American singer Nandani Maria Sinha is a lyric coloratura mezzo-soprano of German and Indian descent. She currently resides in Los Angeles, where she has performed locally with LA Opera, Long Beach Opera, Repertory Opera Company, Celestial Opera, Opera Pasadena, Opera Nova and El Dorado Opera. Ms. Sinha is the 2012 winner of the Franz Liszt International Competition, Los Angeles,Vocal Division. She has also won the Hollywood Opera Reading Club Vocal Scholarship Competition and is a scholarship recipient from the Opera Buffs, the CSULA Friends of Music, and Celestial Opera Vocal Competition. She has performed in London, Germany, Austria, France, and New York. Ms. Sinha was honored to sing at the Millennium Festival of Music in Bad Arolsen, Germany in the summer of 2000 and has been a soloist at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City. In April of 2013, she sang in concerts and recitals in South Africa for the inaugural season of the No. 1 Ladies’ Opera Festival.
Ms. Sinha’s repertoire includes the roles of Die Knusper Hexe in Hänsel und Gretel, La Voix in Les contes d’Hoffmann, Alisa in Lucia di Lammermoor, Mrs. Ott in Susannah, Marcellina in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, the Third Lady in Die Zauberflöte, Buttercup in H.M.S. Pinafore, Cornelia in Giulio Cesare, Marthe Schwerlein in Faust, Theodorine in L'île du Tulipitan, Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte, Sixth Daughter of Pharaoh in Glass’ Akhnaten, the Third Witch in Ernst Bloch’s Macbeth, Niña in the West Coast premiere of Osvaldo Golijov’s Ainadamar, and in her youth the role of the Third Spirit in Die Zauberflöte at l’Opéra de Bordeaux.
In 2007, Ms. Sinha suffered an airplane accident that broke her lower back and paralyzed her left leg. Additionally suffering severe trauma to her singing muscles, it was unclear whether she would be able to walk or sing again. After several years of intensive rehabilitation, Ms. Sinha successfully finished her masters of music degree and currently studies with renowned baritone Vladimir Chernov. Past teachers have included Marlena Malas and the pioneer of voice therapy, the late Oren Lathrop Brown. Ms. Sinha has sung under the baton of Steven Osgood, Andreas Mitisek, Ben Makino, Steven Byess, Brian Farrell, and Carmine Aufiero. She has studied voice at Juilliard School of Music, Wells College, California State University Los Angeles, and Cornell University. Ms. Sinha is currently a Marc and Eva Stern Fellow at Songfest where she will be seen in concerts, recitals, and master classes.