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BIOGRAPHY

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Tatiana Mills is a New York City based soprano. A recent graduate of the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music undergraduate program where she studied with Vladimir Chernov, and of the École Normale de Musique de Paris Alfred Cortot diploma program in Paris, she is now pursuing her Master's Degree at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music under the tutelage of Michelle DeYoung.

 

In addition to her schooling, Tatiana Mills has participated in summer programs such as the International Vocal Arts Institute (IVAI) and the International Vocal Artists Academy of Payerbach (IVAAP), where she performed both solo repertoire and various staged scenes from the operatic repertoire. Ms. Mills was also one of four Colburn Fellows at SongFest in 2022, where she gave multiple concerts. She has worked with notable directors Peter Kazaras, James Darrah, Paolo Baiocco, Karl Absenger, Keturah Stickann, and Jose Maria Condemi, and has benefited from masterclasses with Michelle DeYoung, Graham Johnson, Kayo Iwama, Anya Fidelia, and Vladimir Chernov. Ms. Mills is also a recipient of numerous awards including a First Prize awarded by the London Classical Music Competition, a 2ème Prix awarded by the ArtimA Association's Nouvelles Étoiles Competition (7ème édition), a 2° Premio awarded by the Città di Massa XII° Concorso Internazionale per Giovani Musicisti, and a 3ème Prix awarded by the Association Les Musicales du Centre's France Music Competition (4ème édition).

Ms. Mills has appeared in multiple new works such as Nicky Sohn's one act opera, The Emporer's New Clothes (2017), Juana (2019) by Carla Lucero, and Lost Childhood (2019) by Janice Hamer. In 2020, she debuted two art songs set to her own original poetry by contemporary composer Nate Sassoon in a recital titled "Oh, to Yearn."

 

In addition to her appearances in multiple contemporary works, Ms. Mills has recording experience as a soloist on the soundtrack for the 2018 Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin Honorary Mention Film, Dressage. In 2018, she also took part in debuting composer Richard Danielpour’s Grammy-Winning oratorio, The Passion of Yeshua, in Los Angeles as a member of the UCLA Chamber Singers.

 

Tatiana Mills most recently appeared as Olga in IU Opera and Ballet Theater's production of The Merry Widow. She made her stage debut as Barbarina in Opera UCLA's production of Le Nozze di Figaro, and has previously covered the role of Énone in Opera UCLA's La Descente d'Orphee aux Enfers. Partial roles include Gilda from Rigoletto, and Susanna from Le Nozze di Figaro with IVAAP.

Ms. Mills's love of opera began at an early age; she joined the Metropolitan Opera Children's Chorus at six years old, where she would then work under professional contract for the next 10 years in over 250 performances alongside some of the opera world's best known names. She is fluent in English and Russian, speaks conversational French, German and Italian, and enjoys writing poetry, drawing, and salsa dancing in her free time.

Last Updated: February 23, 2024

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