Monday, 27 April 2009
Young soprano Chinwe Enu is rapidly garnering acclaim for her beautiful voice and captivating stage presence. In August 2006, she appeared as Saffi in Der Zigeunerbaron in concert in Graz, Austria with the American Institute of Musical Studies Festival Orchestra. Following her concert appearances, she was praised for her “glorious sound” and “superior talent.”
On June 25, 2006, Ms. Enu made her debut as a soprano soloist at the annual summer concert of the Heritage Signature Chorale, a concert choir hailed by the Washington Post for its “spectacular vocal polish.” Ms. Enu’s notable past performances include several roles with the Washington, DC Georgetown Gilbert and Sullivan Society: Edith in The Pirates of Penzance, The Duchess in The Gondoliers, and Buttercup in HMS Pinafore. She has also performed roles in Italy and in Salzburg, Austria.
A native of Enugu State, Nigeria, Ms. Enu journeyed to the United States when she was fifteen. She attended Phillips Exeter Academy. While at Exeter, she participated in the world-renowned Tanglewood Institute Young Artist Vocal program. She received her B.A. from Vassar College where she won the Vassar College Orchestra Concerto competition. She continued her musical studies at the prestigious Oberlin program in Urbania, Italy.
In the summers of 2002 and 2003, Ms. Enu traveled to Salzburg, Austria to study with international opera diva Grace Bumbry. In 2006, she was selected to attend the American Institute of Musical Studies opera training program in Graz, Austria. There, she worked with notable names in the opera world, including leading dramatic soprano Gabriella Lechner of the Vienna Staatsoper.
Ms. Enu balances her passionate career as a singer with her training as an attorney. She received a Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center and is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia and the state of California.