Mezzo-soprano Megan Moore, currently completing her Artist Diploma at The Juilliard School, is making waves as a young artist of versatility and depth. A recent prize winner at the Gerda Lissner Lieder & Song Competition, Megan just completed a run of performances as Doraballa in Così fan tutte at Juilliard.
Acclaimed for her Rossini interpretations, "elegant vocal gymanistics," and "rapid-fire coloratura", Megan's favorite roles are Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and the title role in La Cenerentola. (click for video highlights). This summer she looks forward to being an Apprentice Artist at Santa Fe Opera, where she will cover Rosina in her fourth production of Barbiere in as many years. Next season she will reprise Angelina in La Cenerentola with Annapolis Opera.
Her signature vocal agility also shines in baroque music. She recently sang the trouser role of Arsamene in Haymarket Opera Company's historically-staged production of Serse, and performed Purcell and Handel excerpts in concert with the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra. Equally at home with a long bel canto line, last year Megan sang the leading role of Costanza in Haydn's L'isola disabitata with Opera Naples under the baton of Ramon Tebar.
Megan is recognized for her fiery stage presence and compelling acting ability. Of her recent performance as Dorabella, OperaWire praised her “undeniable sex appeal”, and “strength as an actress”. The Columbus Dispatch praised her 2016 professional debut as Rosina as "clever, honest, and charming". Her 2017 appearance as Nicklausse in Jennifer Williams' new production of Les Contes d'Hoffmann, conducted by Caren Levine at Miami Music Festival, earned her praise from South Florida Classical Review for her "theatrical spark, attractive mezzo timbre, and winning characterization." An audience favorite, “her arias were stylishly delivered… and drew laughter and applause.”
As Berta at Indianapolis Opera, Photo by Denis Ryan Kelly Jr.
Other favorite operatic roles of Megan's include the title role in Massenet's Cinderella, Hansel in Hansel & Gretel and Blanche de la Force in Dialogues of the Carmelites.
Megan couples her passion for performing art song and new music with her work in arts advocacy and community engagement. In 2015 she co-founded Lynx Project, an art song initiative based in Cincinnati and Chicago whose mission is to build community through innovative song programming and educational initiatives, and to provide a platform for every voice to be heard. Since 2017, Lynx Project’s Autism Advocacy Series has commissioned over three hours of new art song with texts by children with non-verbal autism. The series continues to grow thanks to both local and national grant support. For her advocacy and community efforts Megan has earned recognition and awards both in her hometown of Cincinnati and from her alma mater Miami University.
Megan is a student of Manny Perez. She has also studied with Edith Wiens, Carol Webber, and Alison Acord, and in addition to Juilliard has trained at the Internationale Meistersinger Akademie, Eastman School of Music, and Miami University.