With a strong passion for studying and performing new music; MaKayla has premiered various contemporary works. This Summer, she will participate in dell’Arte Opera Ensemble’s Summer Festival: Voices From the Tower, where she will sing the role of Ursula in the world premiere of Princess Maleine & Cendrillon in Pauline Viardot’s Cendrillon.
In the Fall, MaKayla will sing a recital entitled ‘Songs of Unity’ with Calliope’s Call, an innovative art song performance group based in New England & will work with New Camerata Opera on their exciting new operatic film, Julie.
Additional roles include: Peep-Bo in The Mikado with Bronx Opera, Harriet Tubman in the New York premiere of Thea Musgrave’s The Story of Harriet Tubman with Utopia Opera, Frasquita in scenes from Carmen with City Lyric Opera, & Gretel in Hansel and Gretel with Old Capitol Opera.
Off stage, MaKayla works for the music department at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, cantors regularly, & has a small private voice studio.
When she isn’t working, you can find MaKayla out exploring the city, searching for tacos, or reading a book on a blanket in Prospect Park!
MaKayla is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, where she has received both a Master & Bachelor of Music degrees in Voice Performance.