Tara Venkatesan (soprano) has performed as a soloist with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, with the American Baroque Orchestra, at the Closing Ceremony of the 2010 Commonwealth Games, for the Dalai Lama, for the President of Austria, for the Prime Minister of India, and as recording artist for Walt Disney.
Past opera credits include Clori (lead) in F. Cavalli’s L’Egisto (Yale Baroque Opera Project, 2018), Galatea (lead) in Galatea, a new G.F. Handel pastiche (Yale University, 2017), Cassandra in F. Cavalli’s La Didone (Yale Baroque Opera Project, 2017), and Thalia in a S. Landi and D. Belli pastiche opera, La Lira Muta (Elm City Consort, 2017).
She has had the privilege of studying voice under Gerald Wirth (Artistic Director of the Vienna Boys Choir) and Sally Sanford (DMA, Stanford University). She was also a member of the pre-college Young Artist Programme at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, Singapore.
In addition to studying voice, she loves learning languages and speaks Italian, Spanish, French, Hindi and Tamil. She has done original supertitle translations for baroque Italian operas, such as La Lira Muta, La Didone, and L’Egisto.
She graduated this May with a B.S. in Cognitive Science from Yale University and has spent the last several years conducting music cognition research at labs in Yale and Harvard University. She looks forward to starting her PhD in Experimental Psychology at Oxford University studying music perception this fall.
She is obsessed with early music and is extremely excited about performing in Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea at the Halifax Summer Opera Festival!