A classically trained opera singer known for her powerful voice, commanding presence and evocative style, Mezzo Soprano Paulette Penzvalto is swiftly making her mark as a dynamic and sought-after classical vocal artist. Miss Penzvalto has graced countless stages across the United States, Europe, and Central America and will perform the role of Countess Ceprano with North Shore Music Festival this summer. An active humanitarian, Penzvalto regularly employs her talents in support of international disabilities advocacy and will perform for several high profile charitable events during the 2014 benefit season. Ms. Penzvalto was a 2013 finalist to the Fulbright Scholar Program and recently completed a Professional Internship at The Juilliard School after graduating with an Artist Diploma in Opera Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where she was named a Corbett Scholar and sang Tisbe in La Cenerentola and Cornelia in Giulio Cesare.
She appeared as Flora in Indianapolis Opera's 2011 production of La Traviata, after her mainstage debut as Dryade in IO's production of Ariadne auf Naxos. She was a 2010 Resident Artist with Des Moines Metro Opera, and was invited to return for their 2011 season to cover Mother Marie in their production of The Dialogues of the Carmelites. As a Young Artist with Indianapolis Opera, she performed the role of Katisha in The Mikado and was selected to be a 2009 regional finalist for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Awards. A 2009 Young Artist at Cedar Rapids Opera, she Covered the role of Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte. In 2008, Ms. Penzvalto completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Voice (with Distinction) at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, Wales, where she was recipient of the Sir Geraint Evans Scholarship. She was chosen to be a BBC Choral Scholar and recorded numerous works under the baton of Sir Richard Hickox, Adrian Partington, and Thierry Fischer. In 2007, she was invited by Maestro Alain Cherel to be the soloist in Poulenc's Gloria at Concert Maîtrise St Léonard in Fougeres, France and in 2006, she sang the role of Maddalena in Rigoletto with New Operafestival di Roma in Italy. Ms. Penzvalto currently resides in New York City and coaches with Maestro Eugene Kohn.
"Paulette Penzvalto was enchanting and possessed a vocal quality even throughout her range." ~ Classical Cleveland