Dramatic soprano Adrienne Chandhok has performed a wide variety of roles in opera, from standard to contemporary repertoire as well as in operetta. Possessing a dramatic soprano voice of unusual range and flexibility, she has received critical acclaim not only for the power and beauty of her voice, but also for the vivid intensity inherent in her dramatic portrayals. Ms. Chandhok has also shown an outstanding potential for the hochdramatische Wagnerian roles.
Among her recent performances, Ms. Chandhok appeared in the world premiere performances in Los Angeles of composer Mark Peterson’s opera Israel, creating the role of Mahalath. On three hours notice she covered the role of Tosca, in performances of that opera with the New West Symphony, also in Los Angeles. She also recently completed recording the soundtracks for independent filmmaker Azdine Melitti’s latest film, Split Second and for Carmen Marron’s Go For It. Other roles in her repertoire include Turandot, Lady Macbeth, Minnie in La fanciulla del West, Elektra, Leonora in Fidelio, the three Brunnhildes and Isolde.
Ms. Chandhok began her career as a mezzo-soprano, appearing in such roles as Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier, Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte, and Maddalena in Rigoletto, among others, and she covered the role of Leda in Richard Strauss’ rarely performed opera Die Liebe der Danae at the Santa Fe Opera.
Displaying her versatility, she also created the role of The Countess in the world premiere performances of David Winkler’s opera All’s Well that Ends Well in New York. On the lighter side, she appeared as Katisha in The Mikado with the Chattanooga Opera.
Equally at home in the oratorio and concert realms, she has appeared in the past several seasons with local and regional symphonies throughout Southern California as soprano soloist in such works as Orff’s Carmina Burana, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, and Gounod’s St. Cecilia Mass, as well as programs of operatic arias and duets. Ms. Chandhok has also appeared as a featured soloist with the Orchestra of the Sessione Senese on a concert tour of Central Italy, at the Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, and the Palais Kinsky in Vienna, Austria. As a recitalist, she has been heard in New York on the Trinity Church/St. Paul’s Chapel Concert Series, with the American Landmarks Festival at Federal Hall, at Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center, as well as at the Tanglewood Music Festival.
Ms. Chandhok received the First Place Award in the Connecticut Division of the National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition, and was honored to be one of only five American artists chosen to participate in the Tenth International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.. She holds a B.A. degree cum laude in Music from Connecticut College, and also studied at the Hochschüle für Müsik in Vienna, Austria. Coaches and conductors with whom she has worked include William Vendice, Dennis Giauque, Katherine Olsen Simpson, Gregory Buchalter and Ernest St. John Metz.