Erin Morley and Gerald Martin Moore

ERIN MORLEY, soprano


MONDAY, MAY 13, 2024

7:30 PM at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

American lyric coloratura soprano Erin Morley is one of the most in-demand artists of her generation at venues worldwide, a favorite of top-notch international conductors and audiences alike on two continents. Recent past highlights include the title character in the critically acclaimed Metropolitan Opera premiere of Matthew Aucoin’s Eurydice, Pamina in the Met’s new production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute, the first commercial recording of Giacomo Meyerbeer’s rarely performed Robert le Diable led by Marc Minkowski and her Washington Concert Opera debut last spring as the title character in Delibes’ Lakmé.

Program to include the world premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon’s Huit Chansons De Fleurs, and pieces by Camille Saint-Saëns, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Sergei Rachmaninov, Alban Berg, Alexander Zemlinsky, and Sir Arthur Sullivan.

Artist Bios

One of today’s most sought-after lyric coloratura sopranos, ERIN MORLEY has been praised for the “silken clarity of her voice and the needlepoint precision of her coloratura” (New York Times). A recipient of the Beverly Sills Award and a graduate of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program her performances have garnered huge critical acclaim worldwide and she regularly appears on the greatest opera stages such as Wiener Staatsoper, Bayerische Staatsoper, Opéra National de Paris, Glyndebourne Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Los Angeles Opera and of course, Metropolitan Opera where she has now sung more than 100 performances and has been featured in five “Live in HD” broadcasts.

In the 2022/23 season, Morley makes a double appearance at the Metropolitan Opera as Sophie in Robert Carson’s production of Der Rosenkavalier and Pamina in a new production of Die Zauberflöte conducted by Nathalie Stutzmann; and at Wiener Staatsoper as Gilda Rigoletto and Pamina Die Zauberflöte. Engagements on the concert platform include Morgana in a tour of Alcina with Les Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble conducted by Marc Minkowski; Poulenc Gloria with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Lorenzo Viotti and Beethoven Missa Solemnis with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Riccardo Muti.

Highlights of the previous season included her debut in the title role in Matthew Aucoin’s Eurydice which premiered at the Metropolitan Opera; her Teatro alla Scala debut with one of her signature roles, Zerbinetta Ariadne auf Naxos; a role and company debut as Isabelle Robert le Diable under the baton of Marc Minkowski at the Opéra National de Bordeaux, which was recently released as an audio recording by Palazzetto BruZane; her debut at Staatsoper Berlin as Gilda Rigoletto, which she also performed at the Metropolitan Opera; a critically acclaimed debut in one of the most iconic coloratura roles, Lakmé with Washington Concert Opera; and a return to Glyndebourne Festival with another new role: Norina Don Pasquale.


An internationally renowned voice and opera pedagogue, GERALD MARTIN MOORE has worked as a vocal consultant for major opera productions at the Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Edinburgh International Festival, La Scala, Opéra National de Paris, and Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, and with such acclaimed performers as Renée Fleming, Erin Morley, Sabine Devieilhe, Natalie Dessay, Dame Sarah Connolly, Magdalena Kožená, Elīna Garanča, Isabel Leonard, and Javier Camarena.

Moore is the director of the Yale Opera and coordinator of vocal studies at the Yale School of Music. He has served as artistic associate of Carnegie Hall’s SongStudio program led by celebrated soprano Renée Fleming. Moore has given master classes at the Merola Opera Program, Los Angeles Opera Young Artist Program, and Washington National Opera. He has taught at the Ravinia Festival’s Steans Music Institute, Music Academy of the West, the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center, Opéra de Montréal’s Atelier lyrique, the Glyndebourne Festival, Curtis Institute of Music, and the Santa Fe Opera’s Apprentice Program for Singers. He has also worked as a collaborative artist for opera, film, and television productions and is a frequent recitalist, most notably with Renée Fleming.

Moore studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and at the National Opera Studio in London.

These performances are external rentals presented in coordination with the Kennedy Center
Campus Rentals Office and are not produced by the Kennedy Center.

“Morley fulfilled all the requirements with her silky timbre, pinpoint accuracy, superhuman breath control and, the crowning touch, a depth of musicality that ennobled her portrayal.”

Tim Smith, Opera News

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