Long Island, New York
Praised for her “unique… distinctive voice of true mezzo timbre”, Cloe SanAntonio is establishing herself as a passionate and incisive interpreter of Italian and French repertoire. Most recently, Cloe was heard during the summer of 2022 as Dorabella (Così fan tutte) and as a gender-bent Dottore Grenvil (La Traviata) with Opera North, and then returned to the Savannah Voice Festival to sing Marthe (Faust) and cover the title role in Michael Ching’s Alice Ryley.In prior years at the Savannah Voice Festival, she was heard as Angelina in the premiere of Michael Ching’s A Royal Feast, where she was also scheduled to sing the same role in Rossini’s La Cenerentola in 2020. Internationally, she debuted with the Festival d’Art Vocal in Montréal singing Musette in Leoncavallo’s rarely presented La Bohème during the summer of 2019.Cloe has most notably been recognized as a District Winner (Boston; Connecticut) and an Encouragement Winner (New England Region) in the Met Opera Laffont Competition, a grant winner from the Gerda Lissner Foundation, and as a recipient of the Richard F. Gold Career Grant from the Shoshana Foundation.She is a recent Mannes graduate, where she earned both a Masters and Professional Studies Diploma, and was heard on stage as Dorabella (Così fan tutte) and Mother Goose (The Rake’s Progress), and in concert with the Mannes Orchestra as the winner of the 2018 Mannes Concerto Competition. Her training has also included apprenticeships with Teatro Nuovo and OperaWorks, and she is a native of Long Island, NY.
What are you most enjoyed during your time in the PORA program?
I have loved working with the cast in Carmen—I’m so excited to have finally been on stage in this opera that was actually the first I ever listened to almost two decades ago, and the first I saw live (with Denyce Graves no less!).
Do you have any dream roles you'd like to perform?
Charlotte in Werther is definitely at the top of the list for me right now!
Do you have any mentors, and if so, describe that relationship and how they've been a part of your career?
I have been so exceptionally lucky with the people I’ve met along the way that have helped me, taught me, and supported me—I feel very grateful to have had each of them in my corner.I think some of the most wonderful hours I’ve spent have been sitting next to Joan Dornemann at her piano and learning music with her. She worked with and taught roles to so many outrageously famous singers, and has some of the best stories—it always blows my mind a little to learn from her and appreciate all the wisdom she has about this art form and business that she passes on to me and others all the time.