Praised for her "rich sound" and "remarkable agility" (Brooklyn Daily Eagle), mezzo-soprano Cornelia Lotito has most recently made her professional debut in the role of Stephano in Knoxville Opera's 2020 production of Romeo et Juliette. She has also performed the roles of Dorabella (Così fan tutte - Light Opera New Jersey), Angelina (La Cenerentola - Opera Theatre of Montclair), (Berta (The Barber of Seville - Light Opera New Jersey), Dritte Dame (Die Zauberflöte - Opera Theatre of Montclair) and many others. During her undergraduate and graduate studies, she performed the roles of Miss Todd (The Old Maid and the Thief), Amelia's Friend (Amelia Goes to the Ball), and Bianca (The Rape of Lucretia), as well as several other roles from mezzo-soprano and soprano repertoire. She also recently debuted with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, singing the 2nd Fairy/mezzo-soprano solo in Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream.
A frequent vocal competitor, Ms. Lotito has won first place in the NATS NJ and Eastern competitions, as well as winning an encouragement award from the Gerda Lissner Foundation and semi-finalist positions in the 2016 Classical Singer and 2016 NATS National Student Auditions. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Montclair State University and is currently completing her Master of Music degree at University of Tennessee Knoxville under the instruction of Ms. Lorraine DiSimone.