Canadian soprano Nadia Petrella, praised for her “creamy voice” (New York Times) and acclaimed “world class… her demanding lines dazzling” (Buffalo News), is quickly being recognized as one of the most exciting lyric sopranos of her generation.

Ms. Petrella most recently appeared as Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor, and Frasquita in Carmen with New York Opera Exchange’s Carmen (2015). She has also appeared as Patience in Paula Kimper’s Patience & Sarah, at the LGBT center in NYC in conjunction with Pride Week.

Ms. Petrella has also appeared in the role of Violetta (La Traviata), Micaëla (Carmen), Rosina (The Barber of Seville), Lucy (The Telephone), First Lady (The Magic Flute), Lola (Gallantry), and Cathleen (Riders to the Sea). In concert, she has appeared as guest soloist with the Cathedral for the Holy Trinity (NYC), Ars Musica (Toronto, ON), Theatre lyrique de Gatineau (Gatineau, QC), CAMMAC, Musica Viva and the Carleton University Choir (Ottawa, ON), singing works such as Saent-Saëns’ Oratorio de Noël, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Fauré Requiem and Zelenka Mass. With CAMMAC she was the featured soloist in the 2010 world premiere of Canadian composer Dr. Deirdre Piper’s cantata The Canticles of Asaph.

Ms. Petrella was the recipient of a major sponsorship grant from the Leacross Foundation to study at the Manhattan School of Music where she earned her Master of Music. She also premiered scenes by American composer Manly Romero’s Dreaming of Wonderland (Lorina) in collaboration with American Opera Projects, and performed a concert production in the role of Mimi (La Boheme). She received her Bachelor of Music degree at Carleton University.


Ms. Petrella was a Metropolitan Opera National Council Regional Finalist (New England Region),a third place winner at the Canadian National Music Festival, and was awarded several scholarships from the regional and provincial festivals in Canada. Ms Petrella has also participated in young artist programs at the Caramoor Festival, Opera on the Avalon, the International Vocal Arts Institute (Canada), and La lingua della lirica.