Allegra de Vita
Mezzo soprano
New England First Place Winner 2015

National Council Semifinalist 2015

After summer as a Young Artist at Glimmerglass, where she performed the role of Fulvio in Vivaldi’s Cato in Utica and covered the Third Lady in The Magic Flute, Allegra De Vita has begun her studies at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. Currently the mezzo-soprano is preparing the role of Zerlina in Don Giovannifor their 2015-2016 season opener. A native of Trumbull, Connecticut, Allegra studied at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in biology with a neuroscience concentration, with a minor in Music Performance. Allegra also holds a Masters in Vocal Performance from Rice University-The Shepherd School of Music. Last season, as an Adjunct Professor at Sacred Heart, she taught the History of Italian Opera and Sacred Music and ran a Biology Lab.

 

A cantor/soloist at various churches at eight, Allegra has performed in regional theaters since the age of nine, appearing in over twenty musical theater productions. In 2006, at seventeen, the mezzo began her professional opera career as the youngest chorister ever hired at Connecticut Opera, performing in CarmenTosca, and The Abduction from the Seraglio, in addition to Connecticut Grand Opera’s Madama Butterfly. In 2007, Allegra played Iphigenia in the History Channel’s “The True Story of Troy.” Early roles in opera included Flora in La Traviata, Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana and the Monitor in Suor Angelica with Opera Theater of Connecticut, Dorabella in Così fan Tutte and Ruggiero in Alcina with Hillhouse Opera in Fairfield, Romeo in I Capuleti e I Montecchi with Manhattan Chamber Opera, and Ruggiero in Alcina with Opera Amis. Summers found Allegra in Young Artist programs at Wolf Trap (VA) in 2011, where she covered Nicklausse in Les contes d’Hoffmann;the Aspen Music Festival in 2012 and 2013, appearing as Nerone in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea and Jordan Baker in John Harbison’s The Great Gatsby; and Santa Fe Opera (2014), where she was Siegrune in the Die Walküre scene and Marchesa Melibea in the Il Viaggio a Reims finale. Allegra’s roles at Rice included Dorabella, Erminella in Musto’s Volpone, the title role in Handel’s Ariodante, and Florence Pike in the Albert Herring.

 

In her young career Allegra De Vita has received many prizes and awards, including in 2014 the gold medal in voice and the Grand Prize in the Young Texas Artists Competition, and First Place in Opera Theater of Connecticut’s Amici Vocal Competition. She also won Second Place at the National Opera Association’s Carolyn Bailey and Dominick Argento Vocal Competition in New York City in January of 2015. Earlier the mezzo was a recipient of the 2007 Elizabeth Anne Carlson Scholarship for the Performing Arts and the Bushnell Theater’s Ensign Darling Vocal Fellowship; she was also selected as a NFAA young ARTS 2008 finalist, and became the 2008 Henry Mancini Award Recipient for Classical Voice. In 2011 Allegra was accepted into Houston Grand Opera’s inaugural program, the Young Artists Vocal Academy where she spent a week working with the staff, teachers and coaches. That spring Allegra was a winner at both Connecticut Opera Guild Young Artists Scholarship Competition and the Young Patronesses of the Opera Vocal Competition. She has been part of Dolora Zajick’s Institute for Young Dramatic Voice since its inception six years ago.

 

 

 

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