Emerging soprano Lianne Gennaco recently made her major role debut as Selena, Dolores's estranged daughter, in a chamber adaptation of Tobias Picker's Dolores Claiborne with New York City Opera. After having joined the company's productions of La Campana Sommersa, Los Elementos, and the historical revival of Bernstein's Candide under the direction of legendary Harold Prince. In 2016, Lianne originated the role of Ann in the New York premiere of The Astronaut's Tale with Encompass New Opera Theatre at Brooklyn Academy of Music. Hailed by Opera News for her "bright and flexible soprano", she has been making a name for herself as a crossover artist in NYC, specializing in new works in opera and musical theatre.
Lianne began her career singing Clorinda in Rossini's La Cenerentola and Gilda in Verdi's Rigoletto with Dicapo Opera Children's Theatre. She was later a participant in the International Mezzo Television Competition, where she travled to Szeged, Hungary to perform in the ensemble of Tobias Picker’s Emmeline. Upon her return, she was invited to play Gretel in Opera Manhattan’s Off-Broadway production of Hansel and Gretel which she performed for two consecutive seasons. Also, with OMRT, she sang Queen of the Night in a concert version of Mozart's The Magic Flute, a role which she first performed on tour with the Lyric Academy of Rome and Viterbo.
Lianne finished out the 2017 season by reprising the role of Meg in The North Shore Music Theatre's annual production of A Christmas Carol, after having played Mrs. Squires in the company's June production of The Music Man. In 2016, she was featured soloist in 'Tim Realbuto: Bookseller in the Rain, A Tribute to Maury Yeston' at the Metropolitan Room with Maury Yeston in attendance. Other musical theatre highlights include her creation of the role of Anna in both the staged reading and off-Broadway debut of Molasses in January at the Davenport Theatre, Belle in Beauty and the Beast at the Orpheum Foxboro, and Maria in West Side Story with the Heights Players. Lianne is a native of Marblehead, Massachusetts and a proud graduate of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.