Biography

Tatiana Bookbinder received her Master's of Music in Vocal Performance from Notre Dame de Namur University (NDNU) and a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Music from California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) where she studied classical voice with Janet Smith and Dr. Rob Istad. 
Born and raised in San Francisco, Tatiana began playing piano at the age of seven and the alto saxophone at age ten. At this same time, she began dancing, taking jazz, tap and acrobatics classes and performing in numerous musicals such as Annie, Babes in Toyland, The Wizard of Oz and Peter Pan. Tatiana attended the San Francisco School of the Arts High School as a music major, performing with the wind ensemble and various jazz bands, and performed with Carlos Santana and his band at venues such as Slim's and the Fillmore.

 


While at CSUF, Tatiana sang with the University Singers Choir under the direction of Dr. Rob Istad in the Los Angeles/Orange County area. She continued her studies of jazz, tap, ballet, and modern dance at CSUF. Tatiana regularly appeared in many dance groups, performing Flamenco with Ricardo Chavez and Ballet Folklorico with Rosa Garcia. In the summer of 2008, she toured several states in Mexico with the group Alma de Mexico Ballet Folklorico, performing Flamenco dances in addition to Ballet Folklorico dances with the troupe.
  While getting her Master's degree at NDNU, she gave an all-Gershwin lecture recital at the historic Ralston Hall Mansion, performing in an original 1920's dress once owned by Leonore Gershwin. Tatiana attended the Musical Theater Conservatory program that same summer and performed in I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. At NDNU, she studied voice with Debra Lambert and Louise Costigan-Kerns; piano with Daniel Glover; composition with Henry Mollicone; and also worked with William Liberatore, Marc Jacobs, and Wesla Whitfield. Tatiana currently studies voice with Marcelle Dronkers and piano with Daniel Glover.

 

In New York City, Tatiana performed in the chorus of The Barber of Seville, and performed as Manon in La Traviata with Amore Opera. Tatiana made her Gilbert and Sullivan debut in the chorus of Yeoman of the Guard for Utopia Unlimitied, and later debuted as Cousin Hebe in Amore Opera's production of H.M.S. Pinafore. She worked as the soundboard engineer for the Marvel Rep Theater production of Threepenny Opera, which was nominated for a 2012 Drama Desk award for Outstanding Musical Revival. She performed a solo set on alto saxophone with the Estrogenius Festival, in November 2012 at the Barrow Group Theatre, and performed in a production of La Boheme with Amore Opera in January 2012. 

 

In the summer of 2016, Tatiana was the understudy for the role of the Countess in the San Francisco Opera production of Don Carlo. She starred as Idia Legray in the San Francisco Opera production of Andrea Chenier, which opened the 94th season on September 9, 2016.

 

She recently began her first foray into behind-the-scenes work, and is the Assistant Director for Island City Opera production of Don Pasquale, which will open Friday, January 20, 2017 and runs through January 29, 2017.