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Praised for her “mesmerizing sound… (which) would rival Homer’s sirens,” Siena Forest, an American soprano, stands out for her “spunkiness and feisty vocalism” and deftness in bringing characters and stories to life on stage. Siena has garnered praise premiering new works and for her refreshingly relatable interpretations of traditional repertoire. Recently, Siena premiered the role of Paula Jordan in William Bolcom’s Dinner at Eight where she “fervently sang” a “gorgeous ballad” (“One Moment He’s Devoted”)… “one of the performances vocal highlights.” Siena also reprised her role as Frasquita in Carmen with the Lakes Area Music Festival under the baton of Andrew Altenbach and in the summer of 2018 will be returning to Mill City Summer Opera. Siena also enjoys appearing frequently with Out of the Box Opera exposing new audiences to opera in unconventional venues. She has a passion for connecting to a community and breaking down the stigmas of the art form.
During the 2015-2016 season with Minnesota Opera, Siena realized the roles of Echo in Ariadne auf Naxos, Pamina in Komische Oper Berlin’s unforgettable production of Die Zauberflöte where she “soared through her arias, especially Act 2’s ‘Ach, ich fühl’s, es ist verschwunden,’” and was the first of the "exquisitely sung" Wood Sprites in Dvořák’s Rusalka. Siena sang the role of Wendy Torrence in the workshops of the highly acclaimed world premiere of Stephen King’s The Shining, composed by Paul Moravec with librettist Mark Campbell. That Christmas Siena was the soprano soloist in South Dakota Symphony’s performance of Handel’s Messiah and received an Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera Auditions Minnesota District. Siena continued her education in the style of bel canto repertoire covering the role of Marie in La fille du regiment with Mill City Summer Opera (2015). She also had the honor of singing with Minnesota Orchestra at their outdoor Music in Plymouth summer concert.
In Minnesota Opera’s 2014-2015 season Siena took the stage as the Dew Fairy in Hänsel und Gretel and covered Gretel. “Soaring above the patter of a lively smuggler’s quintet” Siena “engagingly performed” a “memorable characterization” of Frasquita in Carmen and was chosen as one of the top 10 scene-stealing performances in the Twin Cities Arts Reader. Siena also covered Adina in L’elisir d’amore, and Jocelyn Jordan in the world premiere of The Manchurian Candidate by the Pulitzer Prize winning team, Kevin Puts and Mark Campbell. Siena starred as Pamina in Mozart’s The Magic Flute and was featured as the soprano soloist in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the OK Mozart International Music Festival under Constantine Kitsopoulos’s baton in the summer of 2014. With Indiana University Opera Theater, Siena sang Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, Nannetta in Falstaff, and Musetta in La bohème.
In addition to her recent success in Piccola Opera’s Third Annual Opera Voice Competition, Siena has been recognized by multiple organizations including the Mildred Miller International Voice Competition, Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Central City Opera (Patsy Rose Musser Award), and Indiana University (Wilfred C. Bain Opera Scholarship Competition, Schilling-Tourner Friends of Music Scholarship, Artistic Excellence Award and Music Faculty Award). She holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Indiana University where she studied with Carol Vaness.
In her spare time, Siena enjoys hiking, reading novels and biographies, gardening, cooking, baking bread, laughing with her husband and cuddling their two cats. She is currently planning in April to hike the Appalachian Trail for two weeks through Georgia and North Carolina, about 140 miles.