"All I've Ever Known"
Approaching Ali:

Artist's website: www.laynachianakas.com







Career highlights have included the title role in CARMEN with Nashville Opera, Virginia Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, Sacramento Opera, Opera San Jose, Treasure Coast Opera, and West Bay Opera; Santuzza in CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA with Opera Santa Barbara; Suzuki in MADAMA BUTTERFLY with Dayton Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, and Sacramento Opera; Cherubino in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO with Sarasota Opera, Cleveland Opera, Virginia Opera, and 

Layna Chianakas

"In Cavalleria Rusticana, mezzo-soprano Layna Chianakas was an audience favorite as Santuzza, singing with a strong, cutting voice and projecting real pathos into the character of the betrayed peasant girl."

--The Boston Globe

Intermountain Opera; Nicklausse / Muse in LES CONTES D'HOFFMANN, Sesto in GIULIO CESARE, and Siébel in FAUST with Cleveland Opera; Prince Orlofsky in DIE FLEDERMAUS with Nevada Opera; Maddalena in RIGOLETTO with Dayton Opera, Festival Opera, and Intermountain Opera; the title role in LA CENERENTOLA with the Sugar Creek Festival and Opera San Jose; Rosina in IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA with Livermore Valley Opera; Donna Elvira in DON GIOVANNI with Dayton Opera and Festival Opera; Hänsel in HÄNSEL UND GRETEL with Sacramento Opera; the Mother in AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS with Des Moines Metro Opera; Marla in EMPEROR NORTON (world premiere) with California Chamber Opera; Flora in LA TRAVIATA with Madison Opera; and the title role in LA PÉRICHOLE with West Bay Opera. Concert highlights have included Santuzza in CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA with Boston's Chorus pro Musica; Rosina IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA, Suzuki in MADAMA BUTTERFLY, and Ravel's SHÉHÉRAZADE with the New West Symphony; Craig Bohmler's SAINTS with the San Jose Chamber Orchestra; De Falla's EL AMOR BRUJO and Copland's OLD AMERICAN SONGS with the Santa Cruz County Symphony; Mahler's SECOND SYMPHONY with the Peoria Symphony; DES KNABEN WUNDERHORN with the Oakland East Bay Symphony; LIEDER EINES FAHRENDEN GESELLEN with the Vallejo Symphony; MESSIAH with the Fresno Philharmonic; more than one hundred recitals on tour with the THE SONGS OF FRANZ SCHUBERT Concert Series; Alva Henderson's WINTER REQUIEM (world premiere) with San Francisco's Schola Cantorum; an OPERA GALA with the Charlottesville Symphony; as well as concerts throughout Central America, South America, and the West Indies as United States Artistic Ambassador.