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Her voice is described by the San Francisco Chronicle as “anything but light and airy” and possessing “thrilling vocal heft and rippling dark undertones," soprano Linda Barnett had her professional debut with the role of Clotilde in Bellini’s Norma with Knoxville Opera in Tennessee. In 2013, Linda performed the role of Female Chorus in Benjamin Britton’s Rape of Lucretia with both the University of Tennessee Opera Program and the world-renowned Merola Opera Program. Linda was selected to be an Apprentice Artist for the prestigious Chautauqua Opera Institute for summer of 2014. She covered the role of Cio-Cio San in Puccini’s Madame Butterfly and sang the role of Mary in Douglas Moore’s The Ballad of Baby Doe. In 2015, Linda made her Carnegie Hall debut. Native of Tennessee and born into a musical family, Linda Barnett was encouraged to grow in her love of music from an early age. She received her Bachelors Degree in Music from East Tennessee State University and her Masters Degree in Music from University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Linda has been featured as Angelica in Puccini's Suor Angelica, Contessa Almaviva in Mozarts Le nozze di Figaro, Mimi in Puccinis La Boheme, soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah, as well as soprano soloist in Mendelssohns Elijah with the Arkansas Choral Society. She returned to Johnson City to teach at her Alma Mater in 2019.