Teresa Perrotta, Soprano
Soprano Teresa Perrotta is a 2023 Grand Finals Winner of The Metropolitan Opera’s Eric and Dominique Laffont Competition and a first-year Cafritz Young Artist at Washington National Opera. In the 22/23 season, she made her Kennedy Center debut as Fünfte Magd in Elektra, followed by Musetta in La bohème. Additional debuts include Alice Ford in Falstaff with Maryland Lyric Opera, and Anna in Nabucco with Washington Concert Opera. In the summer of 2023, she returned to The Glimmerglass Festival to make her mainstage debut as Mimì in La bohème.
In summer 2021, Perrotta was a Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Artist, where she performed as Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream under the baton of Harry Bicket. She also performed scenes in concert as Nedda in I Pagliacci, Marguerite in Faust, and the title role in Susannah, as well as winning the Katharine Mayer Award. She returned to the Santa Fe Opera in 2022 as Alice Ford in Falstaff and covered Renée Fleming as Clarissa Vaughan in the world premiere of Kevin Puts’ new opera The Hours with the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Perrotta made her debut at Carnegie Hall in the winner’s concert in May 2022. She rang in the New Year as the soprano soloist with the Dayton Philharmonic in its New Year’s Eve: Return to Vienna concert. As an independent and self-funded project, she performed as Elle in La voix humaine.
In the 2019-2020 season, Perrotta made her international debut as Marie Antoinette in The Ghosts of Versailles at L’Opéra Royal de Versailles and was the soprano soloist in Carmina Burana with the Cincinnati Choral Society. An advocate for community engagement, she was the soprano soloist in the Lynx Project Autism Advocacy Series in Cincinnati, a collaboration with children with autism and artists to compose and create art songs.
Perrotta frequently collaborates with opera composers. Through Cincinnati Opera’s Opera Fusion: New Works, she has created leading roles in the workshops of Kevin Puts’ The Hours and Tobias Picker’s Awakenings. She performed a scene as Magda in The Consul with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at The Glimmerglass Festival in 2019, as well as covering Marie Antoinette in The Ghosts of Versailles.
Other roles include covering Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with Chautauqua Opera, performing Manja in Countess Maritza, and principal ensemble/dancer in productions of Anything Goes, Music Man, The Student Prince, and the North American Première of Gershwin’s Primrose with the Ohio Light Opera.
Perrotta received her Artist Diploma in operatic performance at The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where she also received her Master’s Degree. She received her undergraduate degree from the Eastman School of Music. During her studies, she performed the roles of Vitellia in La clemenza di Tito, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, Krystyna Zywulska in Jake Heggie’s Out of Darkness, and the Soprano 1 in Philip Glass’ Hydrogen Jukebox.
She was a finalist in the 2020 Lotte Lenya Competition, first-place winner of the Cincinnati SongSlam, third-place winner in the Butler International Opera Competition, second-place winner of the prestigious Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal competition, semifinalist in the Houston Grand Opera’s Concert of Arias, two-time regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and three-time winner of the Corbett Opera Competition.