Praised for his "emotionally driven performance" (South Florida Sun Sentinel) and his "impressive sound," (Houston Chronicle) tenor Nicholas Perna has delighted audiences in opera, concert, and recital. Operatic credits include Rodolfo in La Bohème, The Duke in Rigoletto, Nemorino in Elixir of Love, Alfred in Die Fledermaus, and Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly. Concert appearances range from Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde, and Beethoven's Symphony IX, to numerous performances of Handel's Messiah. In recital, Perna regularly performs the songs of Benjamin Britten. Collaborating with Dr. Mandy Spivak-Perna, they created The Comprehensive Britten Song Database. Perna twice apprenticed with the Santa Fe Opera.
Dr. Nicholas Perna is Assistant Professor of Voice and Voice Pedagogy at Mississippi College, and a voice research associate at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. A Presser Music Foundation Grant winner and active researcher, his conference presentations include ICVT 8 in Brisbane and the Voice Foundation annual symposium in Philadelphia. He has been published in Journal of Singing, Journal of Voice, and VOICEPrints. Perna holds degrees from the University of Miami and the University of Houston. His teachers include David Alt, Jerold Siena, and Joseph Evans.