Artist of the Week: Erin Morley
American Soprano Takes Center Stage in ‘Eurydice’ at the MetBy Francisco Salazar
(Credit: Marty Sohl / Met Opera)
On Nov. 23, the Metropolitan Opera will make history premiering Matthew Aucoin and Sarah Ruhl’s “Eurydice.” Aucoin will make history as the youngest composer to have a Met premiere since 1938. But this opera will also mark the first time that soprano Erin Morley headlines a brand new production at the Metropolitan Opera.
Morley made her Met debut in 2008 as the Madrigalist in “Manon Lescaut” and has slowly risen to sing leading roles in such productions as “Der Rosenkavalier,” “Les Contes d’Hoffmann,” “The Magic Flute,” and “Dialogues des Carmélites.” OperaWire has raved about the soprano noting she is “spectacular in the way she blends singing and acting” and Morley has been featured on five HD performances that capture these aspects of her artistry. In all she has performed more than 100 times at the Met. In 2020, she garnered even more attention when during the Met’s at home gala, the soprano “accompanied herself while she sang a section from Donizetti’s “La Fille du Régiment” in what was the most memorable performance of the event. Now Morley is ready to show her star power as Eurydice and give audiences another side of her versatility as a singer.
A graduate of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program and a recipient of the Beverly Sills Award in 2021, Morley has also performed around the world at the Wiener Staatsoper, Bayersiche Staatsoper, Opéra National de Paris, Glyndebourne, Santa Fe Opera, and LA Opera, among others.
For those not in New York, the Met will transmit “Eurydice” live in HD immortalizing Morley’s interpretation. This season will also see the soprano making her Teatro alla Scala debut as Zerbinetta in “Ariadne auf Naxos,” as well as her debut at the Berlin State Opera in a production of “Rigoletto.” She will also return to the Bayerische Staatsoper and the Glyndebourne Festival.
Morley is featured on several recordings including “Der Rosenkavalier” from the Met, “La Colombe” for Opera Rara, and “Les Huguenots.”
Here is a first look at “Eurydice.”
Here is a look at “Les Contes d’Hoffmann.”