An unusually versatile and unique performer with exorbitant amounts of charisma, sex appeal, and style, soprano Marcy Richardson is a true stage animal with a passion for baroque, sophisticated musical theater, and contemporary music. Directors have often compared her essence to a mixture of Madeline Kahn, Lady Gaga, and Barbra Streisand.
Originally from Grosse Pointe, Michigan and a graduate of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, she has performed with the Princeton Festival, Baltimore Opera, Central City Opera, Orlando Opera, Opera Vivente, Opera Columbus, the Orlando Philharmonic, Timber Lake Playhouse, Lyrique-en-Mer in Belle-Île, France, the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland under Pierre Boulez, the Carmel Bach Festival, Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, the Brevard Music Festival, Aguavá New Music Ensemble, Bloomington Early Music Festival, Philip Brunelle’s VocalEssence, the Lafayette Bach Chorale Singers, and has won various awards and grants from the Kurt Weill Foundation, Gerda Lissner Foundation, Heinz Rehfuss Singing Actor Awards, Metropolitan Opera National Council, Fritz and Lavinia Jensen Foundation, Heida Hermanns International Voice Competition, and Opera Birmingham’s Cassell Stewart Vocal Competition.
Ms. Richardson’s performance credits include Dalinda in Ariodante, principal in Kurt Weill’s ‘Berlin to Broadway,’ Emmeline in King Arthur, the Queen of Sheba in Handel’s Solomon, Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, Lucy in The Telephone, Lili Vanessi in Kiss Me Kate, Cinderella in Into The Woods, Rosie in Cabaret, Leonide in Triumph of Love, Fiorilla in Il Turco in Italia, Susanna and Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro, Madame Silberklang in Der Schauspieldirektor, Poussette in Manon, Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, Adina in L’Elisir d’Amore, principal in the Cole Porter review, ‘Let’s Fall in Love,’ Angel City Four in City of Angels, Mrs. Hayes in Susannah, the Watchman in John Eaton’s Antigone, a Shepherd Boy in Tosca, and Papagena and Pamina in Die Zauberflöte.
Also an accomplished concert artist and oratorio singer, she has performed as a soloist in the Pergolesi Stabat Mater, Webern’s Drei Lieder, Op. 18, Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Haydn’s Die Schöpfung, Mozart’s Exultate, Jubilate, Brahms’ Liebeslieder Walzer, Op. 65, George Benjamin’s A Mind of Winter, Carl Heinrich Graun’s Der Tod Jesu, Sven-David Sandström’s High Mass, and Dubois’ Seven Last Words of Christ.