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Sydney Penny

Voice Type:

Soprano

Nationality:

American

Country:

United States

Languages (fluent):

English, German

Opera

Nausicaa
NIGHTTOWN: An operatic retelling of Joyces ULYSSES (Benjamin Perry Wenzelberg)
Lowell House Opera
2022
Susanna
Le Nozze di Figaro (Mozart)
Harvard College Opera
2021
Papagena
Die Zauberflöte (Mozart)
Berlin Opera Academy
2021
Serpina
La Serva Padrona (Pergolesi)
Harvard College Italian Opera Course
2020
Pamina
Die Zauberflöte (Mozart)
Harvard College Opera
2019
Erster Knabe
Die Zauberflöte (Mozart)
Harvard College Opera
2019
Cendrillon
Cendrillon (Massenet)
Harvard College Opera
2018

Operetta/G&S

Mabel
Pirates of Penzance (Sullivan (G&S))
Harvard College Gilbert and Sullivan Society
2021
Patience
Patience (Sullivan (G&S))
Harvard College Gilbert and Sullivan Society
2018

Musical Theatre

Lily
The Secret Garden (Lucy Simon/Marsha Norman)
Needham High School
2018

Covered Covered & Performed Scenes Premiere of New Work Concert COVID-cancelled

If I Loved You (Sydney Penny Soprano)

Morgen! Strauss (Sydney Penny Soprano)

O Quand Je Dors (Sydney Penny Soprano)

Verschwiegene Liebe Wolf (Sydney Penny Soprano)

Veronice Dunne Bursary - Semifinalist (2021)

Competitions

Fidelity Young Artists Competition - Grand Prize Winner (2018)

Abingdon School for Solo Singers
Abingdon School for Solo Singers
2019
Bachelor of Arts (German and Literature)
Harvard University
2018–2022

The 21-year-old soprano Sydney Penny from Boston is currently in her final year at Harvard University, pursuing a Bachelors Degree in Germanistik and Comparative Literature, while also studying privately with Professor Sharon Daniels, Associate Professor of Voice at the Boston University College of Fine Arts. Sydney could be seen on the stage as Patience in the operetta Patience, Mabel in the operetta Pirates of Penzance, and Lily in The Secret Garden, as well as Serpina in Pergolesi’s intermezzo La Serva Padrona, Erste Knabe in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and Papagena in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. A highlight of her undergraduate studies has been singing chamber music, namely performing Paul Stanhope’s modern composition “Three Lorca Songs” written for soprano and piano trio, as part of the Harvard Chamber Music ensemble, as well as Schubert’s “Der Hirt auf dem Felsen” with the MIT Chamber Music Society (Final performance unfortunately cancelled due to COVID-19.) From a young age, Sydney has had success in regional and international competitions, most recently as one of the youngest Semifinalists in the prestigious international Veronica Dunne Bursary for Young Singers. She is currently the youngest member of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, the resident chorus of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
At age 18, Sydney won the Fidelity Young Artist Competition, winning the opportunity to sing the French art song “Villanelle” by Eva Dell’acqua under the baton of Keith Lockhart at the historic Symphony Hall in Boston, MA. She was also selected as a Semifinalist in the National Classical Singer competition at age 17, competing amongst the top 30 young singers in the country. Regionally, Sydney won 1st place in the NATS Competition in Boston and 1st place in the Peter Elvins Vocal Competition. Further training includes Berlin Opera Academy, Songfest at Colburn Institute of Music, the Brevard Music Center program for High School Voices, the Metropolitan Opera Guild’s High School Voice Program and the Abingdon School for Solo Singers. In masterclasses, Sydney has sung for Elaine Kidd, Penelope Bitzas, Henry Hereford, Robin Bowman, Christine Cairns, Margaret H. Clark, Margo Garrett, Martha Guth, Mary Ann Hart, Kevin Murphy, Morris Robinson, Joan Rodgers and Harolyn Blackwell. Most recently she was selected by a panel consisting of Susan Graham, James Burton and Vinson Cole to sing as part of the Tanglewood Masterclass Series for Dawn Upshaw.
Taking a particular interest in German opera and Lieder, Sydney will write an original English translation of R. Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier as her graduating Senior Thesis from Harvard University, and she hopes her academic study of classical music will inform her future pursuit in a career of music.

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