Soprano Sydney Mancasola is a Grand Finals winner of the 2013 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and a graduate of the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. She began her musical training as a classical violinist in her home state of California and went on to study voice at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where she completed her Bachelor of Music degree in 2011. She is an alumna of young artist programs at Santa Fe Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and the Brevard Music Center.
The 2015–16 season marks Ms. Mancasola’s European debut at the Komische Oper Berlin as the three heroines in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, and Servilia in a concert performance of La clemenza di Tito. She will also reprise the title role in Massenet’s Manon in a return to Des Moines Metro Opera. Last season saw Ms. Mancasola’s company debut with Palm Beach Opera as Marie in La Fille du régiment and role debut as Leïla in Les Pêcheurs de perles with Florida Grand Opera. She also returned to Opera Theatre of Saint Louis as Lisette in Puccini’s La Rondine and sang Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with the Sun Valley Symphony and Handel’s Messiah with the Baltimore Symphony. She makes her San Francisco Symphony debut with these performances.