Kat Anderson, founder of the group, holds multiple degrees in business and music. It is her desire to create a group empowering educated women with highly trained voices, to deliver passionate performances that encourage an expanded love and appreciation of music through the commercialization of an all female operatic vocal crossover group.
The LA Belles serve as a vehicle for education, entertainment, and community through the inspiration of the operatic performing arts.
No matter who you are or where you are from...this group is for you <3
The all female ensemble is a multinational classical crossover vocal group born in Los Angeles. The group consists of Kat Aderson (USA), Aurica Avonaires (Russia), Catherine Kenney (Cuba), and Sarah Shields (Texas). The group seeks to bridge the gap between the mainstream and classical worlds of music by fusing a wide array of genres such as Bossa Nova, Jazz, African Polyrhythms, Minimalism and more with both operatic and non-operatic tones. The group enjoys collaborating with composers from around the world to create a unique and exploratory dynamic for the operatic arts.
Furthermore, the group seeks to propel and expand the overall awareness, appreciation, and enjoyment of the greatest opera and pop opera favorites of all time.
As a bonus, the group is known for performing a variety of musical theater, jazz & pop as they appreciate every possibility of color, range, and emotion inherent in the cultivated human voice.
Catherine Kenney is a 22 year old soprano living and going to school in Los Angeles. She started studying classical music at a young age with the Colburn Conservatory throughout her high school years then moved on to pursuing her Vocal Performance degree at Azusa Pacific University. There, she was in the private voice studio of Dr. Melanie Galloway, participated in master classes with Michael Schütz, and performed the title role of Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel. Within her time at Azusa Pacific University she also was granted the amazing opportunity to work inside the Dorothy Chandler for the LA Opera in the Education and Community Engagement Department which allowed her to experience the love of the arts "behind the scenes". Now studying voice in the private studio of Shigemi Matsumoto she is reaching new bounds in her personal studies and looks forward to upcoming opportunities.
AURICA AVONAIRES is a Russian-American soprano who grew up in Moscow, one of the most impressive cultural centers in the world. She received her musical education from Moscow State University of Culture graduating with a Master’s degree and highest honors. She became the laureate of the second prize of the XXI Century Art in Italy, Lonigo, an international voice competition for classical soloists of Kiev-Ukraine. She was also Second prize of the Russian Patriotic Songs competition.
Joanna Lynn-Jacobs, mezzo-soprano, grew up singing and acting in Santa Barbara, CA. She earned her Bachelor’s of Music from Boston University studying with James Demler and recently received her Master’s of Music in voice from UCLA where she studied with Michael Dean. Joanna most recently appeared singing in Rand Steiger’s Nimbus as part of Green Umbrella series at Walt Disney Concert Hall. She has performed in many UCLA productions, singing the title role in Peter Brook’s The Tragedy of Carmen, Despina in Così fan tutte, various roles in the West Coast premieres of John Musto’s Bastianello and William Bolcom’s Lucrezia, as well as the Countess Rosina in the West Coast premiere of Mercadante’s The Two Figaros, which was part of LA Opera’s Figaro Unbound! citywide celebration. She has received notable awards from the Performing Arts Scholarship Foundation and John Profant Foundation, the Mimi Alpert Feldman Foundation and the Harold Heiberg Liedersänger Preis in Graz, Austria. Joanna currently lives in Los Angeles.
An east coast native, Sarah has performed across the country from New York to California. Classically trained, she spends her time on both opera and musical theatre stages. She also brings stories to life on screen. She enjoys communicating with audiences across different mediums and is thrilled to be a part of the Belles. She attended the Moores School of Music in Houston and now studies privately in North Hollywood.