Erica Petrocelli, soprano

Praised for her “unusual but alluring timbre” (BachTrack) and “robust singing,” soprano Erica Petrocelli is quickly establishing herself as a notable singer of the lyric repertoire.

Erica began her 2017-2018 season with two performances in concert, both in NEC’s Jordan Hall: the first being Tchaikovsky’s The Maid of Orleans with Odyssey Opera, where she sang the role of Agnes Sorel. Next, in October, she performed Lia in Debussy’s L’enfant prodigue with New England Conservatory to start her final year in the Artist Diploma Program. In February, Erica will join Odyssey Opera again for a performance of Honegger’s oratorio Jeanne d’arc au bûcher, in which she will sing the role of Holy Virgin. Erica is looking forward to finishing up her 2018 season as a Young Artist at The Santa Fe Opera, beginning in June.

Erica’s 2016-2017 season included Salud in La vida breve in New England Conservatory’s world-famous Jordan Hall, with Mo. Douglas Kinney Frost. In February, she performed in NEC’s production of Massenet’s Cendrillon as the title role. In that same month, Erica advanced as a finalist in the New England Region of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. In April, she returned with Odyssey Opera to sing First Maiden in a Jordan Hall concert performance of Zemlinsky’s Der Zwerg. Erica also joined Opera Theatre of St. Louis’ Gerdine Young Artist program, where she covered Fräulein Brüstner/Leni in Glass’ The Trial, as well as made her company debut in Ricky Ian Gordon’s revised Grapes of Wrath. She closed the season singing Giannetta in Boston Midsummer Opera’s production of L’elisir d’amore.

The 2015-2016 season marked an exciting time for Erica as she made her professional debut singing the role of Onoria in Ezio with Odyssey Opera, under the baton of Mo. Gil Rose. She returned to Boston Midsummer Opera to sing Caterina and cover Suzel in Mascagni’s L’amico Fritz. In February, Erica was the recipient of the Lorraine Hunt Lieberson Encouragement Award at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Finals in the New England region.  She “sent blazing shafts of tone to the [theater’s] furthest reaches with great ease,” (Boston Musical Intelligencer) in the title role of Janacek’s Cunning Little Vixen at New England Conservatory, also under Mo. Gil Rose.

In 2014-2015, Erica sang in the chorus of Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites with Mo. Stephen Lord, and also performed scenes from The Merry Wives of Windsor and The Cunning Little Vixen, all with New England Conservatory. She also covered Martha in Flotow’s Martha with Boston Midsummer Opera.

A resident of Norwood, MA, Erica is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma in Opera at New England Conservatory, and is a student of tenor Bradley Williams. She also received her Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees at NEC in Vocal Performance. An avid lover of languages, Erica can speak Mandarin and Japanese, in addition to the standard operatic linguistic repertoire. She also enjoys spending her free time cooking Italian family recipes and painting.

Katherine LuellenErica Petrocelli, soprano