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Roseanne Ackerley: Bio

Full lyric soprano, Roseanne Ackerley will be performing as the soprano soloist in Felix Mendelssohn's Magnificat and Johann Bach's Cantata 77 “Du sollt Gott, deinen Herren, lieben” in December 2013 with the Westchester Chorale. Also this season, Ms. Ackerley sang the role of Micaëla in Carmen with Miami Lyric Opera and performed as the soprano soloist in Christus am Ölberge (Christ on the Mount of Olives) with the Westchester Oratorio Society.

In 2012, Ms. Ackerley sang the title role in Suor Angelica with Garden State Opera, Antonia in Tales of Hoffman with Opera Company of Brooklyn and was the soprano soloist in Mendelssohn's Elijah with the Westchester Oratorio Society. In 2011, she sang as the soprano soloist in Handel's Messiah with the Santa Rosa Chamber Orchestra (CA) and sang La nonna with Teatro Grattacielo in their production of I Compagnacci (Ricitelli)at Lincoln Center. Ms. Ackerley's 2010 performances include Liù in Turandot with New Rochelle Opera and Handel’s Messiah with the Westchester Chorale. In 2009, Ms. Ackerley performed Micaëla in Carmen with Miami Lyric Opera in Florida, Mimì in La bohème with Atlantic Coast Opera Festival and Bruckner's Mass No. 1 in D minor with the Westchester Oratorio Society.

In 2008, Ms. Ackerley performed Mimì in La bohème with the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera, the High Priestess in Aida with New Rochelle Opera. In 2007, Ms. Ackerley performed Mimì with One World Symphony in New York City, the Brahms and Mozart Requiems with the Westchester Chorale(NY) and an "Opera in the Park" concert with New Rochelle Opera. Previous operatic engagements include Zerlina in Don Giovanni with Connecticut Grand Opera, Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus with Atlantic Coast Opera Theatre in New Jersey and Opera in the Heights in Houston, Micaëla in Carmen with Treasure Coast Opera in Florida, Mimì in La bohème with New Rochelle Opera in New York and with the International Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv, Liù in Turandot with Union Avenue Opera in St. Louis, Mařenka in The Bartered Bride with Bronx Opera and Hanna in The Merry Widow with New Rochelle Opera.

Ms. Ackerley’s previous concert work includes Vivaldi’s Gloria, Handel’s Messiah and Dixit Dominus, Beethoven’s Mass in C, Saint-Saëns’ Christmas Oratorio, Schubert’s Mass No. 5 in A-flat, and the Requiems of Mozart, Verdi and Fauré. Ms. Ackerley received her Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the Mannes College of Music and was awarded the prestigious Richard Gold Career Grant upon graduation. In 2006, she was awarded a career grant by the New York Foundation of the Arts which was renewed in 2007.