American mezzo, Erica Brookhyser, appeared last season with Opera Colorado in the role of Suzuki Madama Butterfly. She made her role debut as Brigitta Die Tote Stadt in concert with Boston’s Odyssey Opera, and joined them again as the soloist in Britten’s monodrama Phaedra.
Recent successes include her appearance in concert and on recording with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project as the alto soloist in Paul Moravec’s Blizzard Voices. She returned to her native Pacific Northwest in the St. John Passion with the Astoria Music Festival. She made her debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in La Traviata, Aninna.
Recent successes include her return to Los Angeles Opera as Meg Page Falstaff, and song recitals with the Newport Symphony. At Spoleto Festival USA her performance in a fully-staged production of El Niño by John Adams garnered excellent notices. She was much acclaimed for her role debut as Brangäne Tristan und Isolde with Staatstheater Darmstadt where she remained principal mezzo for four years.
A major European highlight of Erica’s career came when in 2012 she won “Open Opera: Who will become Carmen?” a reality talent-search television show broadcast on ARTE-TV. The series, which aired in Germany and France, followed artists as they auditioned for the title role and prepared for the production, with music in the original French and dialogue in German. Erica’s live performances as Carmen took place at the Berlin Seefestspiele.