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UNM Voice/Opera Alumni Enjoying Great Success

By Michael Hix

Soprano Lydia Grindatto (BM Voice Performance 2018) and Baritone Jonathan Patton (MM Voice Performance 2020) are enjoying successes nationwide on the opera stage. Grindatto is currently completing her Artist Diploma at the prestigious Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. While a young artist at the Santa Fe Opera, she recently made her Santa Fe Opera mainstage debut as the 2nd Wood Sprite in Dvorak’s opera Rusalka. Her upcoming performances include Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with Arizona Opera, Tatiana in Tchiakovky’s Eugene Onegin with Opera Columbus, and the title role in Donizetti’s Anna Bolena at Academy of Vocal Arts.

Jonathan Patton is in his second year as a Cafritz Young Artist of the Washington National Opera at the John F. Kennedy Center. In his first season with WNO he debuted the role of Marcello in Puccini’s La bohème; as well as premiered The Demon, in the world-premiere of Bubbie and the Demon by Jens Ibsen, a product of the American Opera Initiative.

In summer 2023 Jonathan performed at the Glimmerglass Festival where he debuted the roles of James/Martin in Bernstein’s Candide and Paris in Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette and covered the role of Marcello in La bohème. His upcoming performances with Washington National Opera include Paris in Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette. In the winter, he performed the roles of Elk, Camel, and Butcher 1 in Jeanine Tesori’s holiday opera The Lion, the Unicorn, and Me. Finally, he will debut the role of Don Pedro in Songbird; a jazzy adaption of Offenbach’s La Périchole.

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