About Shafali

Shafali JalotaSelect credits: La Calisto (Giunone) with Opera NEO; Street Scene (Rose), Die Zaubernacht (Toy Fairy), Town Hall (Mina, World Premiere), Le nozze di Figaro (Countess Almaviva), and Dialogues des Carmélites (Blanche cover) with Maryland Opera Studio; Trouble in Tahiti (Girl 1) with Capital City Symphony Orchestra; Dido and Aeneas (Dido) with UNC Opera; Suor Angelica (Suor Genovieffa) with Halifax Summer Opera Festival.
Awards: Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (Washington, D.C., 2019)—Encouragement Award, Camille Coloratura Competition (2019)—Second Place, Carolyn Bailey and Dominick Argento Vocal Competition (2019)—Finalist, Lucy Washington Vocal Competition (2017)—First Place.
Education: Maryland Opera Studio at University of Maryland (Master of Music, 2019), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Bachelor of Music, 2017).

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To Watch

Virtual Sing-In, Part 1

Week One Master Class

Opera Invasion 1: Ballads on Balconies, Tour C

Opera Invasion 2: Opera Open Book

Cocktails, Concerts, and Conversations, Week 5

”Chase Every Cloud” (Chautauqua Opera Song Cycle)

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

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

Young Artist Interview

ShafaliQ: What is your hometown?
A: Silver Spring, MD

Q: What was the first opera you saw and how old were you?
A: I saw Madama Butterfly live at the Kennedy Center, and I think I was around 12. Before that, I fell in love with recording of La Bohème.

Q: What was the first opera in which you performed?
A:When I was 12, I was in the children's chorus of The Dream of the Pacific, an opera specifically for young people about the Lewis and Clark expeditions that the Washington National Opera produced. I loved every second of the experience - from being a tree to flying a bird across the stage!

Q: Opera features some pretty iconic characters. Who is your favorite operatic character and why?
A: Wow, what a huge question! I love every character I get to play because I always learn so much from living in their skin the way you have to as a performer. Of operatic characters I haven't performed, I'd have to say Scarpia in Tosca - the most evil villain of all time. The Te Deum always gives me chills.

Q: Who are your opera singing idols?
A: Maria Callas, Mirella Freni, Carolyn Sampson, Cecelia Bartoli, Felicity Lott, Joan Sutherland

Q: What do you love most about opera?
A: Honestly, I love everything about opera! To me, it's about characters and timeless stories. I love the details - why a character makes a decision, all the different emotions they feel. And I love the grand spectacle of the genre as well. It still amazes me that someone can make gorgeous, expressive sounds with their voice that can fill a huge hall.

Q: Chautauquans love their ice-cream! What is your favorite flavor?
A: Right now, I'm loving Pistachio ice cream...But I love ALL flavors :)

Photo caption: Shafali Jalota as the Toy Fairy in Kurt Weill's Die Zaubernacht with the Maryland Opera Studio. Photo credit: Dave Andrews.

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, Shafali drew inspiration from the interfaith theme The Feminine Spirit 

She says:

“The feminine spirit is complex. It transcends borders and time, limitless and yet limited by the world. These songs illustrate the power of women’s voices.”