South Carolina native Nakia Verner is praised for her sumptuous sound and spontaneous passion in recital performances and operatic portrayals which have delighted listeners from San Francisco to Rome. Here notable roles include Madama Butterfly for the Municipal Opera Company of Baltimore and First Lady in Die Zaüberflote with the Rome Festival Opera, Magda in La Rondine; and the title role of Puccini’s Suor Angelica with the Peabody Opera. Verner has also sung the role of Fiordiligi in Cosi Fan Tutte, with the Bay Area Opera Institute and the title role in Ariadne Auf Naxos.

Nakia has degrees from Winthrop University and The University of Tennessee-Knoxville. She also received a Graduate Performance Degree in Voice from the Peabody Conservatory of Music where she received the George Woodhead prize for voice. Nakia completed her studies at The Catholic University of America in 2014.

Nakia has been soprano soloist in the Verdi Requiem with the Peabody Symphony Orchestra, Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem, and the Bach Magnificat. Ms. Verner was one of fourteen singers chosen to attend the 2006 Renata Scotto Opera Academy. She performed the role of the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro with the Brooklyn Conservatory Community orchestra and has been presented in recital at the Brooklyn Conservatory, the Wiscasset Salon Series, and Music Conservatory of Westchester. In 2012 she performed Poulenc’s one-women tour de force La Voix Humaine with the CUA Opera Theatre and Dottie in CUA’s production of Finian’s Rainbow. Her other notable roles include the Mother in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel and Woman in George Lam’s contemporary opera, The Persistance of Smoke. She is the 1st place winner of the 2010 Washington Summer Opera Theatre Scholarship Competition and the winner of the 2012 CUA Concerto competition . Ms. Verner made her debut with Maryland Lyric Opera as Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana in July 2014.

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April 22, 2018, 2:00 p.m.


Sound & Serenity Concert Series

The Catholic Community of St. Francis Xavier

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‘Finian’s Rainbow’ at Catholic University by Jessica Vaughan

Jessica Vaughan

....and Nakia Verner (Dottie) brought the house down with her rendition of “Necessity.”

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