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Layna Chianakas

Program Director

chianakas_summer_programMs. Chianakas, mezzo-soprano, is in her eighth year as Associate Professor of Voice, Voice Area Coordinator and Director of Opera Theater at San Jose State University. Her resume includes such leading operatic roles as Carmen (over 50 performances throughout the United States), The Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, Elle in Poulenc’s La Voix humaine, Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro and many others. Most recently, she performed Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer with Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra conducted by David Ramadanoff, La Principessa in Suor Angelica and Zita in Gianni Schicchi with Intermountain Opera in Montana, and directed Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld and Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice with the San Jose State Opera Theater.

Ms. Chianakas made a role debut of Amneris in Verdi’s Aida with Dayton Opera, and made her Carnegie Hall debut in April 2015. Upcoming engagements include directing Argento’s Postcard from Morocco for San José State Opera Theater and Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia for Opera San José. She continues to perform in opera and recital throughout the United States and this summer will be the Alto soloist in Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass as part of the Limerick Sings International Music Festival, accompanied by the Irish Chamber Orchestra. She currently lives in San José, CA with her husband and two children; her greatest productions.

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