Praised for her attractive singing by the New York Times, American soprano is the newest sensation on the international opera scene.
Roles at the RWCMD include Alice Ford in Verdi’s Falstaff, under Maestro Carlo Rizzi, described as “beautifully sung” and a “marvelous dramatic lynch pin” (Art Scene in Wales), the Forester’s Wife/Mrs. Pasek in The Cunning Little Vixen and Lady Billows in Albert Herring –which was very well received by Seen and Heard International and doted on her “sassy antics and impressive fortissimo”.
A Bonfils-Stanton Young Artist alum (Central City Opera), Ms. Curtis performed and covered roles such as Countess Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro (Matinee Performance), Sister Rose in Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking, and Sister Margaretta in The Sound of Music. Other previous credits include , Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte at the Oberlin in Italy Festival and Flora in a concert performance of La Traviata with Ashland Symphony Orchestra. Roles performed in opera scenes include the Anna Bolena in Anna Bolena and Violetta in La Traviata at the Scuola di belcanto, Italy; Adina in L’elisir d’amore, Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, Mimi in La Bohème at the Manhattan School of Music; Zerlina in Don Giovanni at Ashland University and Papagena in Die Zauberflöte at the Chautauqua Institution Voice Program.
Concert highlights include Strauss’ Four Last Songs with the Royal Welsh College Symphony Orchestra at St David’s Hall, Cardiff and Strauss’ Morgen for HRH the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace, London. Chanáe recently made her recital début at St. Martin-in-the-Fields singing works by Samuel Barber and Strauss’ Four Last Songs. She has performed Verdi’s cavatina Ernani, Ernani Involami on BBC Radio 3’s ‘In Tune’ and took part in a televised Masterclass with David Pountney as part of the 2015 BBC Cardiff Singer of The World Competition.
Her Oratorio work includes Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Manhattan School of Music Symphony Orchestra, the Fauré Requiem and Bach’s Magnificat with the Ashland Symphony Orchestra, Mozart Requiem, Handel’s Messiahand Théodore Dubois’ Seven Last Words of Christ.
Chanáe has won numerous awards, including the Dame Shirley Bassey Vocal Scholarship, Eileen Price Lieder Prize and Dolan Evans Award while at RWCMD; the Rotary Club Prize in the 2016 ‘Citta di Alcamo’ International Opera Singing Competition in Italy and also in 2016, the prestigious Pathfinder Award sponsored by the Arts Council of England.
Ms. Curtis holds a bachelors degree from Ashland University, a Master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music (New York City) and completed the M.A. Opera Course at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD) in Cardiff.
Engagements this season include a recital at St. Martin-in-the-Fields and the Te Deum from Verdi’s Four Sacred Pieces with the Hallé Orchestra, conducted by Sir Mark Elder which will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.
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Vera Clegg Memorial Concert
November 16, 7:30pm
Hallé Orchestra, Conductor: Sir Mark Elder
The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
St. Martin in the Fields Lunchtime Recital
October 24, 1:00 pm
St. David’s Hall Cardiff, Wales
BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Masterclass
with Sumi Jo
June 15, 3:00 pm
St. David’s Hall Cardiff, Wales