About the Artist:
Mezzo-soprano Tessa Romano graduated with her Doctorate in vocal performance and pedagogy from CU Boulder in May of 2018 where she studied under Jennifer Bird-Arvidsson. Dr. Romano received her Masters degree at the University of Michigan in vocal performance and her Bachelors degree at Princeton University in Italian. During her time at Princeton, Dr. Romano sang with the Princeton Katzenjammers, the Princeton Chapel Choir, and the Princeton Chamber Choir. She was a featured soloist in many performances at Princeton, most notably the American Handel Society Festival and as Jenna in the premier of Anthony Davis’ Lear on the Second Floor.
Originally from Syracuse, New York, Dr. Romano has performed with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra as well as the Hartford Symphony. Notable opera roles include the title role and the Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Tolomeo in Giulio Cesare, Jade Boucher in Dead Man Walking, and Mother Marie in Dialogues des Carmélites. Dr. Romano was a 2016 Aspen Opera Center Fellow and a 2017 CU New Opera Workshop Fellow. Past awards include First Place in the Florida Grieg Voice Competition, Winner of The Art of Art Song Competition and Winner of the Franco-American Vocal Academy’s Grand Concours Prize. As a recitalist, Dr. Romano has performed programs entirely in Norwegian, as well as programs critically examining the difference between cultural appropriation versus appreciation in which she has sung in the Hindustani and Carnatic styles. She now works as a freelance performer and voice teacher in the Greater New York City area, and tours nationally with the VOCES8 Choral Scholars of America. Dr. Romano is thrilled to return to Princeton University to perform this program with flutist Elisa Muzzillo.