This season, American soprano Chanáe Curtis returns to Welsh National Opera to perform the roles of Bridget/Emelda in Will Todd’s ambitious new opera Migrations which was premiered in Cardiff earlier in 2022. She will also perform the role of Alice Ford in Falstaff with Opera San Jose and will debut at ENO in Jeanine Tesori’s Blue. In concert, she will perform Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 in G Major with the Orchestre National de Bretagne & Orchestre Régional de Normandie.
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Last season, Chanáe made two role debuts, as Violetta Valéry in Wolf Trap Opera’s production of La Traviata and Nedda in I Pagliacci with Opera Memphis. She also returned to the Metropolitan Opera to perform the roles of Countess Ceprano in Rigoletto, and 2nd Pit Singer in Hamlet having made her house debut there during the 2019/20 season as Annie and cover Lily in Porgy & Bess.
Concert highlights include a performance of Strauss’s Four Last Songs at St. David’s Hall, as well as a guest appearance at Buckingham Palace, performing for His Royal Highness, Prince (now King) Charles. Chanáe also created and performed a recording of an original sound-work to accompany an exhibition celebrating the life and work of the artist Gwen John. Other notable roles for Chanáe include Musetta in La Bohème, Countess Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, and Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte.
Chanáe holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ashland University, a Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music, and Master of Arts in Opera, with distinction, from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, where she now serves as an Honorary Associate of the college.