Biography of Anima

Anima, is a passionate Drammatica D’agilta Soprano that inspires the affections of her audience while creating controversy in her field. She looks like a Despina, Zerlina, and Zerbinetta while she sounds like a Violetta, Isolde, and Norma. Anima’s traditional bel-canto style of singing, and ability to captivatingly perform repertoire in any language, allow her to flexibly explore and perform numerous works written for the baroque, classical, and romantic era voice. Her repertoire spans from Sixteenth Century Opera through time to Twenty-First Century Music with a concentration in Italian repertoire.

Anima has enjoyed the great opportunity to perform throughout the United States and Northern Italy. She has produced and performed over 250 concerts here and abroad. She has appeared at Francis Marion University in Kassab Auditorium in Florence, South Carolina; Coker College in Boatwright Auditorium in Hartsville, South Carolina; The Sumter Opera House, Sumter, South Carolina; Bishopville Opera House, Bishopville, South Carolina; at Syracuse University in Sentor Auditorium and Hendricks Chapel in Syracuse, New York; and at the Eastman School of Music in the renowned Kilbourne Hall in Rochester, New York. She has given performances at the Rome Art and Community Center and has performed at Munson Williams-Proctor Institute in Utica, New York.

Anima has been an active member of local music clubs and organizations such as the B# and Etude Clubs, and donates her voice annually to the Relay for Life Walk for Cancer Research. She has performed for Italian Festivals, Rotary Club, Rome Club, Zonta Women’s Club, Wednesday Morning Club, Arts in the Park, America Days, numerous recitals totaling over 200 and was hired last year by the Rome City School District in New York and Marion County Intermediate School in South Carolina to impact local youth with an experience and introduction to opera.

Anima won 1st prize in the Stars of Tomorrow Competition in New York City, first prize and State Champion in the NATS 2003 competition, and has been the recipient of numerous awards for the purpose of studying and performing. She has also performed at music festivals in Italy, including the Spoleto festival, and in forums in America for new composers of American classical music. Anima has also performed live on Good Morning Carolinas a television talk show, and she has performed live on Public Broadcasting with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. Her recitals have been heard on Performance Today on NPR broadcasting, and she has appeared on educational television and performed live on the Connection Today with Dick Gorden on PRI.

Anima has had the good fortune of studying vocal techniques with published author and award winning vocal scientist Cornelius Reid in New York City; with Jean-Ann Teal at Mansfield University; Laura-Lyn Kolb of Hamilton College and Colgate University; Pati Thompson at Syracuse University; Carrol Webber with the greatly missed William McIver at Eastman School of Music; and with Dr. James Beaumier of Coker College. All afforded Anima very important keys to her development as a singer and artist.

Anima has participated in renowned master classes throughout the country and abroad including: A “Schubertiade” presented by Pianist for Fredericka von Stadt and Vocal Coach Martin Katz at Rider School of Music of Westminster College in Princeton, New Jersey; “Italian Technique and Presentation” presented by Enza Ferarri (Maria Callas’ vocal coach) in Spoleto, Italy; and “Techniques on the Breath” presented by Deborah Birenbaum at Columbia College in Columbia, South Carolina. Anima has also had the privilege of working with The Charleston Symphony Orchestra in Charleston, South Carolina; The Utica Symphony Orchestra in Utica, New York under the direction of Maestro Charles Schneider; The Sumter Chamber Orchestra in Sumter, South Carolina under the direction of Maestro Logan Young; Italian Composer and Maestro Bruno Rigacci with the Spoleto Festival Orchestra; American Composer Dr. Sherry Woods; Pianist and Emi Recording Artist and winner of the London Piano Competition Chiharu Sakai Carpenter;  award winning Pianist Dr. Benjamin Woods, the esteemed Dr. Charles Fugo of USC, and Pianist Dr. Janet Elshazly.