Vocalist - Soprano

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. Ms. Luna's performances as Ariel in Thomas Adès’s The Tempest were reviewed by the New York Times: "Mr. Adès’s Ariel is a dazzling creation, and Ms. Luna conquers the role.” Her performance as Ariel won a 2014 Grammy Award for, “Best Opera Recording.” Following her first performances of Ariel at Festival Opéra de Québec, she has gone on to perform the role in such houses as the Metropolitan Opera and Wiener Staatsoper.

Engagements in the 2018-19 season include Hermione in Trojahn’s Orest at Wiener Staatsoper, a return to Gepopo in Ligeti’s Le grand macabre in her debut with NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, conducted by Alan Gilbert, a company debut as the Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte with Irish National Opera, and a solo recital at Portland State University. In the 2019-20 season, Ms. Luna will return to Wiener Staatsoper for further performances of Orest. In the summer of 2020, she returns to Santa Fe Opera as the Queen of the Night.

Ms. Luna’s performances in the 2017-18 season included the role of Leticia in Thomas Adès's The Exterminating Angel at the Metropolitan Opera, Marie in Donizetti’s La fille du régiment with Hawaii Opera Theater, Norina in Don Pasquale with Fort Worth Opera, Controller in Jonathan Dove’s Flight with Des Moines Metro Opera, soloist in Carmina Burana with Cleveland Orchestra and Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, and Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte at Festival d'Opéra de Québec.

In the summer of 2016, Ms. Luna made her Salzburg Festival debut as Leticia in the world premiere of Thomas Adès’s opera Exterminating Angel. She reprised the role of Leticia with the Metropolitan Opera, as well as in her debut with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden during the 2016-17 season. Her other engagements in the 2016-17 season included her debut with Houston Grand Opera as Madame Mao in Nixon in China, Berliner Philharmoniker and London Symphony Orchestra as Venus and Gepopo in Ligeti’s Le grand macabre conducted by Sir Simon Rattle and directed by Peter Sellars; her first collaboration with Péter Eötvös in the composer's latest commission, Sirens, with the Calder Quartet at Tonhalle Zürich, IRCAM Paris, and at Donaueschingen Festival; and her debut with Seattle Symphony in Ligeti’s Requiem.

In the 2015-16 season, Audrey Luna reprised Ariel in The Tempest in a return to Wiener Staatsoper, debuted with Teatro la Fenice Venezia as Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte, and was soloist in Carmina Burana with Colorado Symphony Orchestra. Her engagements in the 2014-15 season included performances as Olympia in a return to Metropolitan Opera, also with Den Norske Opera; and Ariel in her Wiener Staatsoper debut. Season 2013-14 engagements included her returns to Metropolitan Opera as Fiakermilli in Strauss’ Arabella and to Pittsburgh Opera as Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte, and debuts with Opéra de Montréal as the title role in Lakmé, San Francisco Symphony as Ariel in scenes from The Tempest, with Virginia Opera as Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos, and as soloist with Williamsburg Symphonia in an Opera Gala Concert. She also sang Madame Mao in Adams’ Nixon in China with Dublin’s Wide Open Opera and was soloist in Carmina Burana with Minnesota Orchestra. In summer of 2014 she sang with Santa Fe Performance (concert series).  

Recent highlights include her return to the Metropolitan Opera to sing Ariel in The Tempest; Zerbinetta in her debut with Fort Worth Opera; Muerte in Sosa’s Regina with American Lyric Theater; her debut with Lyric Opera of Chicago as the Queen of the Night; Ariel in The Tempest with Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and with Festival Opéra de Québec, both conducted by Adès; Madame Mao in Nixon in China with Lyric Opera of Kansas City; soloist in George Crumb’s Star Child with American Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall; soloist in Amy Beach’s Grand Mass in E-flat Major and Debussy’s Martyrdom of St. Sebastien, both with the National Philharmonic; her debut with the Metropolitan Opera as the Queen of the Night and Najade in Ariadne auf Naxos; Venus in Le grand macabre with New York Philharmonic, conducted by Alan Gilbert; soloist with Los Angeles Philharmonic in Unsuk Chin’s Cantatrix Sopranica; and Messiah with the National Philharmonic.

Other highlights include the Queen of the Night with Spoleto Festival USA, Cincinnati, and Santa Fe Operas, and Teatro dell'Opera di Roma; Zerbinetta with Tanglewood Music Festival; Blondchen in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Juliette in Roméo et Juliette, and Anne in Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, all with Hawaii Opera Theater; Controller in Jonathan Dove’s Flight, Adina in L’elisir d’amore and Giulietta in I Capuleti e i Montecchi with Pittsburgh Opera; the Accuser in the world premiere of Bright Sheng’s Madame Mao with Santa Fe Opera; and performances in the United States as Cunegonde in Candide, Gilda in Rigoletto, Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel, Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, and the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor. With the National Philharmonic she has performed 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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