Soprano adds voice to production

Salmon Arm raised Stephanie Nakagawa will be the solo soprano for an upcoming production of Mozart's Great Mass.

Former Salmon Arm resident Stephanie Nakagawa is the soprano soloist in Mozart’s Great Mass.

Former Salmon Arm resident Stephanie Nakagawa is the soprano soloist in Mozart’s Great Mass.

Soprano Stephanie Nakagawa is lending her spectacular voice to Mozart’s Great Mass in a production presented by the Vivace Chorale and the Aura Chamber Choir.

Raised in Salmon Arm, Nakagawa recently returned to the Okanagan as the soprano soloist in Messiah with the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra.

The young talent has worked with the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis,  in the Opera on the Go program and as a company Gerdine Young Artist, an opera young artist program named for the Opera Theatre of St. Louis’ founding board chairman.

Nakagawa has won numerous awards – as a student in the annual Shuswap Music Festival, the Western Canada District – Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and the BC Provincial Festival of the Performing Arts.

Her stage credits include Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, Musetta in La Bohème, Adele in Die Fledermaus, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Miss Wordsworth in Albert Herring, a Gossip in The Ghosts of Versailles and Yvette in La Rondine.

She has sung with many ensembles including the Aspen Music Festival, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Indiana University Opera Theater, Bard on the Beach, UBC Opera, Westcoast Symphony, Oberlin in Italy, prince George Symphony and the North Bohemian Philharmonic.

Nakagawa, who has sung as a soloist in many productions, was awarded the UBC medal when she graduated with her bachelor degree in music and holds a masters degree from Indiana University,

As well, she is pursuing her doctorate at UBC, holds Associate of The Royal Conservatory (ARCT) performance diplomas in piano and voice and is the winner of the Conservatory’s Voice Gold Medal.

Nakagawa will perform in Mozart’s Great Mass with soprano Mia Harris, tenor Tomas Bijok, bass Alan Corbishley and the Brandenburg Orchestra, under the direction of Imant Raminsh Saturday, April 12 at Vernon’s Trinity United Church. For more information, email aura chamber.com or call 250-503-1927.