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Dastoor, Khori Soprano
Fast-rising soprano Khori Dastoor has delighted audiences in venues throughout the country and abroad. Her recent debut as the title role in Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor was described by Opera News as "moving, increasingly distraught portrayal that offered agile acting and gripping fragility and anguish that was the stuff of art" and hailed by the San José Mercury News as "one of the most exciting performances I've seen, on any stage, in the past several years."

Ms. Dastoor returns to California after graduating with honors from the New England Conservatory of Music. She recently appeared as Miss Wordsworth in Albert Herring at the Aspen Music Festival under the baton of Maestro Robert Spano and in the role of Gabrielle in Offenbach's La Vie Parisienne with Lake George Opera. Khori has frequently appeared with the community programs division of the Los Angeles Opera, and has performed the role of "Sophie de Palma" in the critically acclaimed revival of Terrence McNally's Master Class at the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara. Other favorite roles include the title role in Lakmé, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, Gilda in Rigoletto, and Maria in West Side Story.

Deeply committed to new music, Ms. Dastoor created the role of La Novia in the world premiere of Lorca: Child of the Moon at the Freud Playhouse and also recently originated the title role in the world premiere of The Tree at the Los Angeles Theatre Center. She also appeared as Mary in the world premiere of Paul Chihara's Magnificat with the Angeles Chorale and Debut Orchestra this past year.

A native of Pasadena, Ms. Dastoor is currently a principal artist in residence with Opera San José whilst concluding doctoral studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she is the recipient of the Dean's Award for the School of Arts and Architecture.

Last season she perfored as the soprano soloist in the Brahms'Requiem with the Angeles Chorale, the roles of Despina (Cosi Fan Tutte), Adina (L'elisir d'Amore), and Micaela (Carmen) with Opera San José, and a return to the Lake George Opera Festival as Mabel (The Pirates of Penzance) and Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi and Buoso's Ghost).

This season she will perform the title role in Manon with San José Opera.
Buffs Performance(s): 4/29/07
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Website: khoridastoor.com

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