Style: Pop; Opera; Rock; Classical; Musical Theatre
Title: Associate Professor of Voice and Voice Pedagogy/Mississippi College
Bio: Dr. Nicholas Perna is Associate Professor of Voice and Voice Pedagogy at Mississippi College. He is a Presser Music Foundation awardee and currently a voice research associate at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. His primary research areas are Laryngeal Manipulation and Singing Voice Acoustics. Perna has presented research on three continents at notable events such as the International Congress of Voice Teachers, the Voice Foundation’s Annual Symposium on the Care of the Professional Voice, and the NATS National Conference. Publications include articles in Journal of Singing, Journal of Voice, and VOICEPrints. Perna was twice selected as a Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Artist singer. Additional Operatic credits include Rodolfo, The Duke, Nemorino, Alfred, & Tamino. Symphonic appearances include Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde, Beethoven's Symphony no. 9, Messiah, & Carmina Burana. Along with Dr. Mandy Spivak, they created The Comprehensive Britten Song Database. http://www.brittensongdatabase.com an open source guide to Britten’s song output. Perna holds graduate degrees from the University of Miami & the University of Houston. He is the creator and co-host of the VocalFri podcast, your weekly dash of voice science, pedagogy, and nerd pop culture. Tenor Nicholas Perna returns to the Mississippi Opera stage in 2018 as Pong in Puccini’s Turandot, after success last season as Nanki Poo in The Mikado. As the Prince in Prokofiev’s The Love for Three Oranges Charles Ward of the Houston Chronicle said, “an impressive sound, (he) made the show work vocally.” Operatic credits include Rodolfo in La Bohème, The Duke in Rigoletto, Nemorino in L’Elisir d’amore, Alfred in Die Fledermaus, and Tamino in The Magic Flute. Concert appearances include Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde, Beethoven's Symphony no. 9, Rossini's Petite Messe Solenelle, Handel’s Messiah, and Orff's Carmina Burana. He can be heard on the Albany label as Paolo in Mancinelli’s Paolo e Francesca. A frequent recitalist, Perna regularly performs the songs of Benjamin Britten. In collaboration with soprano, Dr. Mandy Spivak, they created The Comprehensive Britten Song Database, an open source reference for voice professionals worldwide. http://www.brittensongdatabase.com. His teachers include David Alt, Jerold Siena, and Joseph Evans. Dr. Perna twice apprenticed with the Santa Fe Opera.
Voice Type: Tenor
Music Styles Taught: Pop; Opera; Rock; Classical; Musical Theatre
Availability: I am available as a performer; I am currently accepting private students; I am available as a clinician or presenter; I accept students through a college or university program