SOUTH FLORIDA CLASSICAL REVIEW
"...theatrical spark & attractive mezzo timbre..."
Mezzo-soprano Megan Moore, currently completing her Artist Diploma at The Juilliard School, is quickly making waves as a young artist of versatility and depth. An award-winning opera and concert singer, she recently won first prize at both the Young Concert Artists International Auditions and the Jensen Foundation Vocal Competition. She has also taken home top awards from the Naumburg Foundation International Vocal Competition and the Gerda Lissner Lieder & Art Song Competition. Megan just participated in Carnegie Hall’s SongStudio with Renée Fleming in partnership with her frequent collaborator Francesco Barfoed. In summer 2021, she creates the role of Ino in the world premiere of Corigliano and Adamo’s Lord of Cries at Santa Fe Opera.
Acclaimed for her Rossini interpretations, "elegant vocal gymnastics," and "rapid-fire coloratura", Megan's signature roles include Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and the title role in La Cenerentola. Thwarted by COVID-19 was her debut as an Apprentice Artist with Santa Fe Opera in what would have been her fourth production of Barbiere. She also looks forward to a postponed reprisal of the title role in La Cenerentola with Annapolis Opera. For her recent appearance as Doraballa in Così fan tutte at Juilliard, OperaWire praised her “undeniable sex appeal” and “strength as an actress”.
Megan's signature vocal agility also shines in baroque repertoire. She recently took on the tour-de-force role of Medea in Handel's Teseo for COVID-adapted film projects at Juilliard. In recent seasons she was seen in the trouser role of Arsamene in Haymarket Opera Company's historically-staged production of Serse, as well as in concert performing Purcell and Handel excerpts with the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra. Equally at home with a long bel canto line, last year she sang the leading role of Costanza in Haydn's L'isola disabitata with Opera Naples under the baton of Ramon Tebar.
A compelling actress, Megan was lauded as "clever, honest, and charming" by The Columbus Dispatch for her portrayal of Rosina during her professional debut in 2016. 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." Other favorite operatic roles of Megan's include the title role in Massenet's Cinderella and Blanche de la Force in Dialogues of the Carmelites.
"AN AUDIENCE FAVORITE,
her arias were stylishly delivered… and drew laughter and applause."
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, an art song initiative whose mission is to amplify diverse voices through newly commissioned song, and to link communities through inclusive concerts and educational programming.
Since 2017, LYNX’s Amplify Series has commissioned over four hours of new art song with texts by young people with non-verbal autism.
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 Elizabeth Bishop. She has also studied with Manny Perez, Edith Wiens, Carol Webber, and Alison Acord, and in addition to Juilliard she has trained at the Internationale Meistersinger Akademie, Eastman School of Music, and Miami University.