Lyric coloratura mezzo-soprano Megan Moore is quickly garnering attention as an artist of versatility and depth in the repertoire of Rossini, Handel, and Mozart. The Observer noted, "Megan Moore as Dorabella poured out rich, buttery mezzo tone, a genuinely beautiful voice" for her performances in Così fan tutte.
During the 2023-24 season, mezzo-soprano Megan Moore makes her Seattle Opera debut singing Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia led by Valentina Peleggi; reprises her portrayal of Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, with Yves Abel on the podium, in a return to San Diego Opera; and returns to Opera Theater of Saint Louis debuting the role of Sesto in Handel's Julius Caesar led by Daniela Candillari and Elkhanah Pulitzer. Additional highlights include joining the Santa Fe Opera for an evening at the Guggenheim Museum for "Works & Process" presenting excerpts from Gregory Spears' The Righteous, and touring with Les Musiciens du Louvre in France and Spain in performances of Die Fledermaus covering the role of Orlofsky with conductor Marc Minkowski. Concert appearances include joining conductor Jean-Marie Zeitouni and The Orchestra Now to perform the Berlioz song cycle Les Nuits d'été at the Fisher Center at Bard; singing exerpts from Rossini's La Cenerentola with tenor David Portillo and the Reno Chamber Orchestra; as well as an evening with Steven Blier and the New York Festival of Song in Merkin Hall. She will make recital appearances with pianist Francesco Barfoed in Virginia, New York, and at the Boulanger International Voice-Piano Competition in Paris; as well as with Brian Zeger in an evening of song celebrating Rachmaninoff's 150th birthday with the Clarion Music Society in New York City.
In the 2022-23 season, Ms. Moore returned to the Metropolitan Opera to cover the role of Blanche de la Force in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites with conductor Bertrand de Billy in the John Dexter production; joined Opera Philadelphia covering both roles of Desdemona and Emilia in Rossini's Otello with a cast that included Lawrence Brownlee under the baton of Corrado Rovaris;
participated in Plácido Domingo's world-famous singing competition Operalia in Riga, Latvia; debuted with the Seattle Symphony singing the roles of Little Prince and Princess Miaoyin in performances of Tan Dun’s Buddha Passion with the composer on the podium, with additional performances at Teatro Comunale (Modena, Italy) and Emirates Palace (Abu Dhabi, UAE); made a house and role debut with San Diego Opera singing La Zelatrice in Suor Angelica and La Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi; performed the title role in Gluck's Orfeo with Orchestra of the Triangle; created the role of Sheila in a workshop of The Righteous, composed by Gregory Spears and libretto by Tracy K. Smith, for the Santa Fe Opera; and returned to the role of Dorabella in Così fan tutte for her company debut at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. She made recital appearances in Baltimore and New York City, in addition to a tour of several cities in Iowa. Ms. Moore teamed up with pianist Francesco Barfoed to perform at St. Paul & St. Andrew United Methodist Church as part of the Carnegie Hall Citywide series. Concert engagements included appearances at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall for Bach's cantata Schau, lieber Gott, wie meine Feind, and the Gaillard Center in December for the Charleston Symphony's annual Holiday Pops! concert.
The previous season, Ms. Moore joined Harry Bicket to record Handel’s La Lucretia and Il delirio amoroso with The English Concert; made her Metropolitan Opera debut in Brett Dean’s Hamlet under the baton of Nicholas Carter and participated in the Guggenheim Museum's Works & Process with the creative team as well as cast members of the opera; made her role debut as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni at the Berkshire Opera Festival; premiered a piece by Jessica Meyer at Shriver Hall with violist Jordan Bak; performed the role of Claire in Bernstein's On the Town with Opera Naples; covered the role of Dorabella in Così fan tutte with the San Diego Opera; and joined the Santa Fe Opera to workshop The Righteous, a new work composed by Gregory Spears with libretto by Tracy K. Smith which will debut in the company's 2024 season. In recital, she took the stage in New York, Washington, D.C, and Birmingham. Ms. Moore also made a special appearance with the Borromeo String Quartet to sing Handel arias from Hercules and Alcina in Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall.
In July 2021, Ms. Moore made her Santa Fe Opera debut creating the role of Ino in the world premiere of The Lord of Cries composed by John Corigliano with libretto by Mark Adamo. Additional highlights of the 2020-21 season included singing the role of Medea in Handel’s Teseo conducted by Gary Wedow and directed by Stephen Wadsworth with Juilliard 415 as well as participating in Carnegie Hall’s SongStudio with Renée Fleming in partnership with her frequent collaborator, pianist Francesco Barfoed.
Additional opera roles include Costanza in Haydn's L'isola disabitata with Opera Naples under the baton of Ramón Tebar; Doraballa in Così fan tutte at Juilliard conducted by Nimrod David Pfeffer and directed by David Paul; Nicklausse in a new Jennifer Williams production of Les Contes
d'Hoffmann led by Caren Levine at the Miami Music Festival; and Arsamene in historically-staged production of Handel’s Serse with Haymarket Opera Company. Other favorite operatic roles of Ms. Moore include the title role in Massenet's Cendrillon, Angelina in La Cenerentola, Blanche de la Force in Dialogues des Carmélites, and Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia. Ms. Moore has also performed a concert of Purcell and Handel excerpts with the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra.
Recent awards include first prize at George London Foundation Competition, Young Concert Artists International Auditions, the Jensen Foundation Vocal Competition, Zenith Opera Competition, National Society of Arts & Letters Voice Award, and the Copenhagen Lied Duo Competition (with Francesco Barfoed). She has also taken top honors from the Naumburg Foundation International Vocal Competition in Concert Repertoire, the Gerda Lissner Lieder & Song Competition, and the James Toland Vocal Arts Competition.
Ms. Moore is co-founder of Lynx Project, which amplifies diverse voices through new song commissions, inclusive concerts, and educational programming. Since its founding five years ago, Lynx Project has commissioned over four hours of new music through its Amplify Series, which sets texts by youth with non-verbal autism.
A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Ms. Moore received her training at Miami University, Eastman School of Music, Internationale Meistersinger Akademie, Santa Fe Opera and The Juilliard School.