Vanessa Naghdi is a young Iranian-American soprano. Most recently, she performed the role of "Liat" with Annapolis Opera in their production of South Pacific. Ms. Naghdi made her operatic role debut as "Amy March" in Little Women as a Young Artist with Nightingale Opera Theatre in Hudson, Ohio. Last season, she joined Arizona Opera as a Teaching Artist in their Education and Outreach department, where she gave performances as a part of the Rediscovered Voices Festival and Grand Canyon Music Festival and was described as a “strong, ringing soprano” (KJZZ 91.5). Ms. Naghdi is Arizona Opera's OperaTunity touring troupe soprano. She will be performing "Rusalka" in Rusalka: The Littlest Mermaid and in Opera 101 over 100 times throughout Arizona with their Education and Outreach Department this spring. Upcoming performances include a solo recital exploring language as a part of the Valley Presbyterian Church Concert Series this spring.