Korean American soprano Corissa Bussian returns to Minnesota Opera this season making her principal role debut. She has regularly performed in the MN Opera chorus since 2012, having performed in multiple productions as well as New Works Initiative workshops, including singing Mrs. Massey in The Shining workshop. Recent highlights include Mimì in Theater Latté Da’s La Bohème and Pamina in The Magic Flute with Mixed Precipitation’s Pick Up Truck Opera. Other credits include performances with local companies such as Skylark Opera Theatre (Besse, La Rondine), An Opera Theatre (Found Again, The Consul), OOPS MN (Spotlight 1.0 recital), and Theater Mu (A Little Night Music, The Mikado).
Corissa was the recipient of Opera Reading Project’s 2021-2022 IDEA Singer Fellowship where she sang Pamina in Die Zauberflöte. She has trained with The Wesley Balk Opera/Music-Theater Institute, The Janiec Opera Company at The Brevard Music Center Institute & Festival, and The Lyric Opera Studio of Weimar in Germany, where she performed the roles Susanna and Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro and Despina in Così fan tutte. Corissa is a graduate of DePaul University with a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance and holds a Masters of Music in vocal performance and opera studies from The Shepherd School of Music, Rice University.
Originally from the Milwaukee area, Corissa balances performing with teaching private voice lessons and educational outreach. Things that bring her joy are baking, running, yoga, martial arts, crossword and jigsaw puzzles, and adventures around her Macalester-Groveland neighborhood with her husband and their two young sons.