Sheena Ramirez, described as a “light, perky soprano” (New York Times) has been thrilling classical audiences all over the country and around the world. With a penchant for operetta, she has performed nearly all of the Gilbert and Sullivan soprano roles, including her 2015 performance of Patience in Patience which was awarded “Best Female Voice” at the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival in Harrogate, England. She sang leading roles in the American premiers of Olivo e Pasquale (Isabella) and I Due Figaro (Inez) with New York City Opera company Amore Opera, as well as more canon shows including Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Frasquita (Carmen), and Gretel (Hansel and Gretel). During her five years in New York City, she performed over a dozen leading roles with the Blue Hill Troupe, Light Opera of New York, Capital Heights Opera, and Pacific Opera. In 2016, she began work on her Doctorate at James Madison University under the tutelage of Prof. Kevin McMillan. In her time there, she sang the role of Cunegonde (Candide), performed works at their Contemporary Music Festival, and prepared her first doctoral recital on works by living composers. Sheena is also a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory (Bachelors of Music) and New England Conservatory (Masters of Music).