SHAWNETTE SULKER (soprano) has been praised by Opera News for the “natural warmth and charm” of her singing, and noted for “…displaying a bright, superbly controlled soprano with perfectly placed coloratura” (San Francisco Chronicle). ABS patrons may remember her appearances with ABS a few seasons ago in Virgil Thomson's Four Saints in Three Acts with the Mark Morris Dance Group, and Henry Purcell's Dido & Aeneas in ABS's collaboration with the San Francisco Opera Center and The Crucible. A frequent collaborator with Maestro Thomas, Ms. Sulker has performed under his baton in performances of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Requiem and Carl Orff's Carmina Burana. A video of that performance, with the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra and University/Alumni Chorus at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, is one of the most requested classical music films on YouTube, with well over 10,000,000 views. On the operatic stage, Ms. Sulker has been a featured artist with the San Francisco Opera, Hawaii Opera Theatre, Internationale Opera Producties (The Netherlands), Festival Opera, Union Avenue Opera, Natchez Opera Festival, Mendocino Music Festival, West Bay Opera, Berkeley West Edge Opera and Livermore Valley Opera, to name but a few. She has performed roles from Handel and Purcell, to Mozart, Bizet, Verdi, and Puccini, as well as contemporary composers. She created the role of Corina in the world-premiere of David Conte’s opera Firebird Motel for Thick Description. In concert, Ms. Sulker has performed with the Santa Clara Chorale and Orchestra, the San Francisco Choral Society, and the Masterworks Chorale. Ms. Sulker has been a special guest of the Ritz-Carlton in Osaka, Japan where she performed a series of Christmas concerts. Her film résumé includes a soundtrack performance for the movie Mimic and an on-screen operatic appearance in the feature film Jackson. Ms. Sulker earned scholarships to attend Bennington College and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in vocal performance. She was awarded scholarships to attend both the Contemporary Opera and Song Program at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada and the OperaWorks Summer Intensive Program in Los Angeles. Ms. Sulker was also a resident artist for the Natchez Music Festival in Mississippi. A winner of career scholarships from the East Bay Opera League Vocal Competition, Ms. Sulker has also been a regional finalist with the National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition and a finalist and award winner with the Irene Dalis Vocal Competition.

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