Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Opera in Lille, Part Deux

The current production at the L'Opera de Lille
Yesterday I posted a blog about my friends attending the opera in Lille, France.  I thought maybe you'd like to know a little bit more about this lyric coloratura soprano who sang the main role of Sandrina in the Mozartian opera they went to see there, Ms. Erin Morley.

Erin is one of the word's most promising young artists.  The Metropolitan Opera is her home company. During the 2011-2012 season, she appeared in the Met's Grammy award-winning Ring cycle.

My friend Bente with Erin Morley backstage in Lille at La Finta Giardiniera
She was recently hailed by critics as a "major success" when she stepped in at the last minute to sing all performances of Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier at the Met.  Not bad for a young girl from Utah still at the start of her professional life!

Erin as Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier
Following her appearance with the Opera de Lille as Sandrina in La Finta Giardiniera, she will appear in Dijon (yes, the place where the mustard comes from) at the Opera de Dijon.  Later in the season she'll be singing Gilda in Rigoletto in Munich, Germany with the Bavarian State Opera.

Erin Morley
Future engagements include leading roles at the Metropolitan Opera in a new production of Der Rosenkavalier, as well as appearances at the Opera National de Paris (Paris, France) and the Wiener Staatsoper (the State Opera of Vienna, Austria).

Erin singing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
You may remember Erin from her past performance (2011) with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. It's interesting to note that Ms. Morley's father is a physician who sings with the choir.  Her mom is an accomplished violinist in the Orchestra at Temple Square.  (Morley's mom is also my friend Bente's cousin. Lots of musical talent in this family!)

This is a young woman to watch.... and listen to too!  I'm so happy to have been able to tell you a little about her here in this blog.

Shine on!
To learn more about Ms. Morley, visit
FOLLOW her on Twitter: @morley_erin

Photos taken from L'Opera de Lille website, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir website and the Erin Morley website.

1 comment:

Jeannette Rook said...

Caroline Augusta Woodhouse Watkins Great 2nd Grandmother to Susan Carol Hunter Eiden's great Aunt Winifred Arla "Wanda" Watkins was the 1st woman to play the amazing Organ in the Mormon Tabernacle