Erin Morley is one of today’s most sought-after coloratura sopranos. She has stepped into the international spotlight in recent years with a string of critically acclaimed appearances in the great opera houses of the world.
She has been praised for the “silken clarity of her voice and the needlepoint precision of her coloratura” (The New York Times). A recipient of the Beverly Sills Award and a graduate of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, she has garnered huge critical acclaim worldwide; she regularly appears on the greatest opera stages such as Wiener Staatsoper, Bayerische Staatsoper, Opéra National de Paris, Glyndebourne Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Los Angeles Opera and the Metropolitan Opera, where she has now sung more than 100 performances and has been featured in five “Live in HD” broadcasts.
During the 2021-22 season, Morley made a number of exciting debuts: the title role in Matthew Aucoin’s Eurydice at the Metropolitan Opera; her Teatro alla Scala debut with one of her signature roles, Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos; a role and company debut as Isabelle in Robert le Diable, under Marc Minkowski at the Opéra National de Bordeaux, which is also set for a CD release; her first appearance at Staatsoper Berlin as Gilda in Rigoletto, a role she will also perform at the Metropolitan Opera; a debut in one of the most iconic coloratura roles, Lakmé, with Washington Concert Opera, and a return to Glyndebourne Festival with another new role, Norina in Don Pasquale.
Recent highlights include Tytania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Santa Fe; Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier at the Wiener Staatsoper, and a show-stopping appearance during the “Met Stars at Home Gala,” where she delighted the audiences by accompanying herself at the piano and singing an extraordinary rendition of “Chacun Le Sait” from La fille du Régiment. On the concert platform, Morley joined Christian Thielemann and Staatskapelle Dresden on tour with a program of Strauss’ Brentano lieder and the world premiere of a newly discovered orchestral song by Richard Strauss, “Nacht,” completed by composer Thomas Hennig.
Morley spent her early years studying violin and piano, and frequently collaborated with her mother, a violinist. As an undergraduate of the Eastman School of Music, she went on to earn her master of music degree from the Juilliard School and her artist diploma from the Juilliard Opera Center in 2007, where she received the Florence & Paul DeRosa Prize. Morley also trained at the Opera Theatre of St. Louis as a Gerdine Young Artist, the Ravinia Festival Steans Institute and the Wolf Trap Opera Company as a Filene Young Artist.
She won first prize in the Jessie Kneisel Lieder Competition in 2002, first place in the Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation Competition in 2006, third place in London’s Wigmore Hall International Song Competition in 2009 and received the Richard Tucker Career Grant in 2013.