Rising soprano, Naomi Merer, was born and raised in Ardsley, New York, a small town in the suburbs of New York City. Ms. Merer is currently a Masters candidate for voice and opera at University of California Santa Barbara, studying with Dr. Linda Di Fiore. She has performed such roles as Papagena in Die Zauberflöte (Amalfi Coast Music and Arts Festival), Madame Herz in The Impresario, as well as numerous ensemble roles in other productions, including Dead Man Walking and The Grapes of Wrath (Northwestern University Opera Theatre). She received her Bachelor of Music from Northwestern University, where she studied with Dr. Stephen Smith. A versatile artist, Ms. Merer has also starred in several of Northwestern’s musical theatre productions, portraying Lucy and the Street Singer in The Threepenny Opera and Linda in The Wedding Singer. She has also participated in several young artist programs, including Joan Dornemann’s program, IVAI in Montreal, Canada (2015), the Amalfi Coast Music and Arts Festival in Maiori, Italy (2015), and AIMS in Graz, Austria (2014).