B I O G R A P H Y
Inhabiting both opera and theater worlds, award-winning Californian soprano Morgan Harrington has performed with Sonoma City Opera, Quantum Opera Theater, Pocket Opera Theatre, IU Opera Theater, Napa Valley Conservatory Theater (Elsa Schraeder / The Sound of Music), Sonoma Valley Shakespeare Company, Waffle Opera, 6th Street Playhouse (Judy Haynes / Irving Berlin's White Christmas), Spreckels Theater Company (Alice Beineke / The Addams Family), and Opera on Tap San Francisco (Mimì / Puccini's La Bohème). Harrington has also performed in the San Francisco Opera Guild's OPERA À LA CARTE outreach production of Mozart's Die Zauberflöte (Papagena / Teaching Artist), The Bracebridge Dinner at Yosemite (Theo, the Minstrel), the West Coast Premiere of Robert Xavier Rodríguez's Monkey See, Monkey Do (Maria (Guest Artist)) at USC San Bernardino, and at Cinnabar Theater (Pamina / The Magic Flute; Cecily Pigeon / The Odd Couple).
In addition to receiving numerous honors, such as the Harold Douglas Brown Endowment Scholarship (2012) and the Lisa Kalvelage Memorial Award from Henry & Maria Holt Memorial Scholarship’s 42nd Annual Auditions (2012), Harrington has participated in various summer programs, including the 2016 Advanced Artist Program at OperaWorks, the 2014 and 2015 iSING! International Young Artists Festival in Suzhou, China, The Banff Centre’s 2012 Opera as Theatre Program in Banff, Canada (Donna Elvira / Don Giovanni), and the Opera Academy of California Summer Program 2011 (Elettra / Idomeneo).
An avid recitalist, Harrington collaborated with baritone Peter Tuff, pianist Lucy Faridany, and tenor David Gordon in Perhaps Love: An Afternoon of Opera and Musical Theater (March 2014) to great acclaim: “The convergence of four immensely talented musicians was definitely a match made in musical heaven” (MaryClare Martin, Peninsula Reviews). Harrington has also been seen on the concert stage, including the iSING! Shanghai International Young Artists Festival performance in the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra's 2015 MISA Closing Concert, as a soprano soloist in Sing for America Foundation's Benefit Concerts (2015-2017), and as the soprano soloist for Monterey County Pops!' 2014 and 2015 Memorial Day Concerts. During her time in China with the iSING Festival, Harrington also performed with the Hangzhou Symphony Orchestra, the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, and at a concert in Beijing at The Great Hall of the People.
Other notable performances include Barber’s “Knoxville: Summer of 1915” and song cycle “Despite and Still” in Trinity Chamber Concerts’ A Celebration of Samuel Barber (January 2014) with pianist, Frank Johnson, The Marie Litta Commemorative Recital with pianist, Piotr Wisniewski, which was presented by the Delphi Preservation Society (2011) as a fundraiser to restore the Delphi Opera House in Delphi, IN, and The Other Side of Love with soprano, Allanda Small, and pianist, Peter Grunberg. Harrington has also premiered new compositions, including Portraits of Scheherazade (song cycle for soprano and chamber orchestra) by award-winning Australian composer Natalie Williams, Ph.D and she sang in the world premiere of Ireland's Poet-Patriots: A Musical Tribute by Richard B. Evans at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco.
In addition to working with Lotfi Mansouri and Yefim Maizel in masterclasses, Harrington has studied with Sheri Greenawald and has coached with Ann Baltz, Matthew Barclay, Peter Grunberg, Mark Morash, Valéry Ryvkin, Arthur Fagen, William Vendice, Daniel J. Witzke and other internationally renowned conductors, directors, singers, and teachers. Harrington has a Bachelor of Music (with High Distinction) from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music (teacher: Prof. Carol Vaness). Recent engagements include performances as Alice Beineke in The Addams Family (Spreckels Theatre Company), as an iSING! Festival Singer in the iSING! San Francisco with Hao Jiang Tian concert at the Herbst Theatre in the San Francisco War Memorial & Performing Arts Center, and as Grace Farrell in Annie at 6th Street Playhouse (Nov 23 - December 22).
Adaptation by Morgan Harrington. Copyright (c) 2010. All rights reserved.
Photography by Pedro Rodelas / The Bracebridge Dinner at Yosemite. Copyright (c) 2015. All rights reserved. Lord Neville (Jonathan Spencer) / Theo (Morgan Harrington) / Molly McKay (Valentina Osinski) / Chauncey (Michael Monagle).
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