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Linda Volman Lane
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Manna KnJoi, American Prize winner for opera, embodies the quality and natural endowment to conquer a wide range of repertoire from Mozart to verismo and modern works. Most recently, KnJoi joined the acclaimed American Spiritual Ensemble for the 2018 Winter Tour and will sing with the New York Contemporary Choir in the hit concert, “Rocktopia,” for its run on Broadway in Spring
She was seen as Essie Robeson in the world premiere of Adolphus Hailstork’s new biopic opera “Robeson: The Opera” with Trilogy Opera Company at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Her opera career includes debuts as Pamina in “The Magic Flute” with the Metropolitan Opera Guild, Cio-Cio San in “Madama Butterfly” with New York Lyric Opera at Carnegie Hall, and title role of “Suor Angelica” and Mother in the “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” both with the California Opera Association. Manna also starred in the title role of “Imoinda,” a new opera by UK resident and Cuban-American composer Odaline de la Martinez, filmed for Opera America-affiliated companies.
KnJoi has won the 2012 Elaine Malbin Vocal Competition, Mid-South District Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the Lily Pons Scholarship from the Palm Springs Opera Guild, and the Alabama National Society of Arts and Letters Vocal Competition, and is the three-time winner in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Vocal Competition. When Manna sang for Marilyn Horne, the legendary mezzo-soprano, pronounced her voice “an incredible instrument.”