Multi-faceted performance artist Aumna Iqbal has been heard in opera and concert throughout the United States and Europe.
2019 will see Aumna perform in fundraiser Shenangians, as well as explore new avenues for development and performance.
Hailed as "superb" (-Oberon's Grove) in the role of Orfeo with Cantanti Project's L'Euridice performed with Dorian Baroque, Aumna continued 2018 in concert with the Brahms Alto Rhapsody with Chamber Music of Los Angeles. She then finished the summer in a workshop of the world premiere of Tony Manfredonia's Ghost Variations at the Opera America National Opera Center with OperaRox Productions. Aumna also was featured in Far and Near, a concert at the United Palace of the Arts in hat trick with Cantanti Project.
2017 saw Aumna's debut with OperaRox Productions in concert for National Opera Week in November, as well as her debut with Cantanti Project in "Magic and Mayhem," also for National Opera Week. Aumna also participated in the Bach in the Subways Los Angeles 12 hour Bach Marathon as a soloist in March, as well as performing in Palm Springs for the Coachella Valley Symphony "Opera to Broadway" concert.
"Terrific voice. Really solid and
interesting... Love the voice!"
Frederica von Stade
Aumna debuted with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2016 in collaboration with The Industry for the world premiere of Nimbus by Rand Steiger at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Aumna also returned to Pacific Symphony as Edith in the Pirates of Penzance, conducted by Roger Kalia.
She saddled up again with Pacific Opera Project for their Western reworking of The Merry Widow in a three week run as Praskowia. April 2016 saw her debut with the Santa Barbara Master Chorale as the alto soloist for both Beethoven's Mass in C and Choral Fantasy, conducted by Stephen Hodson. As the "stunning, vocally acrobatic" Dragon for which " the music soared" (-The Ford Theatres) in ICELAND, she continued her work in contemporary opera in a new compostion by O-Lan Jones. The Overtone Industries production marked the opening season of the refurbished Ford Amphitheater in Los Angeles.
Aumna made her Pacific Symphony debut in 2015 under the baton of Alejandro Gutierrez in their Class Act Youth Concerts, featuring the music of Leonard Bernstein. This year also brought Aumna her first Komponist (Ariadne auf Naxos) in a return to Pacific Opera Project, and a cover performance as La Cenerentola for Pacific Symphony's Family Musical Mornings concert, Cinderella for Kids!. Aumna also debuted with contemporary opera company The Industry in the critically acclaimed Hopscotch ("one of the most audacious cultural events of the year" -LA Times), a new mobile opera in 24 cars, as a last-minute cover on the Green Route.
As a Resident Artist with Redlands Opera Theatre for 2014-2015, she performed roles including Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Little Buttercup (HMS Pinafore), and in the season's opening Gala. For her portrayal of Pepa(Goyescas) with Independent Opera Company, Aumna was hailed as "fun to watch, [and] wholeheartedly took on [her] character's charms and faults" (Lauri's List). Her 2015 season culminated with study at OCAVA in Rome and a subsequent European audition tour, made possible by a generous grant awarded by the Milan Panic Jr. Foundation.
In 2014, Aumna was a Liebowitz Centennial Fellow at Middlebury College for the internationally renowned Deutsch für Sängern program, where she spent the summer mastering the German language and reprising the role of Dorabella in German. Last season she was also seen as Suzuki (Madama Butterfly) with Center Stage Opera, as a cover for the title role in Carmen with Pacific Opera Project, and as Dorabella with Repertory Opera Company. She first joined ROC in the role of Mrs. Herring (Albert Herring) as part of the LA Opera Britten 100 Festival in 2013, and in the same year she performed Zerlina (Don Giovanni) with New York Lyric Opera Theatre.
A capable actor and director, Aumna has performed in Shakespeare plays and has directed a number of operas, including assistant directing Le nozze di Figaro at the historic Sheldonian Theater in Oxford under rising star opera director Max Hoehn. She co-founded Bouncy Castle Productions and directed their 2010 Edinburgh Fringe Festival production of Phillip Ridley's Sparkleshark. She has also had a taste of being a pop singer, performing onstage with Mika in Los Angeles as part of his 2012-2013 Origins of Love tour.
Aumna has been the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships, most notably First Prize in the POSA Follman-Young Young Artist Competition and the Anna Haxworth Music Prize, and she was twice a finalist for The American Prize in Opera. She also is a Young Musicians Foundation scholarship recipient, and participated in Songfest 2012 as a Songfest Fellow at The Colburn School in Los Angeles.
Aumna completed a Master of Studies in Musicology from the University of Oxford and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Distinction and Honors) in Music from Stanford University. She has trained with faculty, directors, and actors from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Globe Theatre, and South Coast Repertory.