Priti Gandhi - Soprano
A native of Mumbai, India, Priti Gandhi began her singing career in the chorus of San Diego Opera while studying theatre and journalism at UCSD. She has since been praised by the New York Times for her “creamy sound and agile coloratura”, while Opera Pulse recently described her voice as a “sparkling soprano.” Mexico City’s Revista Pro Opera has hailed her as “an ascending presence in American theatres,” while the American Record Guide calls her “excellent.”
Ms. Gandhi’s career includes performances at home and overseas, with companies such as the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, New York City Opera, the New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Opera, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Opera, Seattle Opera, the Caramoor International Music Festival, UNAM in Mexico City, San Diego Opera, the Estates Theatre in Prague, Opera Pacific, the Memphis Symphony, and Michigan Opera Theatre.
As a young artist at San Diego Opera, Ms. Gandhi was the subject of a documentary co-produced by SDO and UCSD-TV, entitled “The Education of an Opera Singer.” In 2010, she wrote a popular weekly column for the San Diego Union-Tribune about operatic life backstage. Her recordings include Anthony Davis’ contemporary opera Tania, based on the abduction of Patty Hearst (available on Koch International Classics), and the Grammy Award winning PBS broadcast/DVD release of Los Angeles Opera’s The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, with Audra McDonald and Patti LuPone. Her many operatic roles include Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Countess (Le Nozze di Figaro), Cio-cio-san (Madama Butterfly), Musetta (La Bohème), Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Angelina (La Cenerentola), and Mallika (Lakmé).
Recently named San Diego Opera’s Artistic Administrator, Ms. Gandhi continues her performing career, most recently with ion theatre in Terrence McNally's MASTER CLASS (for which she received a Craig Noel acting nomination), a cabaret evening with the CabaretCaccia performance series, the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus in Jonathan Dove's cantata There was a Child, a concert at the famed Spreckles Organ Pavilion as part of their International Summer Music Festival, a chamber music concert with the Art of Élan, and a series of recitals sponsored by the California Center for Cultural Arts in Escondido, the University of San Diego, and the Musical Merit Foundation. This past summer, she returned to ion theatre as part of the cast of Sondheim’s SUNDAY IN THEPARK WITH GEORGE, in its San Diego premiere.
Ms. Gandhi also lends her vocal talents to voiceover work in radio and television commercials, as well as appearing in various television and film projects. An avid flamenco dancer, she performs in flamenco and art festivals throught the year with her dance troupe.