Soprano Amita Prakash has appeared in numerous opera productions, ensembles, chamber groups, and organizations with the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, the Universities of Michigan and Minnesota, surrounding areas in Minnesota and Cincinnati, and New York. She was also hired by the Seattle Opera’s Young Artist Program. Ms. Prakash was a featured soloist at Carnegie Hall in a concert of works by composers from the University of Michigan.
Ms. Prakash recently performed as a soloist for the Vaughn Williams’, Dona nobis pacem, as part of Cincinnati’s annual Sing for a Cause concert, with the Cincinnati Youth Symphony, the Cincinnati May Festival Youth Chorus, as well as the Lakota West and Taylor High Schools choirs. She was also a soloist for the Vivaldi Gloria, performed with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, and the Christ Church Cathedral Choir.
Opera roles include Frasquita and the Heavenly Voice in the Cincinnati Opera’s productions of Carmen and Don Carlo. She was asked to return as a soloist for the Cincinnati Opera’s 90th anniversary Gala Concert in 2010. Other roles include Thérèse in the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music’s production of Les mamelles de Tirésias, the title role in the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music’s production of Alcina, the title role in the University of Michigan’s production of The Bartered Bride, as well as the role of Mimì in the University’s production of La bohème, under the baton of Martin Katz.
She performed as a soloist for the Cincinnati Conservatory’s 2008 performance of the Bach Mass in B minor, as well as a soloist for Bach Cantatas 140, 150, 199, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, and Orff’s Carmina Burana in the surrounding area. Previous roles with the University of Minnesota include Emmie in Albert Herring, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, and Flora in The Turn of the Screw. Ms. Prakash has been a featured soloist with the University of Minnesota’s Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, and Concert Choir. She was invited to give a recital with the Schubert Club Organization in Saint Paul.
Ms. Prakash’s distinct, dark timbre compliments her affinity for Baroque and Bel canto music. Her aptitude for learning music quickly, her ability to communicate her art, and her instinctive musicality have led her to be asked to step into roles at the last minute. She is grateful for her extensive piano background and absolute pitch, which have deemed her a “smart” musician, and have allowed her to connect to her music and text on a deep level.
Awards include the Encouragement Award at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in Lexington, Kentucky, first place in the Mid Michigan Chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letters Vocal Competition in Ann Arbor, first place in the Rochester, Minnesota Music Guild competition in 2001, first place in the 3A division of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) competition in St. Cloud, Minnesota, in 2002, second place in the 5A division of the NATS competition in 2003, and first place in the Intermediate division of the Schubert Club Competition in St. Paul, Minnesota. Ms. Prakash also received the Jessye Norman Graduate Fellowship in Voice at the University of Michigan.
Ms. Prakash is a native of Rochester, Minnesota. She completed her undergraduate work at the University of Minnesota, in Minneapolis, where she received a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance. She completed her graduate work at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where she received a Master of Music degree in Voice Performance. Ms. Prakash completed an Artist Diploma in Opera Performance at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She currently teaches private voice lessons at the Toedtman School of Music in Sharonville, Ohio.
Upcoming engagements include roles with the newly founded NANO works Opera Company in Cincinnati, as well as the Queen City Opera Company. Ms. Prakash is also scheduled to give a recital in September at the Mount Washington Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati, as well as a recital next May at Christ Church Cathedral in Cincinnati.
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