Overture Magazine - 2015-2016 Season March-April 2016 - Page 31

program notes { Laquita Mitchell Bess Soprano Laquita Mitchell consistently earns acclaim at eminent international opera companies, leading performances with Los Angeles Opera, San Francisco Opera, Washington National Opera and Opéra Comique in Paris, among many others. After her début as Bess in Porgy and Bess with the San Francisco Opera, Ms. Mitchell has reprised the role with the Atlanta Opera, the Tanglewood Festival, and the Cleveland Orchestra. Ms. Mitchell is also an active concert artist, and her performances include Over the Rainbow — an evening honoring Harold Arlen at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with the Louisville Orchestra, a début with the New World Symphony in Alberto Ginastera’s Cantata para la América Mágica, and her Boston Symphony Orchestra debut as the soprano soloist in Wynton Marsalis’ All Rise under the direction of Kurt Masur. A native of New York City, Ms. Mitchell was a 2004 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions grand prize winner, and was awarded a Sara Tucker Award. She was also the first prize winner of the Wiener Kammeroper’s Hans Gabor Belvedere Competition, making her the first American to win this competition in more than 20 years. Ms. Mitchell holds a master of music degree and the professional studies certificate from the Manhattan School of Music and completed her undergraduate studies at Westminster Choir College. Ke ssan Wi nan Laquita Mitchell is making her debut with the BSO. Onadek Winan Clara Onadek Winan, a native of Paris, is an undergraduate student at The Juilliard School, where she has been awarded an Alumni Fund Scholarship and a Leona Gordon L