Evelyn Mandac Voice Studio 601 West 113th Street, New York City, NY 10025 Telephone: 212-749-6126 Email address: [email protected] EVELYN MANDAC Biography Born in the Philippines, Evelyn Mandac, Soprano, came to the United States on a Fulbright Scholarship to study at Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music. Later, studying on a Rockefeller Grant at The Juilliard School in New York, she won the Metropolitan Opera Auditions and was one of the winners in the Queen Elizabeth International Voice Competition in Brussels, Belgium. Her career started taking off when she started singing 20th Century music by eminent composers. Even as a student at Juilliard, she was soon singing professionally in American and World Premieres of works by Thomas Pasatieri, Rodney Bennett, Luciano Berio, and Jakob Druckman. Her American Premiere of Berio’s Passaggio toured in the United States and in Italy. She sang the role of “Berta” in the World Premiere of Thomas Pasatieri’s The Black Widow for the Seattle Opera and the title role in Ines de Castro for the Baltimore Opera (also Pasatieri). While this career path in new music was unfolding, she was singing standard operatic roles at major opera houses around the world. Ms. Mandac sang operatic roles with the major singers of our time: Birgit Nilsson, Richard Tucker, Kiri Te Kanawa, Placido Domingo, Shirley Verrett, Jose van Dam, and Marilyn Horne. Major European and American opera houses included those in Rome, Geneva, Lyon, Cologne, Houston, Santa Fe, San Francisco and New York’s Metropolitan Opera. Ms. Mandac sang in Europe at the Holland Opera Festival singing in Henze’s Der Junge Lord and Donizetti’s Don Pasquale. She sang at the Salzburg Festival, with Herbert von Karajan conducting Le Nozze di Figaro. At the prestigious Glyndebourne Festival Opera she appeared as “Susanna” in the Marriage of Figaro and as “Despina” in Cosi fan Tutte; both conducted by John Pritchard. In the United States she sang at the Houston Grand Opera in the American Premiere of a staged opera production of Handel’s Rinaldo as “Almirena”, opposite Marilyn Horne in the title role. She sang the role of “Mimi” in La Boheme with the Washington Opera, and also for that company sang the poignant role of “Manon” at the Kennedy Center in a new production of Massenet’s Manon. As she continued to appear in lead roles of 18th, 19th and 20th Century operas, she sang “Melisande” in Debussy’s Pelleas and Melisande with the Rome Opera and Santa Fe Opera. She returned again to the Kennedy Center with the Washington Opera to sing “Ann Truelove” in Stravinsky’s Rake’s Progress. As a soloist with orchestra, engagements included the Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Symphony, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Repertoire included among others Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Maher’s 2nd and 4th Symphonies, the Brahms Requiem, Barber’s Knoxville, Summer of 1915, and Orff’s Carmina Burana. Major conductors included James Levine, Zubin Mehta, Seiji Ozawa, Claudio Abbado, Eugene Ormandy, Erich Leinsdorf, and Herbert Von Karajan. Ms. Mandac and Sherrill Milnes’ recording of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Boston Symphony conducted by Seiji Ozawa, is the most downloaded recording of this piece on the internet. It is available on CD, an RCA recording which was remastered and enhanced in 2000. Her live performance of Meyerbeer’s L’Africaine as “Ines”, with Shirley Verrett and Placido Domingo, was with the San Francisco Opera conducted by Perisson. It is also available on CD. Ms. Mandac has had residencies as a visiting scholar and teacher, as well as giving master classes for the University of the Philippines. She has also done master classes for the University of Santo Thomas in Manila and has been invited to do an opera workshop for the Philippine Opera Company. In the United States master classes have been sponsored by the Mayi Theatre of New York and the Felipe de Leon Music Foundation at the Philippine Consulate. On the West Coast she returns frequently to San Francisco to teach singers from Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland, and the Bay Area; as well as offering Master Classes for the City College of San Francisco Concert and Lecture Series. Evelyn Mandac presently maintains a private voice studio in New York City, where she teaches students from many countries. Ms. Mandac is not simply a well known performer, but also believes in pursuing a balance in one’s life, beyond music. This includes the concept of doing selfless service. In New York she has contributed her time to be with and play with children with HIV at St Luke’s Hospital. Presently she finds time in a busy teaching schedule to do volunteer work as one of the major coordinators for a “Mother’s Kitchen” for the homeless and senior citizens. Ms. Mandac is an experienced practitioner of yoga and meditation. She is immersed in teaching the discipline and preparation necessary for a singing career, a path she knows well. She also is most interested in helping her students go on a journey of discovery of the voice, which ultimately leads to the discovery of the self.