Regina McConnell, soprano
Regina McConnell, a native of Norfolk, Virginia, is a soprano who has performed to critical acclaim throughout the Eastern United States and Europe. Her artistry has been called ” superb” by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, ” spectacular”, “graceful and intense” by The Washington Post. New York critics defined her Serena as “well-sung” and “refined”. Maryland Public Television described her as “a beautiful voice…an outstanding Countess.”
Mrs. McConnell began her undergraduate musical training at the Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music in Berea, Ohio. She received her Bachelor of Music in voice from the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland, and received her Master of Music in voice from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. A winner of many awards, including the Great Lakes Metropolitan Opera Regional Auditions, the Marian Anderson Award, and the Center for Contemporary Opera Award, Mrs. McConnell has performed extensively in opera, recital, and oratorio and has appeared as a soloist with respected orchestras such as the Cleveland Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra. Her performances with the Cleveland Orchestra include the role of St. Margaret in Arthur Honneger’s Joan of Arc and a concert performance of George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. She has been a frequent soloist at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, most notably as a soloist in Handel’ s Messiah with the National Symphony Orchestra in its annual ìMessiah Sing In”. Other Kennedy Center performances have included Mahler’s Symphony No.8, the FaurÈ Requiem, Handel’s Solomon, and “The Immolation Scene” from Wagner’s Gotterdammerung. She has appeared on a number of significant American Concert Series, including those at the National Gallery of Art, the Phillips Collection, the Pan American Union, and the Chrysler Museum. She has appeared as a soloist at the renowned Riemenschneider Bach Festival of the Baldwin-Wallace College. In addition, she has numerous radio and television broadcast performances to her credit.
Her operatic career includes roles with the Great Lakes Erie Opera Theater, the Annapolis Opera, the Washington Civic Opera, the Summer Opera Theater of Washington, and a performance with the National Opera Orchestra Workshop with Even Queler conducting. She sang the role of Serena in the American and European tour of the Sherwin Goldman Landmark Production of Porgy and Bess at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. She sang the role of Aurora in William Grant Still’s Bayou Legend in performances at the University of Arizona (Flagstaff) and the Municipal Opera of Baltimore.
Her previous performed roles include Tosca, The Countess, Carmen, Mimi, Donna Anna, Marenka, Giuletta, Ariadne, Mme. Lidoine, and Elisabetta in Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda. Opera News described that performance as “stunning”. In the world premiere of the opera The Egg, she sang the role of the Beggar Woman with the composer, Gian-Carlo Menotti, as director and conductor. Her European engagements have included performances at the Vatican in Rome as a soloist in Samuel Barber’s Knoxville Summer of 1915 with the Orchestra of her Alma Mater, Catholic University. Other appearances include the Teatro Vittoria Emanuelle in Messina, Italy, the Deutsches Theater in Munich, and the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Sicily. Recently, she performed at the celebrated Cleveland Institute of Music Art Song Festival.
She has recorded for both Dante and Centaur Records and has lectured extensively on ìThe Art Songs of Harry T. Burleighî in venues that have included the Sorbonne in Paris, the University of London, the University of Northern Iowa, Peabody Conservatory of Music, Strathmore Hall, and Old Dominion University. Her compact disc of the same title has been critically acclaimed. This summer, she returns to the Amalfi Coast Music Festival in Vietri, 1.