with the Missouri Symphony where she performed the role of Mimì in La bohème as a part of their Hot Summer Nights Festival. Last season, Ms. Mandina understudied the role of Micaëla in Carmen and performed the role of Annina in La traviata with Sarasota Opera. 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 Second Lady (The Magic Flute), Mrs. Gobineau (The Medium), Countess Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Violetta Valéry (La traviata), Anne Trulove (The Rake’s Progress), Susannah Polk (Susannah), Lady Billows (Albert Herring), 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 season, Anna is thrilled to return to Sarasota as Berta in Il barbiere di Siviglia, and in 2019, she will make her mainstage debut as Liù in Sarasota Opera’s production of Turandot.