Paola Gazzaneo is a classical singer based in Los Angeles. She is currently pursuing an M.M. in Vocal Performance at California State University, Fullerton, where she sang Pamina (Magic Flute), a concert of Schumann lieder and Sondheim songs with guest pianist and conductor Michael Schütze from Dresden, and several solo concerts in the Fullerton community, with pianist Mark Salters. She is a graduate of Uruguay's National School of Opera and the School of Musical Theater (Uruguay). She sings in Los Angeles, and specializes in opera, art songs, oratorio, musical theater, jazz, tango and bossa nova.
She is a member of the Pacific Chorale, a professional choir of 150 voices, resident at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Orange County, under the direction of Maestro John Alexander. With the Pacific Chorale she participated, among other concerts, in La Boheme with the Pacific Symphony, under the baton of Maestro Carl St.Clair and performed in Mahler's 8th Symphony at the Shrine Auditorium with the Los Angeles Symphony, the Simón Bolívar orchestra of Venezuela and 800 singers from several choirs in Los Angeles, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel. Also in Los Angeles she sang Beethoven's 9th Symphony at the Santa Anita Race Track and the Walt Disney Concert Hall with the California Philharmonic. In New York, she participated in productions of L'elisir d'amore and Die Fledermaus with the Martha Cardona Opera Theater and the Brooklyn Repertory Opera and in the Opera Workshop at Mannes College of Music, where she sang Pamina and Baby Doe at the Mannes auditorium.
In Montevideo, she was a featured soloist at most of the main concert venues. She was a member of the dance ensemble, a section leader and soloist and cover for the role of Mamma Morton in Chicago, the musical, directed by Luis Trochón at Moviecenter Theater, a groundbreaking production for Uruguay's theatrical scene, that ran for over two years. As part of the Opera Company directed by Maestra Amelia Veiga, she participated in The Magic Flute in shows in Montevideo and Salto, in the role of the Zweiter Knabe, after only one year of training. While participating in the program Opera in the Classroom, funded by the Fondos Concursables of Uruguay's Secretary of Culture, she sang the Queen of the Night in public schools of Montevideo and Maldonado.
Paola received an award from Jeunesses Musicales and a full scholarship from FONAM (Uruguay's Fund for Musicians) to pursue private voice and music theory lessons. She debuted in Buenos Aires at the Societá Dante Allighieri, invited by Maestra Julia Manzitti.
She has studied voice in New York with Met tenor Dan Marek, in Montevideo with Amelia Veiga and Eiko Senda, in Los Angeles with Lori Stinson and is now studying with Patricia Prunty at CSUF. She has worked with coaches and conductors such as Gustavo Dudamel, John Alexander, Carl St.Clair, Roger Malouf, Philip Schneidman, Brent McMunn, Dan Bridston, Michael Schütze and Mark Robson.
Paola Gazzaneo holds a BA in Communication Sciences by the Catholic University of Uruguay and is a certified translator from English into Spanish by the American Translators Association (ATA). She is bilingual in English and Spanish and speaks Italian, French and Portuguese.