Vincent Grana (Simone) is 28 years old and is based in Los Angeles, CA. He has received his B. M. Magna Cum Laude in Music Education and an M.M. in Vocal Performance from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. At Rutgers, Mr. Grana has received many awards for academic and performing achievements including the Presser Foundation award and the Michael Fardink Memorial Award. He has also performed with the Castleton Festival under the baton of Maestro Lorin Maazel covering such roles as Alcindoro and Benoit in La Bohème, Simone in Gianni Schicchi, and Escamillo in a concert performance of Carmen. Mr. Grana has performed in the Crested Butte Music Festival’s production of L´elisir d’amore as Dulcamara and has worked with eminent artists such as Samuel Ramey. In 2013, Mr. Grana was named a Philadelphia District winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Most recently Mr. Grana has sung with Sarasota Opera as one of their apprentice artists for the final season of the Verdi Cycle. This year, Mr. Grana received an encouragement award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in the Los Angeles District. This coming spring, at Dayton Opera, Mr. Grana will be performing the role of Zuniga in their upcoming production of Bizet´s Carmen.