Vanessa Naghdi is a young Iranian-American soprano originally from the Washington, D.C. area. She is currently a Resident Young Artist with Opera Colorado. Most recently, Ms. Naghdi debuted the role of Clorinda in the premiere of the company's Cinderella touring production. She also covered the role of Musetta in La Bohème. Ms. Naghdi will be singing Adina in The Elixir of Love (touring production) and covering the role of Ina Soep in the world premiere of Steal a Pencil for Me, as well as Nannetta in Falstaff, which she will also perform this spring. In 2015, she joined Arizona Opera as a Teaching Artist in their Education and Outreach department. Ms. Naghdi performed Rusalka in Rusalka: The Littlest Mermaid and as herself in Opera 101 over 100 times throughout Arizona this past spring with their touring troupe. She is thrilled to be a part of Opera Colorado's upcoming season.

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