Hailed by the New York Times for her “attractive soprano voice,” and for having “total control of the stage,” (Broadway World) coloratura soprano Meghan Picerno is quickly gaining recognition for her exciting, crowd-pleasing performances on opera, theatre, and concert stages throughout the United States. This season, Picerno stars as Christine in the National Tour of Love Never Dies, Andrew Lloyd Weber’s sequel to the beloved The Phantom of the Opera. She will also be featured in a commercial spot for the household product Scrub Daddy and will reprise the role of Cunegonde in Candide with San Francisco Symphony, after her critical success in New York City Opera’s new production directed by industry legend, Hal Prince. Of her performance, the Huffington Post hailed: “The real beauty of the evening was Meghan Picerno, clear of voice and crisp of diction, who managed the challenging ‘Glitter and Be Gay’ with aplomb.”
Last season’s engagements included the lead soprano role in Musicals in Mufti: From Berlin to Broadway with the York Theatre Company; Lucie Dreyfus in The Dreyfus Affair with Ensemble of the Romantic Century; a Valentine’s Day concert at The Appel Room entitled “Oh, Happy Us” with New York City Opera; The Actors Fund Gala celebrating Hal Prince; and T. Schreiber Studio’s 48th Anniversary Gala.
Previous engagements include the role of La Fée in Massenet’s Cendrillon with the Canadian Institute of Vocal Arts Festival in Montréal, the Barcelona Opera Studio’s summer concert series, performances with Joan Dornemann’s International Vocal Arts Institute in New York City, and the role of Queen of the Night in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. In prior seasons, Picerno enjoyed a series of successful débuts: Gilda in Rigoletto at Opera Williamsburg, Sandman/Dew Fairy in Hänsel und Gretel at Washington D.C.’s world renowned Kennedy Center; the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor at Regina Opera; and solo concert débuts at New York City’s David Geffen Hall and Alice Tully Hall, The National Center of Performing Arts in Beijing, China with iSing Festival; and the hauntingly beautiful Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasilieras with Resonance Chamber Orchestra. Other credits include Sophie in Werther with MCOpera, Olympia in Les contes d’Hoffmann with IVAI, Violetta in La traviata with Long Island Opera, Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte with New York Lyric Opera, Zerlina in Don Giovanni at Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance, Monica in The Medium with Opera Oggi, and Marissa in Henry’s Wife at American Opera Projects.
Ms. Picerno also garnered accolades in performances portraying an array of leading ladies of the theatrical repertoire: Johanna in Sweeney Todd, Marian in The Music Man, Nancy in Oliver!, Hodel in The Fiddler on the Roof, Irene in Hello Dolly!, Daisy Mae in Lil’ Abner, Maria in West Side Story, Eliza in My Fair Lady, and Amalia Balash in She Loves Me. New York City audiences were also delighted by her appearances as Liza in Falling in Love with Love at Theater Row, and Rose in September Songs: A Kurt Weill Revue at the Borden Theater.
Picerno was a quarterfinalist in Plácido Domingo’s prestigious Operalia International Vocal Competition in London at The Royal Opera House, and received 1st prize in the Arkadi International Vocal and New York Lyric Opera’s Vocal Competitions, The Forte International Competition; 2nd Prize in The American Prize Vocal Competition, and awards from the Alfredo Silipigni, Benjamin Matthews Competitions, and Career Bridges Grant Program. Picerno earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Illinois Wesleyan University and a Master of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music, where Le Feu/La princesse/Le rossignol in L’enfant et les Sortilèges, The Controller in Flight, and Curley’s Wife in Of Mice and Men.