OFFICIAL BIO: LEARN MORE ABOUT SHANNON
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Iranian-American Mezzo-Soprano, Shannon Delijani, currently resides in New York City where she is pursuing her graduate degree at the Mannes School of Music. In addition to performing she is a stage and film director.
As a performer, Shannon is praised for her versatility. Her repertoire ranges from early music to bel canto to musical theater. In the 2019/20 season she workshopped Leanna Kirchoff’s Friday after Friday in the role of Ahed. Previously with Mannes Opera she has performed Mrs. Olsen in Street Scene, the title role in Agrippina with the Mannes Baroque ensemble, and covered Larina in Eugene Onegin.
Opera roles include Sesto (La Clemenza di Tito) , Ruggiero (Alcina) , Ursule (Beatrice et Benedict), Dryade (Ariadne auf Naxos) and Phaedra (Hippolyte et Aricie). Equally comfortable on a musical theatre and dramatic stage, she performed as Paulette in Kiss Me, Kate with Pittsburgh Festival Opera and Gonzalo in The Tempest with Artemis Theater Company. Also with Pittsburgh Festival Opera she covered Andrey Nemzer in the role of Caesar in Giulio Cesare. In addition she has performed in partial roles as Carmen, Romeo, Maddalena, Idamante, and Hansel. Shannon is also a 2019/20 vocal soloist with the Mannes Sounds Festival and was a 2019 Fellow with Classic Lyric Arts. This summer she will be a Studio Artist at the Aspen Music Festival.
This past season Shannon directed Dido and Aeneas with Mannes Opera undergraduates and assisted Emma Griffin on Suor/Dafne with Mannes Opera. Upcoming she will be directing Cole Walther's "The Angel Has Lost its Heart" with Here We Go Festival. She is currently developing and directing "New Routine" a musical short about the 2020 COVID Quarantine. In 2018 she wrote and produced "Lived and Loved" a companion film to Schumann's Frauenliebe und Leben in collaboration with Artemis Theater Company.
Ms. Delijani holds a Bachelor’s in Music from USC’s Thornton School of Music.