A graduate of the Mannes College of Music, soprano Nell Snaidas began her professional career at sixteen as a soloist in a statewide tour of the New Jersey Opera Theater. She then sang leading roles with Repertorio Español, New York’s renowned zarzuela company, and she also starred in the Thalía Spanish Theater’s production of Francisco Alonso’s Las Leandras at the International Zarzuela Festival at the Chamizal in El Paso. She has sung with early-music, ensembles including ARTEK, the New York Ensemble for Early Music, and Ex Umbris. In 2001, she was featured in an evening of Yiddish divas at Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park, and in 2002, at New York’s Folksbiene, she sang in an evening of Yiddish operetta by Abraham Goldfaden. In addition to performing, Snaidas is co-artistic director of GEMAS: Early Music of the Americas, a concert series in New York City dedicated to the genre, featuring works and artists from Latin America and Canada.