Lyric coloratura mezzo-soprano Megan Moore is quickly garnering attention as an artist of versatility and depth on the opera and concert stage, particularly in the repertoire of Rossini, Handel, and Mozart.
In the 2022-23 season, Ms. Moore will return to the role of Dorabella in Così fan tutte for her company debut at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis; make her role debut as Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro with Annapolis Opera; sing the title role in Gluck's Orfeo with the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle; make her company debut at Opera Philadelphia covering both Desdemona and Emilia in Rossini's Otello with a cast that includes Lawrence Brownlee; participate in Plácido Domingo's world-famous singing competition Operalia in Riga, Latvia; and join Berkshire Opera Festival to make her role debut as Ruggiero in Alcina led by Gary Wedow. She will make recital appearances in Baltimore and New York City, in addition to a tour of several cities in Iowa. Concert engagements include appearances at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall for Bach's cantata Schau, lieber Gott, wie meine Feind, BWV 153 with Anthony Newman, and at the Gaillard Center in December for the Charleston Symphony's annual Holiday Pops! concert.
The previous season, Ms. Moore joined Harry Bicket to record Handel’s La Lucretia and Il delirio amoroso with The English Concert; made her Metropolitan Opera debut in Brett Dean’s Hamlet under the baton of Nicholas Carter and participated in the Guggenheim Museum's Works & Process with the creative team as well as cast members of the opera; made her role debut as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni at the Berkshire Opera Festival; premiered a piece by Jessica Meyer at Shriver Hall with violist Jordan Bak; performed the role of Claire in Bernstein's On the Town with Opera Naples; covered the role of Dorabella in Così fan tutte with the San Diego Opera; and joined the Santa Fe Opera to workshop The Righteous, a new work composed by Gregory Spears with libretto by Tracy K. Smith which will debut in the company's 2024 season. In recital, she took the stage in New York, Washington, D.C, and Birmingham. Ms. Moore also made a special appearance with the Borromeo String Quartet to sing Handel arias from Hercules and Alcina in Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall.
Susannah Stewart is a native of Chapel Hill, NC (Go Heels!). She recently graduated from the Eastman School of Music (MM in Vocal Performance) and before that, graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (BM in Vocal Performance and Political Science).
In March of 2020, Susannah performed as the soprano starring in Dr. Marie Rolf's "Debussy Premieres" lecture concert at the J.P. Morgan Library in New York City. This performance included soprano piece "Séguidille," the U.S. premiere of cantata "Hymnis," and the world premiere of cantata "Daniel" by Debussy. Colleagues in this performance were Timothy Long, Anthony Dean Griffey, and Randall Scarlata, and Dr. Marie Rolf.
With Eastman Opera Theatre, Susannah performed the roles of Aveline Mortimer in Kevin Puts' Elizabeth Cree and The Lady with the Cake Box in Dominick Argento's Postcard from Morocco. At UNC-Chapel Hill, she performed the title role of Alcina (Händel) and Dido in Dido and Aeneas (Purcell) with UNC Opera, as well as Zerlina in Don Giovanni (Mozart) in Tuscany, Italy. Ms. Stewart won UNC’s Concerto Competition, performing with Maestro Tonu Kalam and the UNC Symphony Orchestra. Other concert performance has been with the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle (COT) under the baton of Lorenzo Muti, performing Händel’s Crudel tiranno amor and other arias by Händel, as well as "Romanze" from Schubert’s Rosamunde, and the soprano solos in Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite (Carolina Theater, Durham, NC).
Her other solo oratorio credits include the soprano solos in Bach’s Magnificat, Händel’s Utrecht Te Deum and Messiah, Haydn’s Theresienmesse, and Barber’s Prayers of Kierkegaard. In 2018, she won first place for Junior/Senior college women at the national NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) competition in Las Vegas, NV.
Susannah is also a speaker of French and Italian, and holds a special place in her heart for Italy as she has been lucky enough to travel there every summer since she was five years of age.