Passionate Voices of the Upper Cape
Praised for her “stunning voice” and “delightful portrayals”, Meredith Ziegler has impressed critics and audiences alike with her warm lyric mezzo-soprano voice and her engaging characterizations. Ms. Ziegler's leading operatic roles include Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Opera Company of Middlebury, Opera Theater of Connecticut), Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte (Granite State Opera, Cape Cod Opera), Dido in Dido & Aeneas (Connecticut Lyric Opera), Dinah in Trouble in Tahiti (Connecticut Concert Opera), Hänsel in Hänsel & Gretel (Opera Theater of Connecticut), and Meg Page in Falstaff (Opera North). As a Resident Artist with Connecticut Opera, Ms. Ziegler performed the roles of Mercedes in Carmen, Zulma in L'Italiana in Algeri, and Inez in Il Trovatore.
Internationally, Ms. Ziegler’s work has taken her to Graz, Austria where she was a soloist with the AIMS Festival Orchestra for performances of Bernstein’s Arias & Barcarolles. Closer to home she appeared as a soloist in Rutter's Magnificat and Handel's Messiah with the Falmouth Chorale, Berlioz’s Les Nuits d’été with the Holyoke Civic Symphony, and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass the New Haven Oratorio Choir. Additionally, Ms. Ziegler was a member of the Metropolitan Opera Extra Chorus.
Ms. Ziegler holds a Master of Music in voice from the University of Connecticut, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Music and aBachelor of Science in Music Education from the University of Connecticut. She has been a young artist with Opera North, Connecticut Opera, and AIMS in Graz, and has been an award winner in competitions with The Metropolitan Opera National Council, Sullivan Foundation, Connecticut Opera Guild, Palm Beach Opera, and Opera Theater of Connecticut.
Ms. Ziegler teaches voice at the University of Connecticut and also maintains a private studio. Her students have performed with various opera companies and symphonies around the U.S. and internationally including Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, Opera Theater of Connecticut, Opera in the Ozarks, New Haven Symphony, Eastern CT Symphony, Skidmore Symphony, and the AIMS Festival Orchestra. Alumni from Ms. Ziegler’s studio continued their education with scholarships at renowned conservatories and universities such as The New England Conservatory, Eastman School of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, University of Maryland, Ithaca Conservatory, and the University of Minnesota. Ms. Ziegler was a 2012 NATS Teaching Intern with George Shirley. She currently resides in Storrs, CT with her husband, Steffen, and three sons, Samuel, Jacob, and Timothy.
Music by Vivaldi, Bach, Handel & other Greats with soloists and orchestra
October 21 & 22, 2017 at 4PM
John Wesley United Methodist Church
Meredith Ziegler - Mezzo Soprano
Erin M. Smith - Soprano
Praised for her “rich and beautiful voice” (Petoskey News-Review), soprano Erin M. Smith is quickly establishing herself as a versatile and dynamic performer throughout New England. Erin has recently performed as a featured soprano soloist with the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra and numerous pops and operatic concerts with the Hillyer Festival Orchestra. Favorite operatic performances include Adina in L’Elisir d’Amore with Opera Providence, Pamina in The Magic Flute with MetroWest Opera and Piccola Opera, Vixen in The Cunning Little Vixen with Boston Opera Collaborative, Contessa in Le Nozze di Figaro with BayView Music Festival, Donna Elvira in an Educational Tour of Don Giovanni with Cape Cod Opera, and more. As an oratorio soloist with notable choruses and orchestras throughout New England, Erin has performed the soprano solos in Telemann’s Machet die Tore Weit, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Creation, Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes de Confessore and Requiem, Vivaldi’s Gloria, and Faure’s Requiem. Erin has also performed numerous premieres of newly composed works and presented the Boston premier of Oliver Knussen’s Requiem: Songs for Sue with The Boston New Music Initiative chamber orchestra. Internationally, Erin has studied and performed in Italy and Austria. Upcoming engagements include soprano solos in Handel’s Messiah with Chorus North Shore in December and Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem with Portsmouth Pro Musica in April 2018. For more information, please visit www.erinmsmithsoprano.com.