Pelagia Pamel is a rising senior at the University of Michigan (U-M) pursuing a dual degree in Voice Performance and International Studies. She studies as a soprano under Daniel Washington and received the “Art Song Encouragement Award” at the George Shirley Vocal Competition in 2022. Pelagia has sung with U-M Chamber Choir since 2020. She was the soloist for “Meet Me Here” and sang in the choreographed trio for “Keep it Away From Me” in the choir’s televised national broadcast of Considering Matthew Shepard. Last spring, Pelagia performed Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Hannah Lash’s In Hopes of Finding the Sun with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. She returned this season for Mahler’s Symphony No. 2. Last summer, Pelagia performed in Austria as Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro and Mars in the premiere of Pluto with Vienna Summer Music Festival (VSMF) and in Germany as Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus with Berlin Opera Academy (BOA). She was a scholarship-receiving finalist in VSMF’s Voice Competition and BOA’s Lily Niblock Memorial Scholarship recipient. This season, Pelagia performed as Grasshopper and Fox Cub in U-M’s The Cunning Little Vixen and as Aphrodite in U-M Chamber Opera’s Triangle. Pelagia also made her Detroit Opera debut in the chorus of Aida in Concert. In 2023, she continued with Detroit Opera as a Niña in Deborah Colker’s new production of Ainadamar, performing as both a vocalist and dancer. Pelagia finishes her 2022-2023 season performing as Zerlina in Don Giovanni with the Prague Summer Nights Festival at the Estates Theatre in Prague, Czech Republic.