Bard College and Conservatory -M.M.
The Juilliard School - B.M.
Indiana University - P.D.
With a captivating tenor voice, Vincent Festa is an accomplished performer whose artistry continues to grace concert and opera stages, presenting an extensive repertoire spanning baroque and classical to bel canto and contemporary works. A native Italian-American New Yorker, Vincent's journey in music began at the renowned Juilliard School, where he earned his bachelor's degree. He further honed his craft at Bard College Conservatory's Graduate Vocal Arts Program, mentored by soprano Dawn Upshaw, and then pursued a performance diploma as well as a doctorate from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.
Drawing from his rich performance experience, Vincent infuses his private voice lessons with emotional storytelling and deep musical expression. His teaching style centers around connecting technique and text connection with the beauty and ease of tone. As a dedicated instructor, he nurtures each student's artistic growth, creating a supportive and encouraging learning environment for the singer to find their true voice.
Notable appearances in Vincent's career include roles such as Bob Boles in Peter Grimes, King Ouff in L'étoile, Brighella/Tanzmeister in Ariadne auf Naxos, Ernesto in Don Pasquale, Count Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and Nanki-Poo in The Mikado. He was also seen as Colin in L'amant Anonyme by Saint-Georges with the Little Opera Theater of New York in collaboration with New Vintage Baroque.
Other engagements include performances of Nika Magadoff in Menotti's The Consul, Peter Quint in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw, and the tenor soloist in Britten's cantata St. Nicholas. Vincent has made appearances with renowned institutions such as the Chautauqua Opera Company, Tanglewood Music Center, Albany Symphony and the Boston Symphony Orchestra
Through his remarkable artistry and dedication to music, Vincent inspires his students to explore the full potential of their voice, guiding them on a transformative musical journey. With Vincent as their mentor, students not only develop technical proficiency but also discover their unique expression and the profound emotional connection that music can foster under his caring and inspiring guidance.