Xela Pinkerton, Soprano, sang the role of Nella in Gianni Schicchi with Opera Experience Southeast in June 2013. She graduated from Converse College Petrie School of Music with a Bachelors of Music Degree and a Masters of Music Degree in Vocal Performance. Xela toured with Opera Carolina's Opera Express program and appeared as the Second Lady and Papagena in their production of The Magic Flute. She was a Young artist Competition winner and a first place winner in category at NATS, SC. In October 2013 she will sing the role of High Priestess in Opera Carolina's production of Aida.