Mezzo soprano Tara Gruszkiewicz wields a substantial yet flexible instrument, with a warm and rich timbre. A statuesque figure on the stage, Tara brings emotional sincerity to eccentric operatic roles. Tara recently returned from the iSing! International Young Artists Festival in Suzhou, China, where she sang Zita in Gianni Schicchi. In past seasons, Tara performed the roles of Bradamante, (Alcina), La zia principessa (Suor Angelica), Sesto (La clemenza di Tito), Erste Norn (Götterdämmerung), Waltraute (Die Walküre), Hänsel (Hänsel und Gretel), Le prince charmant (Cendrillon), La tasse chinoise (L’enfant et les sortilèges), and the partial roles of Teseo (Arianna in Creta), Carmen (Carmen), and Nicklausse (Les contes d’Hoffman) throughout New York City. Tara's solo oratorio credits include Messiah and Israel in Egypt (Handel), Psalmens Davids (Schütz), Requiem (Verdi), Symphony No. 9 (Beethoven) Matthäus-Passion (Bach), Stabat Mater (Pergolesi), Messe basse (Faure), Oratorio de Noël (Saint-Saëns), and Missa in tempore belli (Haydn). Tara earned her Master of Music in Classical Voice at Manhattan School of Music, and her Bachelor of Arts in Music at Manhattanville College.