Beena David has spent her lifetime challenging the boundaries of her cultural upbringing to become one of the first Indian-Americans to pursue a professional career as a classical vocalist. She began her career with small roles in the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs productions of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas and Prokofiev's The Love for Three Oranges. She then went on to perform as a Young Artist with La Musica Lirica in Italy. It was there she discovered her passion for concert and oratorio work as the soloist for Dvořák’s Mass in D Major with the Coro Filarmonico di Pesaro. Since then, she has performed as a soloist in Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass with the Harper Festival Orchestra and Chorus, and Mozart's Requiem with both the Lakeview Orchestra and the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, and Handel's Messiah with the Fox Valley Philharmonic. In the Spring of 2015, Beena was also chosen as the mezzo-soprano cover for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Mozart's Requiem.
In addition to concert engagements, operatic roles include Bianca in Britten’s Rape of Lucretia with the Vox3 Collective, and Martha in Coleridge-Taylor’s Dream Lovers with South Shore Opera. Upcoming performances include a song and dance (Bharatanatyam) recital for the Muzeum w Chrzanów, Poland in July 2016 and mezzo soloist in Reger's Requiem with the Zuid Nederlands Concertkoor. in November 2016.
Her vocal accomplishments also include Grammy Award-winning ensemble work with the Chicago Symphony Chorus, and several seasons with the Grant Park Music Festival, singing under Riccardo Muti, Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, Bernard Haitink, Helmuth Rilling, Karlos Kalmar, Charles Dutoit, Michael Tilson Thomas, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Leonard Slatkin, Thierry Fischer, Valery Gergiev, Sir Andrew Davis, and Bernard Labadie.
Beena has been bestowed the honor of singing the American and Canadian National Anthems by the Chicago Bulls for over 10 seasons – including the 2015 NBA Playoffs, and also by the Chicago Bears, Chicago White Sox, and the 1st National Gathering of Native American Veterans.
Beena holds a Master’s degree in Vocal Performance from the Music Conservatory of Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts and has studied under Tracy Watson, Julia Faulkner, Jane Bunnell, and Giulio Favario. More information about Beena and her other talents can be found by clicking here.
In July 2016, Beena will be performing a song and dance (Bharatanatyam) recital for the Muzeum w Chrzanów, Poland.