Audrey Luna
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Audrey Luna

Audrey Elizabeth Luna (born in Salem, Oregon[1]) is an American soprano who won a Grammy Award in 2014 for Best Opera Recording of Thomas Adès's opera The Tempest. Luna regularly performs on stages in America and Europe, including the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera, Royal Opera House, Houston Grand Opera, Teatro La Fenice, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Den Norske Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, and Opéra de Montréal.

Career

Luna made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera as the Queen of the Night in Julie Taymor's production of The Magic Flute, and continued with roles such as Najade in Ariadne auf Naxos, Fiakermilli in Arabella, and Olympia in The Tales of Hoffmann.

About her performance of Ariel in The Tempest at the Metropolitan Opera, The New York Times said, "Mr. Adès's Ariel is a dazzling creation, and Ms. Luna conquers the role."[2]

The Calder Quartet and Luna toured Europe in 2016 with Péter Eötvös's song cycle The Sirens.[3]

In 2017, Luna set the record for singing the highest written note on the Metropolitan Opera stage, A6, during the American premiere production of Thomas Adès' new opera The Exterminating Angel;[4][5][6] Luna was part of that opera's world premiere at the Salzburg Festival in 2016, and a production by the Royal Opera House, London, in 2017.

Other roles in Luna's repertoire include Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos, the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor, Madame Mao in Nixon in China, Gilda in Rigoletto, the title role in Lakmé, and Chief of Gepopo in Le Grand Macabre. The 2017/18 season marks her role debuts as Norina in Don Pasquale, and Marie in La fille du régiment.

Luna has appeared on the concert stage with Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, and others. Her repertoire for the concert stage includes Brahms' Requiem, Carl Orff's Carmina BuranaHandel's Messiah, Unsuk Chin's Cantatrix Sopranica, Makris' Symphony for Soprano and Strings, Vivaldi's Gloria, Ligeti's Requiem and Le Grand Macabre, George Crumb's Star-Child, Amy Beach's Grand Mass, and Debussy's Le Martyre de saint Sébastien.

Personal life

Audrey Luna was born in Salem, Oregon to Elaine Ventres-Luna of Worcester, Massachusetts and Alfonso Gilberto Luna of Quito, Ecuador

Education

A graduate of North Salem High School, Audrey Luna received her B.A. in Music from Portland State University and continued her studies at University of Cincinnati - College-Conservatory of Music, where she received her Master of Music and Artist Diploma. She was a member of both the Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Program and the Pittsburgh Opera Young Artist Program.

Discography

References

  1. ^ Brian Kellow: "Sound Bites: Audrey Luna", Opera News, April 2012
  2. ^ Tommasini, Anthony (2012-10-24). "An Inspired and Personal Tempest Makes Met Debut". The New York Times.
  3. ^ "Work of the Week - Péter Eötvös: The Sirens Cycle", Schott Music, 26 September 2016
  4. ^ Seales, Rebecca (2017-11-10). "Hitting the highest note in New York". BBC News. Retrieved .
  5. ^ Woolfe, Zachary (2017-11-07). "At the Met Opera, a Note So High, It's Never Been Sung Before". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved .
  6. ^ "Hide your dogs: Soprano hits the highest note ever sung at NYC's Met Opera". CBC Radio. Retrieved .

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