Soprano AUDREY LUNA is fast emerging as one of the country’s brightest young artists. As a resident artist with the Pittsburgh Opera, Luna recently stepped in at the last minute for the entire run of Die Zauberflöte as The Queen of the Night to rave reviews.
In the 2010/11 season Luna makes her debut with the Metropolitan Opera as The Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte and returns later in the season to sing Najade in Ariadne auf Naxos. She also sings the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor with Opera Naples, Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Opera Memphis, appears as soloist in a return to the National Philharmonic to sing Messiah, and performs with the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra in Mozart’s Mass in C Minor. In the summer of 2010 she sang Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos at the Tanglewood Festival, and The Queen of the Night with Santa Fe Opera. She will sing Madame Mao in Nixon in China with Lyric Opera of Kansas City in the 2011/12 season.
Recent seasons include multiple returns to the National Philharmonic as soloist in Messiah, Brahms’ Requiem, Makris’ Symphony for Soprano and Strings, and Vivaldi’s Gloria, all under Stan Engebretson; Gilda in Rigoletto with San Antonio Opera; Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel with Syracuse Opera; soloist in Messiah with East Texas Symphony Orchestra; The Queen of the Night with Opera Hamilton and with El Paso Opera; Blondchen in The Abduction from the Seraglio in a return to Hawaii Opera Theatre; Cunegonde in Candide with Toledo Opera; as soloist in Carmina Burana with the National Philharmonic, also with the Sioux City Symphony; as soloist with the Marina del Rey Symphony in an opera gala concert; in Messiah for Highland Park United Methodist Church’s Tower Arts Series; and an evening of arias with the Marina del Rey Summer Symphony.
Other highlights include her return to Pittsburgh Opera as a resident artist in the role of The Controller in Jonathan Dove’s Flight and as Giulietta in I Capuleti e i Montecchi; Juliette in Roméo et Juliette and Anne in Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, both for Hawaii Opera Theatre; Queen of the Night with the Pittsburgh Opera, Emerald City Opera, and Ohio Northern University; the role of Erisbe in Cavalli’s Ormindo with Pittsburgh Opera and Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia with the Portland Opera Music Festival. She was a soloist with Capital University’s Conservatory of Music in Carmina Burana, and appeared in recital, making her European debut, at the Bach to Bartók Festival in Imola, Italy.
Luna’s other operatic credits include the role of Gilda with Aspen Opera Theater, Fido in Paul Bunyan with Opera Omaha, Adina in L’elisir d’amore and Belinda in Dido and Aeneas with the Bel Canto Northwest Festival, and Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance with The Pentacle Theater in Portland, Oregon. As an apprentice artist with Santa Fe Opera, Luna sang the role of Accuser in Bright Sheng’s world premiere of Madame Mao and also performed in Santa Fe Opera’s scenes program in such roles as Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos and Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor. With the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music she has sung Mélisande in Pelléas et Mélisande, and Mary Warren in The Crucible.
On the concert stage, Luna has performed as soloist in Carmina Burana and Fauré’s Requiem at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music; Mozart’s Requiem, Mozart’s C Minor Mass, and Bach’s Magnificat at the Saint Peter in Chains Cathedral in Cincinnati; and Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s Weinachts Oratorium with the Cincinnati Baroque Ensemble.
Audrey Luna is the 2009 winner of the Loren L. Zachary Vocal Competition and received the top prize awarded in the 2009 Renata Tebaldi International Voice Competition. She has also been awarded first place in the Altamura/Caruso International Voice Competition and the Eleanor Lieber Awards, an Encouragement Grant from the George London Foundation, and prizes from the José Iturbi International Voice Competition, Elardo International Opera Competition, the Irene Dalis International Voice Competition, the Marquerite McCammon Voice Competition, the Liederkranz Foundation, the Jensen Foundation, the Irma Cooper International Voice Competition, the Lee Schaenen Foundation, the Gerda Lissner Foundation, the Giulio Gari Foundation, the Licia Albanese - Puccini Foundation, and the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.