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Rose Mannino

Lecturer of Voice


Soprano Rose Mannino has sung leading roles in both the United States and Italy—performing a diverse repertoire including operatic roles, oratorio, chamber music, and new works. Recent operatic roles include the title role in Handel’s Alcina; Paula Jordan in William Bolcom’s Dinner at Eight; Dai Yu (debut) in a workshop performance of Bright Sheng’s, Dream of the Red Chamber; Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi; and Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare with the University of Michigan Opera. Other roles include Musetta in La Bohème (La Musica Lirica, Italy), Clorinda in La Cenerentola (La Musica Lirica, Italy and LSU Opera), Zerlina in Don Giovanni (Festival South Opera), Miss Jessel in Turn of the Screw (LSU Opera), and Papagena in The Magic Flute (Opéra Louisiane).

Equally at home in oratorio and concert repertoire, Mannino has appeared as soprano soloist and guest artist in concerts and major works with the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Detroit Community Chorus, Oakland Choral Society, Starkville Symphony, and others performing the Vaughan Williams Dona Nobis Pacem, Vivaldi Gloria, Fauré Requiem, Mozart Coronation Mass, Handel Messiah, Brahms Requiem, Dubois Seven Last Words of Christ, and Laurie in Copeland’s Tenderland Suite. In 2018, she joined efforts with additional musicians to record Bells In Tower At Evening Toll, a full-length album featuring art songs for voice and piano written by dear friend and accomplished composer, David P. Rossow. The album includes a set of songs for soprano and piano set to texts by Thomas Moore and is available on all digital platforms.

In addition to her performance credits, Dr. Mannino possesses a passion and affinity for vocal pedagogy and diction and is a dedicated voice teacher adept at teaching a wide variety of singing styles spanning operatic/classical to musical theatre, commercial music, pop, and jazz. Many of her students have excelled in competitions—placing at both regional and local NATS competitions. Her teaching style encompasses a fact-based pedagogical approach, which seeks to impart a healthy and reliable vocal technique. She encourages each student to achieve freedom and optimal resonance and discover their own natural, individual sound through exploration and guided study. Her interests have led to continued research and study in vocal pedagogy and acoustics, specifically practical applications of VoceVista resonance software. As such, she is regularly invited to present on topics pertaining to acoustics, resonance, and practical applications of VoceVista in the voice studio. Recent presentations include the following: VocaVista Resonance Imaging Software: Practical Applications for Teachers and Singers, co-presenter with husband, Dr. Matt Daniels, for the MSVMA Virtual Summer Conference (July 2020) and for voice faculty at the University of Michigan (September 2020); Vocal Acoustics and Resonance: Practical Applications of VoceVista Resonance imaging Software for a music webinar series at the Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTm) in Malayasia (2021); and guest presenter for vocal pedagogy courses at both the University of Miami and University of Michigan (2022). Dr. Mannino has also served on the faculty for MPulse Vocal Arts Institute with the University of Michigan, where she taught the Introduction to Vocal Pedagogy course in the summers of 2020-21.

Dr. Mannino recently joined the esteemed faculty of her alma mater as Lecturer of Voice at the University of Michigan. She holds the Bachelor of Music (Vocal Performance) from Florida Atlantic University, the Master of Music (Vocal Performance) from Louisiana State University, and the Specialist of Music (Voice) and Doctor of Musical Arts (Voice Performance) from the University of Michigan.

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