Gloria Palermo, mezzo soprano, is originally from Cocoa, Florida, and has recently completed her Artist Diploma at Eklund Opera studying with Abigail Nims. This spring Gloria won Second Place in the Denver Lyric Opera Guild Competition and sang the title role in Massenet’s Cendrillon. Last fall, Gloria was awarded the Beverly Sears Grant to perform John Harbison’s Mirabai Songs with chamber orchestra. Other roles performed at CU were Flora in La traviata and Lady With A Hat Box in Postcard from Morocco. During the summer of 2022 Gloria was an apprentice artist at the Santa Fe Opera. In 2021 Gloria received the Encouragement Award for the Southeast Region at the Metropolitan Opera Laffont Competition. Prior to attending CU, Gloria completed two seasons with Opera Orlando as a Studio Artist. Gloria holds a Master’s in Music from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor’s in Music from Rice University. She has received additional training at the Tanglewood Music Festival and the Aspen Music Festival. This summer, Gloria will travel to Rome, Italy to compete in the Ottavio Ziino competition, supported by Allied Arts.