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JoAna Rusche is a recent alumna of the Academy of Vocal Arts. Her roles at AVA include Tamara in Rubinstein’s The Demon, Second Lady in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, Giorgetta in Puccini’s Il tabarro, Fiora in Montemezzi’s L'amore dei tre re, and Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Previous roles include the title role in Rossini’s La Cenerentola with Opera North where she was hailed as “an effervescent Cinderella” and was praised for managing “Rossini's florid lines with flair and warmth.”  Additional roles include Sheva Haddas in the world premiere of Ben Moore's Enemies, A Love Story and Rosina in the family performance of Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia as part of the Palm Beach Opera Young Artist Program, and Soeur Mathilde in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites with the Caramoor International Music Festival (now Teatro Nuovo).

Ms. Rusche is a 2016 and 2015 District Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and has received second place in the 2014 Birmingham Opera Competition and the 2012 Heafner Williams Vocal Competition, first place in the 2012 Long Leaf Opera National Vocal Competition and the 2011 Charlotte Opera Guild Auditions, and first place in the National Federation of Music Clubs Auditions at the state and national levels. She was also the recipient of the Orpheus DaCapo Award in the 2011 Orpheus Vocal Competition. JoAna earned a B.M. in Vocal and Piano Performance from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also earned an M.M. in Vocal Performance from University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she sang the title roles in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel and Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilège, as well as the Mother in Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors.