Grammy award winning soprano Audrey Luna, who Opera News says “has power and a blazing coloratura facility that most lyric sopranos can only dream of,” continues to be one of the opera world’s most exciting artists. In her triumphant performance of Ariel in The Tempest at The Metropolitan Opera, The New York Times said: “Mr. Adès’s Ariel is a dazzling creation, and Ms. Luna conquers the role.” Her performance as Ariel in this production of The Tempest is available on DVD with Deutsche Grammphon; the DVD was awarded a French Diapason d’Or, and the 2013 Grammy Award for “Best Opera Recording.”
This season includes the world premiere of Thomas Adès’ new opera The Exterminating Angel with the creation of the role of Leticia, marking her debut at the Salzburg Festival. She will also make debuts with Houston Grand Opera as Madame Mao in Nixon in China, the Colorado Symphony in Carmina Burana and with the Seattle Symphony in Requiem by Ligeti. Ms. Luna joins Sir Simon Rattle for performances of Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre marking her debut with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Berliner Philharmoniker. A new collaboration with composer Peter Eötvös and the Calder Quartet of his new work, The Sirens cycle will go on tour to Zürich, Madrid, Frankfurt, Paris and the Donaueschingen Festival. Ms. Luna will also record the work to be released on CD in 2017. She will reprise the role of Leticia in Thomas Adès’ The Exterminating Angel next season with the Royal Opera House – Covent Garden.
Last season included a return to the Metropolitan Opera as Olympia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, and also with Den Norske Opera; Carmina Burana with Minnesota Orchestra, and her debut with Teatro la Fenice as Queen on the Night in Die Zauberflöte and with Wiener Staatsoper as Ariel in The Tempest.
Season 2013-14 engagements included her return to the Metropolitan Opera as Fiakermilli in Strauss’ Arabella and the Pittsburgh Opera as the Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte, and debuts with Opéra de Montréal in the title role of Lakmé, San Francisco Symphony as Ariel in Scenes from The Tempest, with Virginia Opera as Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos, as soloist with The Williamsburg Symphonia in an Opera Gala Concert and Madame Mao in Adams’ Nixon in China with Ireland’s Wide Open Opera.
In season 2012-13 Ms. Luna returned to the Metropolitan Opera to sing Ariel in its production of The Tempest, Zerbinetta in her debut with Fort Worth Opera, the Queen of the Night with Utah Opera, La Santa Muerte in Sosa’s Regina with American Lyric Theater, and returned to the National Philharmonic as soloist in Carmina Burana.
In season 2011-12 she joined the roster of Lyric Opera of Chicago for its production of Ariadne auf Naxos, and made her debut with that company as the Queen of the Night. She also sang Ariel in Thomas Adès’ The Tempest with Orchestra Dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and with Festival Opéra de Québec both conducted by the composer; as Madame Mao with Lyric Opera of Kansas City; as the Queen of the Night with Teatro dell’Opera di Roma; as soloist in George Crumb’s Star Child with the American Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall; as Gretel with Intermountain Opera Festival; and as soloist in Amy Beach’s Grand Mass in E-flat Major and Debussy’s Martyrdom of St. Sebastien both with the National Philharmonic.
In the 2010-11 season she made her debut with the Metropolitan Opera as the Queen of the Night and returned to sing Najade. She also sang the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor with Opera Naples; Venus in Le Grand Macabre with New York Philharmonic conducted Alan Gilbert; as soloist with Los Angeles Philharmonic in Unsuk Chin’s Cantatrix Sopranica; as soloist in Messiah with National Philharmonic; as soloist in Mozart’s Mass in C Minor with Valdosta Symphony Orchestra; as Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Opera Memphis and Mississippi Opera; and the Queen of the Night with Spoleto Festival USA and with Cincinnati Opera.
Other highlights include the Queen of the Night with Santa Fe Opera, Pittsburgh Opera and Opera Ontario; Zerbinetta with Tanglewood Music Festival; Cunegonde with Toledo Opera; Gilda in Rigoletto with San Antonio Opera; Rosina with Portland SummerFest and Gretel with Syracuse Opera; Blondchen, Juliette and Anne in Sondheim’s A Little Night Music all with Hawaii Opera Theatre; The Controller in Jonathan Dove’s Flight, Adina in L’elisir d’amore, Giulietta in I Capuleti e i Montecchi, and Erisbe in Cavalli’s Ormindo all with Pittsburgh Opera as a resident artist; the Accuser in Bright Sheng’s world premiere of Madame Mao as an apprentice artist with Santa Fe Opera; and Amor in Orfeo ed Euridice with Bel Canto Northwest Festival. With the National Philharmonic she has sung as soloist in Brahms’ Requiem, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Makris’ Symphony for Soprano and Strings, and Vivaldi’s Gloria. She also appeared in recital, making her European debut, at the Bach to Bartók Festival in Imola, Italy.
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