Celeste Mann is a dynamic performer with a rare and beautiful voice. In addition to her one of a kind vocal timbre and extensive range, Celeste brings intelligence, creativity, an engaging stage presence and a commitment to "opera as theatre" to her roles. Most recently, Celeste sang a myriad of concerts during the Assisi Music Fest in Italy. In June she performed the Witch in HANSEL UND GRETEL during the Maud Powell Music Festival in Illinois, and The Waitress in THE GREAT SUPPER in New York. Last February she sang in MARGARET GARNER with Opera Company of Philadelphia. She reprised Mamma Lucia in CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA with Opera of the Hamptons. Celeste returns to Opera Company of Philadelphia in their 2007 production of PORGY AND BESS.
In 2005 Celeste performed Mamma Lucia in CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA for the Atlantic Coast Opera Festival. Closer to home, she sang Third Lady in THE MAGIC FLUTE with New York Metro Vocal Arts Ensemble, and she performed as Carmen, Third Lady and Nicklausse, in scenes from CARMEN, DIE ZAUBERFLOTE and LES CONTES D'HOFFMANN with Northport Opera Company.
Celeste has participated in V.O.I.C.Experience with Sherrill Milnes and Friends, and had the opportunity to coach with him, Jennifer Larmore and stage director Fabrizio Melano. She performed scenes from MADAMA BUTTERFLY (Suzuki) and OTELLO (Emilia).In 2004 Celeste returned to the Jarvis Conservatory, to play Moma and the featured role, Juana, in LUIS ALONSO. Her performance as Juana, received critical and audience acclaim. The DVDs of LUIS ALONSO and Antologia 2004 have been released.
In 2003 Celeste was a member of the Caramoor Young Vocal Artists Ensemble, and performed in the Caramoor International Music Festival in ELISABETH and as La Marquise in the Lesson Scene (LA FILLE DU REGIMENT) in DONIZETTI ABROAD. Celeste created the role of Bona di Guelfuccio in IL POVERELLO, in Assisi, Italy. Easily at home in opera and zarzuela, Celeste excelled as Menegilda in the 30 performance run of BROADWAY/LA GRAN VIA at Thalia Spanish Theatre in NYC. This leading comic role engaged her singing, speaking, acting and dancing talents.
A former Resident Artist of Dicapo Opera Theatre, Celeste was awarded the Gary Giardina Young Artist Award for Excellence and Loyalty at Dicapo. She has also won the Premio Studio Monte dei Paschi di Siena, awarded by Siena's Dante Alighieri Society. Recently Celeste received full scholarships from the Assisi Music Fest and Maud Powell Opera Institute. Fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, Celeste has lived and studied in Brazil, the Dominican Republic and Mexico. She achieved a BA with Distinction in Spanish from Yale University and a Masters from the University of Iowa. An avid performer of sacred music, Celeste reprises her solo recital Songs in the Spirit:a concert of sacred music, which explores American and Western and Eastern European works. Celeste is also a performing member of the Professional Women Singers Association (PWSA).
Songs in the Spirit