Written and interviewed by AVA Administrative Associate Stephen Trygar
The Meet the New Resident Artists! Blog Series is a sequence of Q&As designed for you to get to know our new artists. Today, we invite you to learn about our new soprano, Lydia Grindatto! Ms. Grindatto comes to us from the University of New Mexico. She has performed a variety of different roles, such as Madame Silberklang in Die Schauspieldirektor, Violetta in La traviata, and Erste Edelknabe in Lohengrin. She has also received first place in the Vocal Artistry Art Song Festival Competition in both 2020 and 2021, Semifinalist in the 2017 Classical Singer Magazine Competition, and Encouragement Winner in the 2021 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. For a full list of Ms. Grindatto’s previous roles and competitions, visit her biography on the AVA website!
Tell us a little bit about yourself!
“I am from a small town in New Mexico, which is where I have lived my entire life until now. I’m married to an adventurous Swiss man who loves opera almost as much as I do, and we are passionate about travel, culture, and the arts. I am obsessed with all types of art and enjoy hobbies such as running a photography business, Instagramming my travel adventures, and pretending that I am on HGTV/renovating my house from top to bottom.”
What has been your favorite role to perform?
“I recently had the opportunity to cover Violetta from La Traviata, and I would have to say she is my favorite so far. She is complex, vibrant, and rich with intrigue and heart-wrenching experiences that speak to the human soul. I love the range of emotion she feels throughout the opera, as well as the considerable vocal challenge the music requires. Covering the role was an incredible experience, and I am very much looking forward to transforming into her on the stage someday!”
What is your dream role?
“My first professional opera experience was as a chorus member in Norma, and I have been in love with her ever since. Her power, grace, and divine melodic lines are calling my name!”
What made you want to get involved in opera?
“My mom is a singer, and she always instilled a love of classical music in me. She took me to the Santa Fe Opera starting when I was about 7 years old, and I loved it even though I always fell asleep at intermission. I originally thought I wanted to be a pop singer, but I changed my mind when I was a teenager; I was accepted to the Santa Fe Opera Young Voices program and through that experience I was encouraged to pursue a music degree. Then in my undergrad, I performed my first-ever opera role, and I have been smitten with opera ever since.”
Tell us something interesting about yourself!
“I chose to take my husband’s last name–Grindatto–because it sounded like a better name for an opera singer. However, it turns out that it actually means “ugly face.” It’s a bit of a joke, but I like to think of it as a positive because opera singers need to have a thick skin, and not much can offend me if I get called Lydia “ugly face” every day!”