Manna KnJoi

Manna KnJoi

Full Lyric Soprano

"...an incredible instrument." - Marilyn Horne
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Manna KnJoi, 2016 American Prize opera award winner, made her international debut as Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte at the Tuscia Opera Festival in Viterbo, Italy and appeared at Lincoln Center in concert with Opera Ebony of New York. Last season also brought her world premier performance in the role of Essie Robeson in Adolphus Hailstork’s new biopic opera Robeson: The Opera with Trilogy Opera Company at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.  Previous season have seen Manna KnJoi in debuts as Pamina in The Magic Flute, Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly at Carnegie Hall, Micaëla in Carmen, the title role in Suor Angelica and the Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors with the California Opera. Manna’s has received numerous other award recognitions from: Paris Opera Awards, The Benjamin Mathews competition, and the Elaine Malbin Vocal Competition, Mid-South District Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the Palm Springs Opera Guild, and the National Society of Arts and Letters. When Manna sang for Marilyn Horne, the legendary mezzo-soprano pronounced her voice, “An incredible instrument.”

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