About Samina

SaminaAslamHeadshot2017Select credits: Julie (Courtier #1) and Savitri (Savitri) with New Camerata Opera; Friday after Friday (world premiere, Micheline) with Bank Street Theater Workshop; Armide (Armide) with Opera NEO; Le nozze di Figaro (Countess) with Opera del West; Cendrillon (Cendrillon), La tragédie de Carmen (Micaëla), Don Giovanni (Donna Elvira), and Dark Sisters (Zina) with Boston University Opera Institute; Der Rosenkavalier (Milliner) with Cincinnati Opera; Layover (Caroline) with NANOworks Opera.
Awards: LYRA NY Vocal Competition (2017)—Third Place, Phyllis Curtin Award (boston University Opera Institute, 2015), Artist Series of Sarasota (2013)—Second Place.
Education: Boston University Opera Institute (Performance Certificate, 2015), University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (Master of Music, 2012), Louisiana State University (Bachelor of Music, 2010).

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To Watch

Virtual Sing-In, Part 1

Opera Invasion 1: Ballads on Balconies, Tour A

Opera Invasion 2: Opera Open Book

Cocktails, Concerts, and Conversations, Week 5

”There’s Nothing I Can Do About It” (Chautauqua Opera Song Cycle)

Opera Invasion 3: Miller Bell Tower Sing-a-long

Week Eight Master Class

Opera Invasion 4: Grand Finale - A Musical Tour of the Institution Grounds

Young Artist Interview

SaminaQ: What is your hometown?
A: Anchorage, Alaska

Q: What was the first opera you saw and how old were you?
A: The Tales of Hoffman at Orlando Opera, age 12? 

Q: What was the first opera in which you performed?
A: My first opera performance was in La Bohème at Orlando Opera when I was just 13! I was a little tall for the kids chorus so was able to sing with the ladies!

Q: Opera features some pretty iconic characters. Who is your favorite operatic character and why?
A: I have a lot of favorite characters, most of which are strong women who have overcome something impossible, or who have done courageous acts in the name of love. One that comes to mind is a character I played in 2018, Sāvitri in Holst's Sāvitri. She was a character in the Mahabharata who loved and married despite of wealth and fate. Through her courage and humility, she saved her husband's life by outwitting the God of death, Yama. 

Q: Who are your opera singing idols?
A: I admire so many singers, but some of my opera singing idols would be ( In no particular order) Virginia Zeani, Elizabeth Schwarzkopf, Maria Callas, Sondra Radvanovsky and Mariella Devia. 

Q: What do you love most about opera?
A: I love that opera has the power to move and inspire it's audiences through great story telling and the experience of sound. 

Q: Chautauquans love their ice-cream! What is your favorite flavor?
A: Anything dairy-free that's got chocolate in it! 

Photo caption: Samina Aslam as the title role in Gluck's Armide with Opera NEO. Photo credit: Gary Payne Photography.

Spotify Playlist

Each week, two of our Young Artists will draw inspiration from Chautauqua Institution’s weekly theme and weekly interfaith theme to curate Spotify playlists for your listening pleasure. We hope these playlists provide inspiration, joy, and a chance to engage with these themes in a different way.

For Week Five, Samina drew inspiration from the theme The Women's Vote Centennial and Beyond 

She says:

“This playlist is a celebration of feel-good songs featuring the empowering voices of strong women. Since finally winning the right to vote, women have continued to own their voices and power. Listen from beginning to end for a progression of female expression, from the suffragette movement to today!“