Native Hawaiian mezzo-soprano, Sidney Walker, has been described as a “stunning performer”, who “radiates security as an artist.” She enjoyed recent success, making it to the finals of the Musica Riva Festival and the semi-finals of the L’assoluta Virginia Zeani Grand Prix in Romania. She recently relocated to Berlin after graduating from the University of Minnesota with an MM in Vocal Performance. On the stage, she has compellingly portrayed many of the significant roles from the standard repertoire including Humperdinck’s Hansel, Strauss’ Komponist, Rossini’s Isabella, and Mozart’s Dorabella.
Alongside the classic repertoire, she is also a passionate singer and supporter of new music, collaborating with living composers including Robert Aldrige, Herschel Garfein, and Laura Kaminsky. She was pleased to have performed the lead role of Hannahin the European premiere of Laura Kaminsksy’s new opera As One in Berlin with International Opera Projects.
Ms. Walker’s other roles include Carmenin La Tragédie de Carmen, Orlofskyin Die Fledermaus, Hermiain A Midsummer Night’s Dream,Foxin The Cunning Little Vixenand the mezzo-soprano soloist for the first staged production of Robert Aldridge’s dramatic oratorio Parables, all of which she performed at the University of Minnesota. She has also sung with Duluth Festival Opera and The Utah Festival Opera in roles including Dido/ Dido and Aeneas and covered Rosina/Il Barbiere di Siviglia.
Before discovering opera, Ms. Walker studied political science at Bates College in Lewiston Maine, where she specialized in the politics of indigenous groups throughout the pacific islands. She uses her diverse world experience to bring a new perspective to each role she takes on.