Opera artist and vocalist, classical performer, teacher: Genia Kastanas

Soprano EphiGenia Kastanas hails from New England. She embarked on her musical journey from church choir member to classical music and opera performer. She plays operatic roles in the United States, Europe and Canada.

Her passion, sensibility, and surrender to music is evident in her performances. Genia uses her voice to bring the “eros” of music to all. Much like the mythological character, Iphigenia, she honors her Greek heritage by sacrificing herself to continuous practice, study, and performance of music.

Performance highlights:

  • Grand Stage International, Setubal, Portugal 2019: Norma, from Bellini’s Norma
  • New Jersey Opera Association of Versimo Opera 2018: Clotilde, from Bellini’s Norma
  • Three lead roles in Southern France: Bagatelle (Bagatelle), Le Mariage aux Lanternes (Catherine), and La Périchole (Brambilla)
  • MSM productions of l’Enfant et les Sortileges (l’Enfant understudy) and Die Zauberflöte (Papagena, Erster Knabe)
  • Carmen (Frasquita), Die Fledermaus (Adele, Rosalinda), and Le Nozze di Figaro (Susanna)
  • Toured with International Vocal Academy Institute, performing such arias as Bizet’s Carmen and scenes from Menotti’s Telephone
  • World Premier competition celebrating the Feast of St. Demetrious

Her vocal educational credentials begin with her Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from the Hartt School of Music in Connecticut. With a thirst for expanding her knowledge, craft, skills and ability, she was accepted into the Master’s program at the Manhattan School of Music in New York and attained her Masters in Vocal Performance.

EphiGenia continues her coaching and vocal instruction, under Joan Dornemann and Olga Makarina.

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“It is Ms. Kastanas’ appetite for music and her desire to perform that allows her to feel at home on the performance stage. Her voice is filled with a confidence, vitality, and virtue that makes her a presence, one to remember.”