Native Hawaiian mezzo-soprano, Sidney Walker, is known as a compelling operatic performer as well as a featured concertist. She is now living in Berlin pursuing an international career after recently graduating from the University of Minnesota with a Masters in Vocal Performance. She was pleased to have recently performed the European premiere of Laura Kaminsksy’s new opera As One in Berlin with International Opera Projects. Ms. Walker made her European debut the previous summer (2015) in Novefeltria, Italy, where she performed the role of Isabella in a production of L’Italiana in Algeri, under the direction of Francois Loup.
While attending the University of Minnesota, she sang a number of leading roles, most recently performing the role of Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro. Other roles performed at the U of MN include Carmen in La Tragédie de Carmen, Dorabella in Cosi Fan Tutte, Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Fox in The Cunning Little Vixen. She was also chosen as the mezzo-soprano soloist for the first staged production of Robert Aldridge’s new dramatic oratorio Parables. Ms. Walker’s training also includes the Mill City Summer Opera, Johanna Meier Opera Theater Institute, Songfest, and the ECCO Program (2011) in association with the Minnesota Opera.
Beyond her extensive educational training experience, she has sung major roles with the Twin Cities Fringe Opera, where she performed the role Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel and the Komponist in Ariadne auf Naxos. She has also performed major roles with Duluth Festival Opera and The Utah Festival Opera.
Awards include: The Schubert Club (2014 Finalist, 2013 Honorable Mention, 2012 Finalist), Classical Singer Competition (2013, 1st place Minneapolis Division), NATS (2010 1st place Graduate division), MacPhail Center for Music (Performance Scholarship), and Thursday Musical (2008 Honorable Mention).