Golda Berkman wanted to become an opera singer even before she started kinder-garden. Now the teen soprano joyously adds to her repertoire with fearless delight.
“I was 4 when I saw The Magic Flute,” Golda recalled. “I was just in awe of the grandiose sets and performers. When I got in the car afterward I was so happy and singing. I knew this was going to be my career.”
Golda has achieved remarkable accomplishments for her age – with her Carnegie Hall and Walt Disney Hall debuts under her belt. She has performed the beloved Brindisi duet -“Libiamo ne’ lieti calici” from La Traviata with superstar tenor Vittorio Grigolo at the Broad Stage, and performed scenes from Eugene Onegan with legendary, world renowned baritone Vladimir Chernov. Golda is the youngest grand prize finalist in classical voice in the Music Center’s prestigious Spotlight Award competition.
Looking at any of her YouTube videos you’ll know she loves what she is doing. Videos trace the progress of her vocal prowess. Just compare an early recital from March 2010 to her performance of Tatyana’s “Letter Scene” from Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin from May 2016. You’ll want to see more. Not only does her singing transcend that of anyone her age, but so too her composure and emotion during performances.
“I feel it is important to learn about the character and translations so you’ll be able to connect with the opera and the audience, too, because they may not be able to understand what you’re singing,” she said.
She has performed a vast repertoire of arias in French, Italian, German, Russian, Korean and other languages, and is also a classical pianist and passionate composer. Golda has been a featured performer with LA Opera, The Burbank Philharmonic, the LA Lawyers Philharmonic and other orchestras.
She will make her professional opera debut as Lauretta in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi with the Redlands Opera Theatre in November 2016, and will sing at the company’s season opening gala, Soireé at the Gables, on Sept. 17, 2016.
“I’m so excited,” Golda said. “I love singing in concert, but being in a full opera production is what I love – being in costume, the stage set, playing a role and all its emotion.”