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Erin Morley (Soprano)

Born: October 11, 1980 - Salt Like City, Utah, USA

The American soprano, Erin Morley, earned her master of music degree from the Juilliard School of Music in New York, and her bachelor of music degree from the Eastman School of Music. She completed her Artist Diploma at the Juilliard Opera Center (studying voice with Edith Bers) in May 2007, a recipient of the Florence & Paul DeRosa Prize. She won first prize at the Jessie Kneisel Lieder Competition in 2002, and first prize at the Licia Albanese-Puccini Competition in 2006.

At Juilliard, Erin Morley has sung the Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute, and Tytania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Other roles at Juilliard include Adele in Die Fledermaus, the Fire and Nightingale in Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges, and Nella in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi. She was selected as one of six young singers to participate in Juilliard’s Vocal Honors Recital in 2005, and performed George Frideric Handel in the 2006 all-baroque Jerome L. Greene concert. In April 2007, she sang Sandrina in La finta giardiniera with the Juilliard Opera Center. She made her debut with New York City Opera in 2006 as Giannetta in L’Elisir d’amore. She performed as Sophie in the Trio and Finale from Der Rosenkavalier in a Gala Benefit Concert of Fall 2006. Also an alumna of Wolf Trap Opera Company, she debuted the role of Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos there in 2008. She sang Laoula in Chabrier’s L’Étoile, and Frasquita with Wolf Trap as well. Recent engagements include Laoula in Chabrier’s L´Étoile and Papagena in The Magic Flute with Wolf Trap Opera Company, and Phoebé in Castor et Pollux with L’Opéra Français de New York.

Erin Morley is a member of the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program since 2007-2008 season. She is one of today's most promising coloratura sopranos. Most recently, her Marguerite de Valois in Les Huguenots at the Bard Festival was described by the New York Times as a “formidable performance”. Erin Morley’s roles at the Metropolitan Opera have included the 2nd Niece in Peter Grimes, Masha in The Queen of Spades, and Frasquita in Carmen in the company’s 125th Anniversary Gala. In their 2009-2010 season she sings Echo in Ariadne auf Naxos, the Dew Fairy in Hansel and Gretel, and the Daughter in The Nose.

Performing in venues such as Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall, Erin Morley has been featured soloist with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Utah Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, and Mormon Tabernacle Choir and has also appeared in concert in Shanghai. She was soprano soloist for a moving performance of Mozart’s Requiem taking place at Carnegie Hall on the fifth anniversary of 9/11, in which the community was invited to also sing as choristers. Notable concert engagements in 2009-2010 season include the soprano solos in Felix Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Bernard Haitink and a Gala Concert with The Collegiate Chorale at Carnegie Hall.

Source: Wigmore Hall Song Competition (2009); Julliard News (February 2007); CAMI Website (Bio & Photo 02]
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (April 2010)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Judith Clurman


BWV 176

Lionel Party


BWV 51

Links to other Sites

Erin Morley (Official Website)
Erin Morley - Soprano (CAMI)
Wigmore Hall Song Competition 2009: Erin Morley

Sopranos Erin Morley and Brenda Rae perform works by Krenek, Rossini, Rachmaninoff, R. Strauss, Debussy, and Prokofiev on Tuesday, March 27 at 8 pm in duo recital at Alice Tully Hall (Juilliard News) [PDF]

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