D'Andrea Pelletier is a classically trained soprano with a voice that has frequently been compared to those of early Disney princesses, Renee Fleming, and a bel-canto style like Maria Callas. From the agility of a coloratura, the timbre of a lyric soprano to the style of a spinto, D’Andrea’s voice transcends the traditional bounds of a single fach.
As a member of the Orlando Opera chorus in 2007, D’Andrea’s ambition landed her a spot in their production of Madama Butterfly while still in college. In 2008 D’Andrea performed with Michael Buble at the UCF Arena as a back-up singer during Buble’s US tour. After Drew Pelletier, business partner and husband, brought her to Hawaii in 2009, D’Andrea fell in love with the Hawaiian islands and eventually made it her home.
Most recently, D’Andrea has been inspired to perform the Hawaiian art songs composed by song writer Queen Liliuokalani, as many of the Queen’s classical art songs remain unpublished works have yet to be sung as the Queen had intended for these beautiful pieces. Her mission is to bring Queen Liliuokalani to life and educate the people the world on the stories that inspired the music, beginning with her After Dark in the Park series program in late April at the Volcanoes National Park.
A native of Virginia Beach, Virginia, D’Andrea had a desire to be on stage at a young age and began acting with Hurrah Players by the age of 8, and picked up violin when she was just 10 years old. At 11 D’Andrea discovered her love of Opera when she heard her first aria: “o mio babbino caro” while attending a strings competition at James Madison University. D’Andrea became immersed in Puccini operas thereafter, and knew she wanted to be an opera singer by high school.
In 2006 D’Andrea went on to major in vocal performance at The University of Central Florida, winning 1st place at the NATS regional Student Adjudications during her first semester.