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ACTE II is a duo of accomplished and diverse artists who have combined their unique, individual talents and experiences. Sopranos Olanna Goudeau and Ashley Renée Watkins have come together to deliver powerful performances of American music and classical music. Ashley Renée and Olanna have enjoyed performing together for several years and officially formed ACTE II Music, LLC with the goal of becoming the world’s leading female classical duo. ACTE II recently made their National TV debut performing as contestants on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, where they received a standing ovation and 4 yeses from to move on to the next round.
Olanna and Ashley Renée have separately portrayed numerous operatic roles, thrilling audiences in both the U.S and abroad. Their most recent operatic appearance together was for an exhilarating production of Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus in which Ashley Renée appeared as Rosalinde and Olanna as Adele. Both ladies have also received high honors in national and international vocal competitions within the United States, Europe and South America.
The ladies of ACTE II are collectively in demand as recitalist and have each been featured on several concert series including the Black Liberated Arts Center, Inc. at the Oklahoma City Civic Center. The two of them were chosen to be young artist at Opera New Jersey out of hundreds of applicants and stood out among the performers. They have both been honored to be selected as young artists in several other prestigious programs.
Olanna and Ashley Renée are southern belles as natives of Port Arthur, TX and New Orleans, LA respectively. They are both proud Alums of Dillard University and The University of Oklahoma where they studied Vocal Performance.
Acte II came about after Olanna and Ashley Renée joined forces to raise funds, through concert work to travel to Europe for singing opportunities. The ladies, both in the second phases of their careers realized they could do so much more. As a result, the mission changed from funding an audition tour to creating new and exciting programming that would allow them to connect with people near and far.
Acte II is comprised of two talented, accomplished and diverse artists who have combined their unique, individual experiences to deliver one of a kind programs that will revitalize for some and ignite for others the love of classical music.