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Lindsay Westra

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Lindsay Westra Apr 13, 2019

“[Other singers] do not move me the way Lindsay Feldmeth and Nani Sinha do. Theirs are truly the most beautiful voices I have ever heard.”

— Darlene Vlasek, VP Programs, Los Angeles Philharmonic Peninsula Committee

“The San Pedro Opera Company is truly a gem in our midst. Their glorious voices and wonderful operatic vignettes are absolutely first rate.”

– Ann Ehrenclou, music educator

More Audience Reactions:

I just enjoyed a moving, funny, lyrical and spectacular evening with performances by two of opera’s strong women, Lindsay Feldmeth and Nani Sinha!!! Wow…totally blown away. What a treat! – Susan S.

This was a stunning concert with phenomenal singing and music-making! – Judith T.

What a stranger we can become to being thrilled… but this was rekindled tonight in the presentations of possibly the two most perfectly blended and beautiful voices and actresses on the planet, Lindsay Feldmeth and Nani Sinha. Catch them next time… I know I will. – Charlene B.

Beautiful singing, with such style and nuance! I’m still smiling from such fabulous music. – Casey R.

Had the most wonderful time at the performance last night. Lindsay Feldmeth and Nani Sinha were stellar! So lovely. – Cheryl R.

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About Lindsay Westra

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Lindsay Feldmeth Westra has attracted international attention for her “gleaming, beautiful, powerful voice” and her passion for singing “with exuberance and impeccable musicality.”

Born in Hollywood, California, she moved to Austria as an undergraduate so that she could study opera with Horiana Branisteanu at the Mozarteum. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in opera at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg and then completed her training with Mirella Freni at CUBEC in Italy and with Ruth Falcon in New York City. She has also had the privilege of working with Montserrat Caballé, Jeannine Altmeyer, Sergio Bertocchi, Hartmut Höll, Armen Guzelimian and Dame Elisabeth Schwarzkopf in masterclasses.

She first trained as a coloratura soprano, making her operatic debut as the Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute in the Karl-Böhm-Saal of the Salzburger Festspielhaus at the age of 23. After shining in several coloratura roles, her voice grew in size and color, developing into a more dramatic repertoire. Her powerful sound is now best suited to the music of Wagner, Verdi, and Richard Strauss.

She has been featured as a soloist with the Claremont Symphony, the Pasadena Community Orchestra and the Mozarteum University Symphony Orchestra. With the Japanese pianist, Ayako Watanabe, she has given art song recitals from Vienna to Tokyo. She has performed at concerts and worship services throughout the U.S., the U.K., Austria, Botswana, Germany, Italy, Japan, Nepal, Russia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain and Switzerland.

Her enthusiasm for opera is contagious and her witty "introductions to opera" made her a favorite with tour groups in Italy, where she performed more than 100 solo recitals for the music society Concerto Classico. She speaks four languages and her articles about opera have appeared in periodicals such as German World Magazine. She has been featured on radio and television for Times FM Nepal and Voice of Russia and Kantipur TV, and in the Metropolitan Opera film documentary, “The Audition.”

Devoted to promoting the “unheard voices” of underprivileged musicians, she won a Davis Project for Peace prize in 2009. She has organized two global opera festivals, the Kathmandu Music for Peace Festival in Nepal and the No. 1 Ladies’ Opera Festival in Botswana. The festivals are designed to equip and inspire musicians who do not have first-world resources. They have included master classes for emerging Tswana opera singers, scholarships for gifted Nepali musicians, support for local Christian children’s ministries, and a music therapy workshop for AIDS-affected pre-schoolers. She also teaches private lessons at the Voice Gym (www.voice-gym.com) in Artesia.

She is married to the Rev. Rick Westra, pastor of Trinity Christian Reformed Church. They live in Los Angeles with their two young children.


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Lindsay Feldmeth Westra
Dramatic Soprano

Education :

2009, Private Study with Ruth Falcon in New York City
2006, Artist Diploma in Opera Studies at CUBEC in Vignola, Italy
2004, M.A. in opera (summa cum laude), Mozarteum University
Guest of the Lied Class at the Hochschule für Musik in Karlsruhe, Germany
2001, B.M. in voice performance, Mozarteum University in Salzburg,

Teachers: Horiana Branisteanu, Mirella Freni, Ruth Falcon
Coaches: Armen Guzelimian, Leonardo Angelini, Francisco Poyato
Conductors: Dennis Russell Davies, Kristof van Grysperre, Elisabeth Fuchs
Directors: Mark Lamanna, Gidon Saks, LizBeth Lucca

Masterclasses with Jeannine Altmeyer, Montserrat Caballé, Dame Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Hartmut Höll, Mitsuko Shirai, Lamberto Puggelli, and Vera Calabria


Roles in Preparation: Elisabeth (Tannhäuser); Elsa; Sieglinde; Chrysothemis;

Opera Scenes:
Helmwige, Die Walkure, Repertory Opera Company
Brunnhilde, Gotterdammerung, Repertory Opera Company
Elisabetta, Don Carlo, Repertory Opera Company
Norma, Norma, Pasadena Community Orchestra
Marschallin, Der Rosenkavalier, Hillhouse Opera
Manon, Manon Lescaut, Hawaii Performing Arts Festival
Fiordiligi, Così fan tutte, International House New York
Ciò-Ciò-San, Madama Butterfly, Intimate Opera
Nedda, Pagliacci, Intimate Opera

Full Opera Roles:
Santuzza, Cavalleria Rusticana, San Pedro Opera
Leonora, Il Trovatore, Repertory Opera Company
Rosalinda, Die Fledermaus, Intimate Opera
Musetta, La Boheme, Opera Toscana
Frasquita, Carmen, Opera Garden (Aberdeen, UK)
Momo, Momo und die Zeitdiebe, Mozarteum
Susanna, Le Nozze di Figaro, Mozarteum
Sandrina, La Finta Giardiniera, Mozarteum
Olympia, Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Mozarteum
Queen of the Night, Die Zauberflote, Karl-Bohm-Saal, Salzburg Festspielhaus


Concert Performances:
* Opera Concerts and One-Woman-Shows with San Pedro Opera
* More than 100 solo opera recitals for Concerto Classico in Italy
* Benefit concerts for Child SHARE, AMALA & Hope Partnership Nepal
* Solo concert tours in Austria, Japan, and the United States
* Lied recitals in Vienna, Salzburg, Munich, Los Angeles and Tokyo with the pianist Ayako Watanabe
* Radio and television performances: Times FM Nepal, Voice of Russia, Televisión Española, Kantipur TV
* Featured soloist at concerts, festivals and worship services in Austria, Botswana, Germany, Italy, Japan, Nepal, Russia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, U.K. and U.S.A.

Oratorio Performances
* Soprano Soloist, Beethoven's 9th Symphony, Claremont Symphony Orchestra
* Soprano Soloist, Handel's Messiah, Claremont Community Orchestra
* Soprano Soloist, Mahler's 4th Symphony, Grosse Aula Salzburg
* Soprano Soloist, world premiere, Gunther Firlinger's Messe en style français
* Soprano Soloist, Messe a la memoire de Jeanne d'Arc, Salzburger Dom

Prizes & Grants:
2009 - Davis Projects for Peace
2008 - Opera Buffs Award
2005 - Europa Fund Language

Competitions:
2012 - Finalist, SymphoNet Competition (online)
2007 - Quarter-Finalist, Tchaikovsky Competition (Moscow)

Teaching Experience:

* Ms. Westra has taught masterclasses in vocal technique at Azusa Pacific University, the University of Botswana, and the Kathmandu Jazz Conservatory

* Since 2016, she maintains a private vocal studio (for children and adults) called the Voice Gym in Artesia, CA: www.voice-gym.com

Skills: English (native speaker); German (fluent); Italian (semi-fluent); French (advanced); Latin (intermediate); Spanish (basic)

Email: [email protected]

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