Vanessa Naghdi, Soprano, is originally from the Washington, D.C. area. She recently completed an 8-month residency with Opera Colorado as an Artist in Residence. While there, Ms. Naghdi reprised her role of Nannetta in Falstaff under the baton of Maestro Ari Pelto. She created the role of Mrs. Soep and covered Ina Soep in the world premiere of the opera Steal a Pencil for Me, with music by Gerald Cohen and libretto by Deborah Brevoort. Ms. Naghdi also performed the role of Adina in The Elixir of Love and debuted the role of Clorinda in the premiere of Cinderella (touring productions) there. She also covered the role of Musetta in La Bohème with the company. Ms. Naghdi returned to Arizona Opera this past season as Pamina and 1st Lady in The Mini-Magic Flute.