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Gandhi, Priti Mezzo-soprano
A native of Bombay, India, Priti Gandhi has been praised for her “dazzling, shimmering coloratura” wrapped in a “velvet-toned, luscious” voice. Revista Pro Opera recently named her “an ascending presence in American theatres,” while the American Record Guide describes her as “excellent.”

Ms. Gandhi’s career spans the zwischen fach repertoire with performances of roles including Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni at the Estates Theatre in Prague, Cenerentola of La Cenerentola in Dayton and San Diego, Dorabella in Così fan tutte with Austin Lyric Opera, Mallika in Lakmè with the Michigan Opera Theatre, and Second Lady in Die Zauberflöte in San Diego.

Her most recent engagements include Silvia in a concert performance of Mozart’s Ascanio in Alba in Mexico City with Brian Asawa, Waltraute in Christoph Eschenbach’s Die Walküre at the Théâtre du Châtelet of Paris, The Fox in Francesca Zambello’s production of The Little Prince at Tulsa Opera, Varvara in Kat’a Kabanova with Patricia Racette at San Diego Opera, and Echo in Ariadne auf Naxos with Jane Eaglen at Seattle Opera.

Of her recent return to the role of Cenerentola with San Diego and Dayton earlier this year, critics had to say, "…If you couldn't actually see her eyes sparkle and flash from your seat, you could certainly sense it. And no matter where you sat, you definitely could hear the gleam in her voice, which has both depth and charm that will surely flower as the relative newcomer pursues an operatic career…”

Ms. Gandhi has merited awards and recognition at home as well as internationally; she was a prize finalist in the prestigious 2000 International Antonín Dvorák Competition of the Czech Republic, in addition to earning special recognition awards from the Dvorák Society and the Opera Mozart Association of Prague. In the United States, she was named a Western Regional Finalist of the 1999 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. In 2004, she was awarded an Austin Critic’s Table Awards nomination for her performances as Dorabella in Austin Lyric Opera’s Così fan tutte.

In concert, she has been a featured soloist with the Mainly Mozart Festival and the San Diego Symphony in works such as Mozart’s Mass in C Minor, Luciano Berio’s Folksongs, and Mozart’s Mass in C, Spatzen-Messe.

Ms. Gandhi has sung under the baton of celebrated conductors such as Christoph Eschenbach, Richard Bonynge, Edoardo Müller, John DeMain, Gerard Schwarz, John Fiore, Christoph Perick, Asher Fisch, and David Atherton. Directors with whom she has worked include Robert Wilson, Leon Major, Michael Hampe, Lotfi Mansouri, François Rochaix, Chris Alexander, Sharon Ott, and Sonja Frisell.

Early in her career as a promising young artist, Ms. Gandhi was the subject of a documentary co-produced by San Diego Opera and UCSD-TV, entitled “The Education of an Opera Singer.” Her recordings include Anthony Davis’ contemporary opera Tania (based on the abduction of Patty Hearst), available on Koch International Classics.

Engagements in the 2007/2008 season included her Los Angeles Opera debut in Weill’s The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahoganny with Audra McDonald, her Opera Pacific debut in Die Zauberflöte with Maestro John DeMain, and at San Diego Opera in Il Trovatore with Maestro Edoardo Müller.

Robert Gilder & Company with Pinnacle Arts Management Inc.:

Buffs Performance(s): N/A
Grants awarded: Fahizah Tania (Anthony Davis)
Website: pritigandhi.com

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