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Hailed as “impeccable” and praised for her “dusky instrument”, mezzo-soprano Tahanee Aluwihare is regularly sought out for her unique vocal timbre and vibrant stage presence. A native of Sri Lanka, she made her debut with the Symphony Orchestra of Sri Lanka at the age of seventeen and since has performed in Asia, Europe, and North America.

For the 2020-2021 season, Ms. Aluwihare made her Tri-cities Opera debut in Kamala Sankaram’s live streamed virtual reality opera, Miranda, where she played the role of Mother. She also made her debut with Boston Camerata as Dido, in Dido and Aeneas, in a filmed version of the opera. Further debut performances include a recording project coupling Schumann’s Dichterliebe with new commissions, entitled Love in the time of… with Boston Opera Collaborative, and appearances in concert with MassOpera. She makes her debut with White Snake Projects in a new opera commission titled Samir’s Feast, and returns to Opera Idaho as a mainstage artist for their 2021-2022 season premier gala concert, Opera in the Park.

Ms. Aluwihare earned her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College with concentrations in Music and Anthropology, and her M.M. in Vocal Performance from the Longy School of Music of Bard College. During her studies, Ms. Aluwihare performed several times with the Mount Holyoke Orchestra under the baton of Tian Ng Hui and was awarded the Dorothy Currey Award for Excellence in Music for two consecutive years. While studying at Longy, she performed principal roles in the program’s opera workshop as well as a variety of chamber music, including less performed works such as Edvard Grieg’s Haugtussa.

Ms. Aluwihare is also interested in the intersection between art, education, and social justice, and has been a guest speaker at Tufts University and Mount Holyoke College. She is also a teaching artist in residence with Lake Area Music Festival for the 2020-2021 season.

Boston, Massachusetts, USA