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In the Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series: "Ms. Morley’s deliciously comical and vocally unassailable performance of Offenbach’s windup-doll aria was one of the highlights in a program that ranged from Mozart to Bernstein." Corinna de Fonseca-Wollheim, The New York Times, July 17, 2013
As Constance in "Dialogues des Carmélites" at the Metropolitan Opera: "Erin Morley was an ideal Soeur Constance, not just because of the dewiness of her leggiero soprano but because of the alertness of her musical response. The decisive attack that Morley brought to Constance's many upward leaps suggested the quickened heartbeat of extreme youth." Fred Cohn, Opera News, July 2013
As Marguerite de Valois in "Les Huguenots" at Bard Summerscape: “Queen Marguerite — a role sung by Joan Sutherland on a landmark 1969 recording, conducted by Richard Bonynge — was sung here by Erin Morley, a coloratura soprano who combined earthy sound and agile technique in a formidable performance.” Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times, August 3, 2009
Erin Morley is one of today's most promising lyric coloratura sopranos. Her breakthrough performance as Marguerite de Valois in Les Huguenots at Bard SummerScape was praised by the New York Times as “formidable".
Ms. Morley was recently hailed by critics as "a major success" when she stepped in last-minute to sing all performances of Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier at the Metropolitan Opera. In the remainder of the 2013-14 season, Ms. Morley will make company debuts at Opéra de Lille and Opéra de Dijon (Sandrina in La Finta Giardiniera), as well . . . as a company debut with Munich's Bavarian State Opera (Gilda in Rigoletto). The summer of 2014 will take Ms. Morley back to Santa Fe Opera for a double bill of Mozart's The Impresario (Madame Silberklang) and Stravinsky's Le Rossignol (title role). Future engagements include leading roles at the Metropolitan Opera, including Sophie in the new production of Der Rosenkavalier conducted by James Levine in 2016-17, and leading roles at the Opéra National de Paris and Wiener Staatsoper.
During the 2012-13 season, Ms. Morley sang her first Gilda at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofìa in Valencia. She also returned to her home company, the Metropolitan Opera, as Sister Constance in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites, and appeared in concert with the Houston Symphony as the Soprano Soloist in Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem with Hans Graf, and with the Philadelphia Orchestra as the Soprano Soloist in Carmina Burana with Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos. During the summer of 2013, Ms. Morley appeared in the Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series in Central Park and Brooklyn Bridge Park with Isabel Leonard, Stephen Costello, and Brad Moore.
In 2011-12, Ms. Morley appeared in the Metropolitan Opera's Grammy award-winning Lepage Ring Cycle: as Woglinde in Das Rheingold and Götterdämmerung, and as the Forest Bird in Siegfried. In the summer of 2012 Ms. Morley also returned to the Santa Fe Opera for Roxana in Szymanowski’s King Roger. She added two major works to her repertoire: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Utah Symphony and Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Indianapolis Symphony, the latter piece being the vehicle for her return to the New York Philharmonic (where she was also heard in Nielsen’s rare Symphony No. 3, now available on CD). Ms. Morley performed Bach cantatas with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and was joined by pianist Vlad Iftinca in solo recitals in Salt Lake City’s Virtuoso Series and in Carnegie’s Weill Hall.
Recent concert highlights include Berg’s Lulu Suite with the Cleveland Orchestra and Franz Welser-Möst at Carnegie Hall; Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Bernard Haitink; Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem with James Bagwell and the Collegiate Chorale in Carnegie Hall; and Webern’s Four Songs with pianist Ken Noda and Satie’s Socrate with James Levine and the Met Chamber Ensemble in Carnegie’s Zankel Hall.
A 2010 graduate of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, Ms. Morley has sung several roles at the Met, including Echo in Ariadne auf Naxos, the Dew Fairy in Hansel and Gretel, and the Daughter in The Nose. Ms. Morley completed her Artist Diploma at the Juilliard Opera Center in 2007, where she received the Florence & Paul DeRosa Prize. She earned her Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School and her Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music. She won 1st Place in the Licia Albanese – Puccini Foundation Competition in 2006, 3rd Place in London’s Wigmore Hall International Song Competition in 2009, and received the Richard Tucker Career Grant in 2013.
Updated January 2014
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