Soprano, Mandy Spivak has found success in concert as well as on the operatic stage. She was a featured artist at the John Duffy Composer’s Institute with the Virginia Arts Festival from 2009 through 2015, performing new stage works of composers such as Jake Runestad. Dr. Spivak portrayed Desdemona in the world premiere of The Bride of the Moor by Thomas Pasatieri with Opera Beaumont in recent years. She has also performed the title role in Puccini’s Tosca with Frost Opera Theatre and Amarillo Opera. Other roles with Amarillo Opera include Love Simpson in Carlisle Floyd’s Cold Sassy Tree and Minnie in Wage of Sin for KACV television. Additional operatic credits include Hanna Glawari in The Merry Widow, Adina in The Elixir of Love, and Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus. She has enjoyed concert performances of Handel’s Saul and Messiah, Schubert’s Mass in C, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Mozart’s Solemn Vespers, Coronation Mass and Requiem, Orff’s Carmina Burana and Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle. Dr. Spivak holds graduate degrees from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami and the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston. She maintained a successful post as Assistant Professor of Voice at West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, West Virginia before moving to Mississippi. Now a resident of Clinton, Dr. Spivak teaches privately and continues her performing career.