Calesta Day

Vocal Artist in Residence School of the Humanities and Performing Arts
400 East Main St.Frankfort, KY 40601(502) 597-6942

Biography

Calesta A. Day is from Atlanta, Georgia. Calesta made her University of Kentucky Opera Theatre debut in February 2011 as Lily Holmes in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. She has also appeared as Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Cosí Fan Tutte with Miami University Opera. In Cincinnati Opera’s premier performance of Margaret Garner, she was seen as a Slave Chorister. Her operatic roles also include Countess Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro with Miami University and Bowling Green State University Opera, Third Spirit in Cendrillon with Bowling Green State University Opera and she premiered the role of Alice in The Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn with Sinclair Community College Theatre.

With Ms. Day’s recent release of her first album titled “Hear My Prayer” on Amazon, Google Play and ITunes stores, she has placed #9 and #24th in the Billboard Magazine’s Gospel and Classical music charts. Calesta is also a member and soloist with the American Spiritual Ensemble in Lexington, Kentucky. Ms. Day holds an Associate of Arts in Voice Performance from Sinclair Community College, Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance from Bowling Green State University, Master of Arts degree in Education with a Music Concentration from the University of Dayton. She is currently a doctoral candidate in Voice Performance at the University of Kentucky under the supervision of Dr. Everett McCorvey. Calesta’s doctoral project is “Exploring The Role Of African American Opera Singers In The Establishment Of The Spiritual As A Musical Art Form From 1900 To 1920”.