American mezzo Erica Brookhyser Recent performances include her debut with Los Angeles Philharmonic as Annina/La Traviata, a fully-staged El Niño at Spoleto Festival USA, Suzuki/Madama Butterfly with Opera Colorado, and her return to Los Angeles Opera as Meg Page/Falstaff.
Ms. Brookhyser was the winner of ARTE-TV “Open Opera: Who will become Carmen?”--a reality talent-search television show that aired in Germany and France. The acclaimed Carmen production was broadcast live from Berlin Seefestspiele.
During her four-year tenure as principal mezzo at Staatstheater Darmstadt her repertoire included Carmen/Carmen, Didon/Les Troyens, Suzuki/Madama Butterfly, Muse-Nicklausse/Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Cherubino/Le Nozze di Figaro, Orfeo/Orfeo ed Euridice,Fenena/Nabucco, Lola/Cavalleria Rusticana, Wellgunde-Waltraute-Second Norn/Der Ring des Nibelungen, and Brangäne/Tristan und Isolde. She was a guest artist at Nationaltheater Mannheim as Wellgunde/Das Rheingold, and at Theater Erfurt as Carmen.
Her concert appearances include Moses und Aron with Boston Symphony Orchestra under the baton of James Levine, Bach St. Matthew Passion and Mozart Mass in C-minor with the Cincinnati May Festival conducted by James Conlon, Das Lied von der Erde and Wesendonck Lieder with Orchester Staatstheater Darmstadt under the baton of Elias Grandy, and the Mahler Rückert Lieder with Newport Symphony Orchestra conducted by Adam Flatt.
Ms. Brookhyser made her professional debut as Myrtale/Thaïs with Boston Lyric Opera while still a Master’s student at New England Conservatory. She received further training at the Plácido Domingo Young Artist Program at Los Angeles Opera where her mainstage roles included Waltraute/Die Walküre, Mercedes/
Carmen, Mother/Die Gezeichneten, Annina/La Traviata,and Kate Pinkerton/Madama Butterfly.
For MayaClassics Foundation "Gran Gala de Ópera" December 2018