Soprano Teresa Perrotta is a 2023 Grand Finals Winner of The Metropolitan Opera Eric and Dominique Laffont Competition and the Winner of the 2023 Sullivan Foundation Award. and a second-year Cafritz Young Artist at Washington National Opera. In 23/24 her mainstage roles at WNO include the world premiere of Jeanine Tesori’s Grounded as Also Jess and Guadalena in Songbird. Additionally, she returns to The Santa Fe Opera as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni. On the concert stage, Teresa will make debuts with the Erie Philharmonic in Carmina Burana and The Santa Fe Symphony in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.
Last season she made her Kennedy Center debut as the Fünfte Magd in Elektra followed by Musetta In La bohème. Additional debuts included Alice Ford in Falstaff with Maryland Lyric Opera, Anna in Nabucco with Washington Concert Opera, and in the summer of 2023, she returned to The Glimmerglass Festival to make her mainstage debut as Mimì in La bohème.
In the 2021-2022 season, Ms. Perrotta returned to the Santa Fe Opera as Alice Ford in Falstaff. She covered Renée Fleming as Clarissa Vaughan in the world premiere of Kevin Puts’ new opera The Hours with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Ms. Perrotta was scheduled to do the same role in the workshop of The Hours at The Metropolitan Opera but was canceled due to COVID. Second place winner of the prestigious Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal Competition, she made her debut at Carnegie Hall in the winner’s concert in May 2022. Ms. Perrotta rang in the New Year as the soprano soloist with the Dayton Philharmonic in their New Year’s Eve: Return to Vienna concert. As an independent and self-funded project, she performed as Elle in La voix humaine.
Marguerite in Faust
2021 Santa Fe Opera (Tira Howard)
In summer 2021, she was a Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Artist, where she performed as Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream under the baton of Harry Bicket. While at Santa Fe, she also performed scenes in concert as Nedda in I Pagliacci, Marguerite in Faust, and Susannah in Susannah as well as winning the Katharine Mayer Award.
In the 2019-2020 season, Ms. Perrotta made her international debut as Marie Antoinette in The Ghosts of Versailles at L’Opéra Royal de Versailles. She would have made her role debut as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with The Glimmerglass Festival, but the season was canceled due to COVID-19. Ms. Perrotta was the soprano soloist in Carmina Burana with the Cincinnati Choral Society, as well as Erste Dame in Die Zauberflöte (CCM, COVID-19 cancellation). 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.
Ms. Perrotta frequently collaborates with living 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.
Manja in Countess Maritza
2017 Ohio Light Opera
Teresa Perrotta 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.
She covered the role of Donna Anna Don Giovanni with Chautauqua Opera in 2018. In 2017, Ms. Perrotta performed as Manja in Countess Maritza, in addition to being a 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.
Ms. Perrotta is recently finished 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.
Teresa Perrotta was a finalist in the 2020 Lotte Lenya Competition, first place in the Cincinnati SongSlam, third place in the Butler International Opera Competition, Semi-finalist in the Houston Grand Opera's Concert of Arias, a two-time regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and three-time winner of the Corbett Opera Competition.
Elle in La voix humaine