Dramatic soprano, Anishka Lee-Skorepa from San Diego, California was raised in a culturally diverse environment, speaking English and Spanish, as well as performing music from many genres and cultures. Her advanced education began at San Francisco State University where she completed her Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance, with honors. From there she received a fellowship to attend the University of Arizona to earn her Masters of Music in Voice Performance.
Throughout her career she has performed as a soloist and as part of touring ensembles on stages the world over, including: San Francisco, San Diego, Chicago, Arizona, Mexico, Germany, Austria, Cuba, and China.
Currently she is a member of the San Diego Opera Chorus Core, where she has performed in over 25 productions, as well as small solo roles in productions of “Turandot” and “Don Pasquale”.
In 2013, Anishka developed a series of art song and aria concerts in an attempt to reach a broader audience. These concerts are performed in non- traditional spaces such as cabaret theatres and community centers, creating a more casual environment. Her contemporary presentations include: music in many languages with projected translations, information about the composers, discussions of key musical moments, and even incorporate other art forms. Her hope is that all of these elements will elevate the music, allowing it to truly come alive for both novices and seasoned listeners alike.
No stranger to the world of competitions, in December 2015 she was one of 8 finalist from over 100 singers for The Palm Springs Opera Guild Competition, and took home a Runner’s Up award. In 2011 she won 1st Place in the Virginia Hawk Vocal Competition, and in 2012 was a semifinalist in the San Diego Musical Merit Competition.
In 2013 she performed the role of “Aida” as a part of La Opera de Tijuana’s annual opera street festival, “Opera en la Calle”. The following two years she was thrilled when she was asked to return to the festival as a representative for San Diego Opera.
Working internationally on both sides of the US and Mexico border has become a deeply meaningful part of her career, and has led her to accept a teaching position with “Ja’sit” (Escuela de Formación Escénico Vocal). This newly accredited vocal training program at the Centro de Artes Musicales in Tijuana is the first of it’s kind in the region. There she gives private voice lessons and group masterclasses to the next generation of opera singers in Baja California.
In addition to her educational work with “Ja’sit” in Tijuana, she is a Teaching Artist for San Diego Opera. There she engages with Memorial Preparatory for Scholars and Athletes, forming a program for the middle schoolers there to learn how to sing, act, and tell their own stories on stage. She also performs for festivals and schools in San Diego and Tijuana as an ambassador for the Opera, engaging new opera audiences.