GLORIA PALERMO is a first-year Artist Diploma student at CU’s Eklund Opera Program. Prior to attending CU, Palermo completed two seasons with Opera Orlando as a Studio Artist, where she sang the role of Hansel ("Hansel and Gretel"), Mercédès ("Carmen"), Ida ("Die Fledermaus"), and Wowkle ("Girl of the Golden West"). Other roles performed include Bradamante ("Alcina"), Flora ("La Traviata"), Béatrice ("Béatrice et Bénédict") and La Badessa ("Suor Angelica"). She holds a Master in Music from the University of Southern California and Bachelor in Music from Rice University. She has received additional training from the Tanglewood Music Festival and the Aspen Music Festival. Palermo is a student of Professor Julie Simson.