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Lydia Grindatto


A native of Tijeras, New Mexico, soprano Lydia Grindatto is a third-year Resident Artist at the Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA) and is a 2024 Grand Finals Winner of the Metropolitan Opera Laffont Competition.


During the 2023-24 season, Ms. Grindatto makes house debuts with Arizona Opera as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni and Opera Columbus as Tatiana in Eugene Onegin. During the summer, she will join the prestigious Merola Opera Program, returning to the role of Donna Anna. Earlier this season, Lydia sang the title role in Donizetti’s Anna Bolena at AVA, and was invited to perform popular opera selections alongside featured guest star Michael Fabiano in a concert with Opera Italiana is in the Air at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. The 2024-2025 season will bring her company and role debut with Utah Opera as Nedda in Pagliacci.


Lydia Grindatto was a 2023 Apprentice Artist at the Santa Fe Opera, where she made her company debut as the Second Wood Sprite, in addition to covering the title role, in Dvořák’s Rusalka. Her opera roles at the Academy of Vocal Arts have included Donna Anna, Violetta in La traviata, and Tatiana. Lydia has been recently recognized as a winner in several prestigious competitions, including the Opera Index Awards, The Loren L. Zachary Society Competition, the Gerda Lissner Foundation Competition, as well as winning the top prize in AVA’s Giargiari Bel Canto Competition.


The soprano has also appeared as a featured soloist in various concert settings, including the chamber ensemble Antigua y Moderna, the University of New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, and the AVA Orchestra. Lydia holds a B.M. in Vocal Performance from the University of New Mexico.

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