Vanessa Naghdi is a teacher and performer originally from the Washington, D.C. area. Since the age of 2, she has been singing and performing for all audiences. Vanessa sang in her first musical at age 9, started singing in choirs and playing violin at 10, and started taking voice lessons at age 12. She began studying piano at age 15. Vanessa has been a part of countless musicals, operas, and choirs and earned her Bachelor of Music degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in Vocal Performance. She received her Master of Music degree from Arizona State University in Music Theatre/Opera Performance. Vanessa has worked with companies such as Virginia Opera, Opera Colorado, and Arizona Opera since then.
Highlights from Vanessa’s performing career have included an 8-month residency with Opera Colorado as an Artist in Residence, performing in three mainstage productions at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver, Colorado and two touring productions across the state of Colorado with them. She has been an Education Teaching Artist with Arizona Opera and has performed over 200 shows while on tour in Arizona. Vanessa has sung internationally in Germany, where she performed in two operas and multiple concerts, and in the US in venues such as The Music Center at Strathmore and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Vanessa has been teaching since 2011, and loves to share all that she has learned as an avid performer with her students. She teaches each student on an individual basis based on their needs. Vanessa’s teaching technique starts with a strong foundation, focusing on breath, projection, pitch, musicality, and helping each student find their best vocal quality, all of which is then applied to singing any genre of their choosing. She uses this technique as a stable base for singing classical, musical theatre/Broadway, jazz/American standards, pop, rock, country, and any other kind of music. Vanessa has had language and diction training in multiple languages, and can teach how to sing in Italian, French, German, Spanish, Latin, and more. She has an extensive theatrical and audition background, and teaches audition techniques and dramatic preparation. Vanessa teaches children through to adults, as well as beginning through professional students.