Sydney Mancasola
New England First Place Winner 2013

National Council Winner, 2013

Sydney Mancasola began the 2015-2016 season as Cleopatra in Handel’s Giulio Cesare at Komische Oper Berlin, where she will also appear as the Hoffmann heroines, Pamina, and Servilia (La Clemenza di Tito). Next summer the soprano will be Manon for Des Moines Metro Opera. Last season’s highlights included Leila in Les pêcheurs de perles with Florida Grand Opera, Marie in La fille du régiment with Palm Beach Opera, and Lisette in La rondine with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. After completing her residency at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia in 2013 with performances as Massenet’s Manon, Sydney visited Des Moines as La Comtesse Adèle in Rossini’s Le comte Ory. Other appearances in the 2014-2015 season included an Eve Queler Family and Friends Concert at Alice Tully Hall, Barber’s “Knoxville: Summer of 1915” with the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, and “Messiah” with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Santa Fe Symphony and the Lexington Philharmonic.


Originally from Redding, California, Sydney earned a B.M. in Vocal Performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where she was a recipient of the Margot Bos Standler Scholarship. She is also an alumna of the Opera Theatre of St. Louis’ Gerdine Young Artist Program, and Brevard Music Center’s Janeic Opera Company as well as the Santa Fe Apprentice Program. In 2013 the soprano joined Fort Worth Opera in the role of Young Alyce in Tom Cipullo ‘s Glory Denied. Her other roles have included Adina in L’elisir d’amore, Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Mélisande in Pelléas et Mélisande, and Antonia and Stella in Les contes d’Hoffmann at AVA, Adele in Die Fledermaus and Adina in L'elisir d'amore at Brevard, and Cunegonde in Candide, Servilia in La Clemenza di Tito, and Despina in Così fan tutte with Oberlin Opera Theater.

Sydney’s long list of accolades includes Finalist, Loren L. Zachary Society Vocal Competition, 2013; Second Place and Audience Choice Award, Houston Grand Opera's Eleanor McCollum Competition for Young Singers, 2013; Honorable Mention, George London Foundation Vocal Competition, 2013; The Hans Hachmann Memorial Award in the Liederkranz Competition, 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; and Regional Finalist and Encouragement Award, Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (Southeast), 2012.



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