BIOGRAPHY: Cecelia Hall, voice

BIOGRAPHY: Cecelia Hall, voice 2014-06-27T15:04:59+00:00

Cecelia Hall 200x200Hailed by the New York Times as a “rich-voiced mezzo-soprano,” Cecelia Hall is one of an exciting new crop of versatile American singers, poised on the threshold of an international career.

Ms. Hall’s 2013-14 season included debuts as Dorabella in Così Fan Tutte with North Carolina Opera and Zerlina in Don Giovanni with Opera Philadelphia, a Spotlight Recital with The Song Continues at Carnegie Hall, as well as a return to Lyric Opera of Chicago to sing Annio in La Clemenza di Tito. In concert, Ms. Hall appeared as the Page in Salome with the Philadelphia Orchestra. In the summer, Ms. Hall makes her Aix-en-Provence Festival debut as Zaida in Rossini’s Il Turco in Italia. Future engagements include singing Florinda in Schubert’s Fierrabras with the Bard Music Festival, a return to the Metropolitan Opera as Javotte in Manon, and a debut at the Canadian Opera Company as Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia. She will return to the Seattle Opera as Zerlina and appear again with The Song Continues at Carnegie Hall.

Ms. Hall, a recent alumna of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program and the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Ryan Opera Center, appeared at the Lyric Opera as Third Maid in Elektra, Alisa in Lucia di Lammermoor, and Second Lady in Die Zauberflöte, among other roles. She recently made debuts with the Seattle Opera as Wellgunde and Rossweisse in their 2013 Ring des Nibelungen and with the Fort Worth Opera as the Composer in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos (a role she previously sang with the Palau de les Arts in Valencia, Spain and at the Tanglewood Music Festival).

Ms. Hall received much critical acclaim for her performance in the title-role of Handel’s Teseo at Chicago Opera Theater, and she has also debuted at the Metropolitan Opera as the Second Priestess in Iphigénie en Tauride. At the Castleton Festival, she has appeared as Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and L’Enfant in Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges. At Juilliard Opera she was featured as Concepción in L’Heure Espagnole, Nerone in L’Incoronazione di Poppea, Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, and in the title role of Ariodante.

A noted recitalist, Cecelia Hall has appeared several times with Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble ACJW and taken part in a Samling Showcase recital at Wigmore Hall with Sir Thomas Allen and Malcolm Martineau.

An alumna of The Juilliard School and DePaul University, Ms. Hall is a recipient of a 2011 Sara Tucker Study Grant, a 2012 Brian Dickie Outstanding Young Singer Award, the 2013 Lynne Harvey Foundation Scholarship from the Musician’s Club of Women, and Third Prize from the 2013 Gerda Lissner Foundation.

This performance marks Cecelia Hall’s La Jolla Music Society debut.

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