Mezzo-soprano Megan Moore, currently completing her Artist Diploma at The Juilliard School, is making waves as a young artist of versatility and depth. Fresh off a Third Prize win 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).
Her signature vocal agility also shines in baroque music. Her 2018-2019 season began with singing the trouser role of Arsamene in Haymarket Opera Company's historically-staged production of Serse. Other season highlights included singing the leading role of Costanza in Haydn's L'isola disabitata with Opera Naples under the baton of Ramon Tebar, and a concert with baritone Steven LaBrie for the St. Hugh-Steinway Concert Series in Miami, FL. In July she attended the Internationale Meistersinger Akademie where she performed with the Nürnberg Symphony and on Bavarian Radio Franken.
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 and attractive mezzo timbre for a 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 is establishing herself as a formidable force on the competition circuit both at home and abroad. In addition to Third Prize at Gerda Lissner in 2019, in 2018 she was a finalist in the Kosciuzko Foundation's Marcella Sembrich International Voice Competition, and also took both third 3rd place and the Rachmaninoff Award at the Talents of the World, Inc. Vocal Competition. In 2017 she was a Metropolitan Opera National Council District Winner and a Grand Finalist in the Marcello Giordani International Vocal Competition.
She has sung on many masterclasses for acclaimed artists such as Barbara Bonney, Jake Heggie, Graham Johnson, Lori Laitman, and Sherill Milnes. A lover of art song and new music, last season Megan appeared as soloist with the Charleston Pops, and premiered songs commissioned by Lynx Project with texts written by children with autism.
Megan currently studies with Edith Wiens. She is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music where she studied with acclaimed soprano and teacher Carol Webber. While at Eastman she won the school's Concerto Competition and sang Berlioz' Les Nuits d'été with the Eastman School Symphony Orchestra in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theater. Megan received her Bachelor of Music degree from Miami University where she studied with Alison Acord and coached with Christina Haan, and was chosen from among her peers to be the Presser Foundation Scholarship recipient for the class of 2012. Megan has studied closely with Manny Perez, Anthony Manoli, Gina Lapinski, Miriam Leskis, and Christina Haan.