Lydia Dahling

Soprano Lydia Dahling is an emerging singer known for her dynamic and intimate performances and her wide range of vocal colors. This season she sings Melinda in selections from Bánk bán and Proserpina in Caccini's L'Euridice with The Cantanti Project, for which she also served as dramaturg. Last season, she sang Dorinda (Orlando) and the title role of Dido and Aeneas, and joined the Academy of Sacred Drama as Obbedienza in Bassani's 1689 oratorio Giona. Her interpretation of Zerlina (Don Giovanni) with Mannes Opera was called “sweet voiced” by Opera News. Other credits include Kate Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly) with Sugar Creek Opera, Pamina (The Magic Flute) and the title role of Alcina. Also a performer of chamber music, she has performed works by Shostakovich, Berg, and Respighi. Dahling holds degrees from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and Mannes College. She is also the co-host of the podcast “Straight From the Wolf’s Mouth”. A native of Indiana, she currently resides in New York City.

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Tara Gruszkiewicz

Emerging mezzo Tara Gruszkiewicz is pleased to collaborate with the Cantanti Project again, after singing in several concert projects and as Bradamante in Alcina in recent seasons. This season, Tara toured China with artists from the iSing! International Young Artists Festival for multiple national television performances of Chinese song. Last summer at iSing, Tara debuted the role of Zita in Gianni Schicchi, and began to develop a repertoire in Mandarin. This summer, Tara will be featured alongside bass-baritone Hao Jiang Tian in concert at Herbst Hall in San Francisco, before returning to the iSing festival for a national concert tour. Past operatic roles include La Zia Principessa, Hansel, Le prince charmant, Dorabella, Sesto (La Clemenza di Tito), Erste Norn, and Miss Todd (The Old Maid and the Thief). She holds a Masters Degree from the Manhattan School of Music. Tara resides in upper Manhattan, where she enjoys riding her bike and caring for her cats, Legend and Sardine.

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