Raised in a multicultural neighborhood in Toronto, Canadian soprano Linda Tsatsanis had the privilege of growing up with families from all over the world - immersed in their languages, cuisines, cultures, and art filled her young mind with endless creativity. A child of immigrant parents herself, a Slovenian mother who was born in a refuge camp in Austria as they were fleeing communism and a father born in Antartiko (a small village in northwest Greece), she grew up listening to traditional folk music of her heritage. A rebel by nature, she went “musically rogue” by flinging herself into the world of western classical music as a teenager. Throughout this shift of musical identity, her early multicultural influences were held close to her heart shaping the way she performs, proving that music truly is the universal language.
After a Master’s degree in historical performance at Indiana University, she chose to stay in the United States (immigration must be in her genes). Staying close to the border, she started her career in Seattle - calling it home with her husband, cellist Nathan Whittaker, and sweet dog Ziggie for over a decade. After many fruitful years in the Pacific Northwest, they decided it was time to move closer to family and made New York City their home at the end of 2019. Minus a global pandemic and having to say goodbye to dear Ziggie, life has been absolutely exhilarating based on the east coast. During this past season, Linda has experienced the most varied year of her career - along with the stalwarts of Bach, Handel, and Mozart, this season has also included performing Hailstork’s Done Made My Vow with the New York Philharmonic Chorus, various world premieres including Voices of the Holocaust by Michael Shapiro, and a choral cover of Rihanna.
Julep, a rescue mutt from Kentucky, who loves searching for any bits of food on the street, makes this dream life complete.