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 and concerts. Celeste has broadened her repertory by performing Brazilian art song in Portuguese and has lectured on Francisca "Chiquinha" Gonzaga, Brazil's first woman conductor! Her concert of Spanish and Latin American Music, EL TESORO, was presented in 2013 and 2014 in New Jersey and New York City. In 2015 performed Mexican Art songs in two concerts in New York City with mezzo Anna Tonna and composer/pianist, Max Lifchitz. The duet "Me acerco y me retiro" based on the poetry of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz was composed specially for the Cinco de mayo concert for Celeste and Anna. Celeste recently sang ULRICA in UN BALLO IN MASCHERA in concert in Philadelphia. She joins the Atlantic Coast Opera Festival as Emilia in OTELLO in August 2016.
She reprised Frugola in IL TABARRO in New York City. In previous years, Celeste sang with Opera Company of Philadelphia in OTELLO, with Empire Opera as the Waitress, in THE GREAT SUPPER, and covered Lily and Maria in PORGY & BESS in Warsaw, Poland at the National Opera House.She also covered Lily in PORGY & BESS at the Latvian National Opera House and in the Saaremaa Opera Festival in Estonia. In 2008 Celeste sang at the Metropolitan Opera in the Extra Chorus.
An avid performer of sacred music, Celeste reprised her solo recital Songs in the Spirit:a concert of sacred music, which explores American and Western and Eastern European works. This album is available in both CD and mp3s, as well as by individual songs, on cdbaby.com, amazon.com, itunes.com, pandora.com and jango.com. Celeste performed American Spirituals in Philadelphia with a group of enthusiastic and talented singers in 2013.
Celeste has covered Maria in PORGY & BESS with Utah Festival Opera Company, was the mezzo soloist, in Verdi's MESSA DI REQUIEM with NY Choral Society's Summer Sings and sang Ulrica in UN BALLO IN MASCHERA and Doña Francisca in DONA FRANCISQUITA, both in New York City. Other important roles she has performed include the Witch in HANSEL UND GRETEL and Mamma Lucia in CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA, Frugola in IL TABARRO.
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. 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.