Soprano Tharanga Goonetilleke is a native of Sri Lanka. She graduated with her Artist Diploma for Opera Studies as well as her Master of Music degree in Voice and Opera at the Juilliard School. She has a Bachelor of Music degree from Converse College, Spartanburg, SC, USA with a minor in Biology. She is also an Associate of the Trinity College of Music, London, England.
Tharanga’s Operatic experience includes performing the role of Mimi in La Boheme (Puccini), Lauretta and Nella in Gianni Schicchi (Puccini), Pamina and the first lady in Die Zauberflöte (Mozart), Linfea in La Calisto (Cavalli), the title role of Iphigénie en Aulide (Gluck), Despina in Così fan tutte (Mozart), Antonia in Les contes d'Hoffmann (Offenbach), Venus in Orfée aux Enfers (Offenbach), Genevra in Ariodante (Handel), Blanche in Dialogues of the Carmelites (Poulenc), and The Princess and The Bergere in " L'enfant et les sortileges" (Ravel). Tharanga made her New York City Opera debut in 2010 as Resi in Intermezzo by R. Strauss under the baton of George Manahan, while understudying the role of Anna in the same opera. Since then she was invited back to sing Lucy for the performances of NYCO Education in their production of Treemonisha by Scott Joplin and last season, covered the role of Miss Jessel in their production of The Turn of the Screw by Britten.
Tharanga Goonetilleke, Soprano