Voice Chair, Voice Instructor, Artistic Director of BOW and SVA
Named “one of Europe’s most exciting young talents” by Opernwelt, Lina received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Juilliard School and her Master of Music in Opera from the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. Lina has served as a vocal instructor at the Brooklyn Music School since 2009, and has led the Vocal Department as the Chair of since 2014. In 2013, Lina founded the Brooklyn Opera Works and Summer Vocal Arts programs within the Brooklyn Music School, which she now oversees in the role of Artistic Director. Brooklyn Opera Works and Summer Vocal Arts provide conservatory-level opera training and performance opportunities to new and emerging artists. For younger, aspiring performers, Lina has developed a vibrant Musical Theater program and Summer Vocal Arts Junior for students ages 6 - 13. Each year the Musical Theater and Summer Vocal Arts programs culminate in a fully produced performance of an original musical production.
Lina has performed in major roles on stages across the world, notable roles include the namesake Madam Butterfly with the Hawaii Opera theatre, Liu (Turandot) with the Seattle Opera, Lora (Die Feen, Wagner), Norma (Norma) both at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris, Mimi with Michigan Opera Theater, Antonia and Donna Elvira with the Cologne Opera in Germany, Magda Sorel in The Consul with Opera New Jersey, Magda (La Rondine) at Sarasota Opera, Marguerite (Faust) with Opera Naples, Kupova (The Snow Maiden) for Wexford Festival Opera and many more. As a performer she had an honor of collaborating with world-class music, theater and film professionals such as Placido Domingo, David Cronenberg, Paolo Carignani and Frank Corsaro, Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Peter Mussbach, Eiji Oue, Asher Fisch, Marc Minkowski, Alisa Weilerstein, Howard Shore and many others.
Lina enjoys sharing her passion for music with her students at BMS, and believes that she is able to empower them to accomplish more both within and beyond music by teaching proper vocal technique, confidence, and presence. She focuses on why we sing, as well as how.
Lina’s students have gone on to be accepted by top-ranked conservatories and to perform on the stage, in opera, and in film. She believes that BMS truly reflects the “melting pot” of different cultures and musical traditions that defines contemporary Brooklyn, and believes that the BVMS theater is a great asset to develop student’s performance skills and interact with the community.