Neema Bickersteth was born and raised in Alberta to a family from Sierra Leone, and is now based in Toronto. Bickersteth is a Canadian soprano known for her skills as a singer, an actor and a maker of multi-disciplinary performance. She has performed many operatic roles in both Canada and Europe, including Pamina from Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, the title role of Léhar’s The Merry Widow and the soprano lead in Dark Star Requiem for the Luminato Festival and Tapestry New Opera. Outside of opera, Neema has been honoured to perform for the XIVth Dalai Lama, Shirin Ebadi and the Archbishop Desmond Tutu. She has received both Bachelor and Master of Music degrees (Opera) from the University of British Columbia and has been nominated for two Dora Mavor Moore awards for Outstanding Performance in Musical Theatre.