A native of Mumbai, India, Priti Gandhi has been praised by the New York Times for her “creamy sound and agile coloratura technique.” Opera News described her as “languid, sensuous… her voice never lost its velvety character.” Revista Pro Opera named her “an ascending presence in American theatres,” while American Record Guide describes her as “excellent.”
Current engagements for Ms. Gandhi include the title role in Madama Butterfly with Opera Columbus; and a solo recital for the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. Recent engagements have included the High Priestess in Aïda with San Diego Opera; Mendelssohn’s Lobesgesang with the Utah Symphony Orchestra; Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia with the Imperial Symphony Orchestra; Fourth Maid in Elektra with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Charles Dutoit; and Carmina Burana with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra.
Engagements have included Rossweisse in Francesca Zambello’s staging of Die Walküre with San Francisco Opera; her first Countess in Le nozze di Figaro with San Antonio Opera; her debut as Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Caramoor Music Festival; the New York Philharmonic in Elektra with Lorin Maazel; covering Vesselina Kasarova at Covent Garden last fall in Rossini’s Matilde de Shabran; New York City Opera, covering Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, debut as Mercedes in Carmen; her first Musetta in San Diego Opera’s La bohème; Angelina in La cenerentola with Opera North Carolina, Dayton Opera, and San Diego Opera; Meg Page in Falstaff with Toledo Opera; Mallika in Lakmé with the Michigan Opera Theatre and Tulsa Opera; Second Lady in Die Zauberflöte with San Diego Opera and Opera Pacific; Dorabella in Così fan tutte with Austin Lyric Opera; Amahl and the Night Visitors with Lyric Opera San Diego; her Los Angeles Opera debut in the Grammy-nominated Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny with Audra McDonald and Patti LuPone (including a Great Performances PBS broadcast); a return to Seattle Opera and San Diego Opera as the High Priestess in Aïda; Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni at the Estates Theatre in Prague; Silvia in a concert performance of Mozart’s Ascanio in Alba in Mexico City; Waltraute in Die Walküre with Christoph Eschenbach in Paris; The Fox in Francesca Zambello’s production of The Little Prince with Tulsa Opera; Varvara in Kat’a Kabanova with Patricia Racette at San Diego Opera; and Echo in Ariadne auf Naxos with Jane Eaglen at Seattle Opera.
In concert, she has been a featured soloist with the Mainly Mozart Festival and the San Diego Symphony in works such as Mozart’s Mass in C-minor, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Luciano Berio’s Folksongs, and Mozart’s Mass in C, Spatzen-Messe. Early in her career as a promising young artist, Ms. Gandhi was the subject of a documentary co- produced by San Diego Opera and UCSD-TV, entitled “The Education of an Opera Singer.” She is currently the subject of an ongoing documentary following the lives of musicians, and is writing a popular weekly column with the San Diego Union Tribune about life on the road and backstage. Her recordings include Anthony Davis’ contemporary opera Tania (based on the abduction of Patty Hearst), available on Koch International Classics; and the PBS broadcast/ DVD release of Los Angeles Opera’s Mahagonny.
Ms. Gandhi has merited awards and recognition at home as well as internationally; she was a prize finalist in the prestigious 2000 International Antonín Dvorák Competition of the Czech Republic, in addition to earning special recognition awards from the Dvorák Society and the Opera Mozart Association of Prague. In the United States, she was named a Western Regional Finalist of the 1999 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, as well as 1st Place Winner in the 1997 Palm Springs Opera Guild Competition. In 2004, she was awarded an Austin Critic’s Table Awards nomination for her performances as Dorabella in Austin Lyric Opera’s Così fan tutte.