Raved as having the “loveliest of voices” (Bachtrack), Janani Sridhar made headlines as the first ever Singaporean to win the first prize in her age category at the 58th Llangollen International Musical Eistedfodd. The competition, commonly billed as "The Musical Olympics" is held in Wales and had her competing against over 6,000 other global competitors.
Dr. Sridhar was the first singer to have received the HSBC Youth Excellence Award. Her concert, Janani @ Esplanade, raised over $150,000 for the President's Star Charity. In her native country, Dr. Sridhar has performed several times with the Singapore Lyric Opera, and had the honor of singing the national anthem, "Majulah Singapura" at the internationally broadcast, inaugural Formula One Grand Prix night race which was held in Singapore.
Well versed in concert repertoire, Dr. Sridhar has performed in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Mahler’s Symphony No.8, Bach's Cantata No. 140, and Rutter's Gloria. Additionally, she has also collaborated with several orchestras internationally, including the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Chinese Orchestra, Orchestra of the Music Makers, and Des Moines Metro Opera Festival Orchestra.
At home in opera, Dr. Sridhar has performed various operatic roles with renowned companies including Singapore Lyric Opera, Salt Marsh Opera, and Des Moines Metro Opera. Some of Dr. Sridhar's operatic roles include: Micaëla (Carmen), Alice (Falstaff), Rusalka (Rusalka), Nella (Gianni Schicchi), Lucia (The Rape of Lucretia), Musetta (La Boheme), Adina (L’Elisir d’Amore), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Violetta (La Traviata), La Bergère and La Chatte (L'enfant et les Sortilèges), Mrs. Sem (Noye’s Fludde), Clorinda (Cendrillon), and Antonia (Les contes d’Hoffmann). Dr. Sridhar's upcoming engagements include: Ortlinde in Die Walküre, Sally in Die Fledermaus, Anna Maurant in Street Scene, and Manager in the world premiere of Yeltsin in Texas by Evan Mack and Josh Macguire.
As a passionate proponent of contemporary music, Dr. Sridhar has premiered “this is us” and Moments Near New York by composer Julien Touafek, and the role of the soprano in A Child’s Requiem by Steven Sametz. She was also selected to be a part of Fort Worth Opera's Frontiers festival which showcases new operatic works.
Some of Dr. Sridhar’s competition credits include, the Bel Canto Award in the Orpheus Vocal Competition, Regional Finalist Award in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, District Winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, 3rd place in the Five Towns Music and Arts Foundation Vocal Competition, 3rd place in New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera Competition, 1st place in University of Connecticut Concerto Competition, Amy Jane Cohen Encouragement Award in Opera Connecticut's Vocal Competition , 3rd place in the National Opera Association Vocal Competition, Young Artist Award in the Harold Haugh Competition, 1st place in the Youth Asian Music Competition, Gold with Distinction in the Youth Asian Music Competition, 1st place in the 58th International Llangollen Musical Eistedfodd, and 1st place in the Young Singer of the Year Awards.
Dr. Sridhar is an alumna of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Manhattan School of Music, and Stony Brook University.
During her free time, Dr. Sridhar enjoys baking, reading, and ballroom dancing.