Sydney Mancasola, soprano
AVA third-year Resident Artist
Hometown: Redding, California.
Education: B.M., Oberlin Conservatory of Music, 2010.
Competitions: Second Place, Giargiari Bel Canto Competition, 2013; Top Prize, Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal Competition, 2013; First Prize, Loren L. Zachary National Vocal Competition for Young Opera Singers, 2013; Second Place and Audience Choice, Houston Grand Opera's Eleanor McCollum Competition for Young Singers, 2013; The Hans Hachmann Memorial Award, Liederkranz Competition, 2013; National Winner, Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, 2013; Sullivan Foundation Career Development Award, 2012; Recipient, Judith Raskin Memorial Award for Singers, Santa Fe Opera, 2012; Encouragement Award, Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal Competition, 2012; Encouragement Award, George London Foundation Vocal Competition, 2012; Regional Finalist and Encouragement Award, Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (Southeast), 2012; Third Place, Giargiari Bel Canto Competition - WRTI broadcast radio online poll, 2011; Second Prize, Florida Grand Opera Young Patronesses Competition, 2011; Margot Bos Strandler Scholarship, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, 2011; First Place, Dayton Opera Guild Tri-State Vocal Competition, 2010; First Place, Oberlin Conservatory Concerto Competition, 2010.
Roles at AVA: Despina, Così fan tutte; Pedro, Don Quichotte; Rosina, Il barbiere di Siviglia; Adina, L'elisir d'amore; Mélisande, Pelléas et Mélisande; Antonia and Stella, Les Contes d'Hoffmann.
Other Roles: Young Alyce, Glory Denied, Fort Worth Opera; Zdenka (cover), Arabella, Santa Fe Opera; Adina, L'elisir d'amore; Adele, Die Fledermaus, Brevard Music Center; Marie (cover), The Daughter of the Regiment, Opera Theatre of St. Louis; Cunegonde, Candide; Servilia, La Clemenza di Tito; and Despina, Così fan tutte, all with Oberlin Opera Theater.
Upcoming Engagements: Benefit Concert for Mercy Foundation North, Cascade Theatre, December 2013; Soloist, Handel's Messiah, Santa Fe Symphony, November 2013.