Venezuelan-Indian soprano Parvathi Subbiah is currently completing her Doctorate in Venezuelan politics at Cambridge University, whilst simultaneously embarking on a solo career. A former student of Mirella Freni at her Centro Universale del Bel Canto Academy in Italy, Parvathi began studying piano and singing in Venezuela and went on to study at the Oberlin Conservatory with Julien Robbins, and later with Elizabeth Hynes at the University of Southern California.
Her orchestral concert repertoire includes Stravinsky Les Noces, Beethoven Symphony No. 9, Villa Lobos Bachianas Brasileiras, Canteloube’s Chants d’Auvergne, Verdi’s Te Deum, Mozart’s Requiem, Ch’io mi scordi di te, and Exsultate Jubilate, which she sang with Christian Vasquez and the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela in Caracas. She also premiered Sperger’s Aria for soprano and concertante bass with Edicson Ruiz, double bassist with the Berliner Philharmoniker.
On the opera stage, her roles include Susanna at the Lyric Opera Studio in Weimar; Violetta and Mimi at the Aspen Music Festival; Sandrina la Finta Giardiniera and Mrs Coyle Owen Wingrave at the University of Southern California; Geraldine Barber’s A Hand of Bridge at the Londrina Music Festival, Brazil; Suor Angelica with the Empyrean Ensemble in Cambridge; and Violetta La Traviata Act 3 at the Figaro Opera Society in Venice.
A committed recitalist, Parvathi has performed in Cambridge, Los Angeles, Caracas, and Curitiba (Brazil), with her repertoire ranging from Schubert to Strauss, Rachmaninov to Montsalvatge, and Manuel de Falla to atonal works by renowned choral composer Morten Lauridsen, who invited her to perform his Spanish song cycle Cuatro Canciones sobre poesías de Federico García Lorca.