Monica Dewey, soprano
Praised by the American Prize for having “a superb, rich instrument that is capable of such a range of colors” and “a flexible voice that has great professional potential”, Monica Dewey is a young soprano entering the professional operatic and voice scene.
Monica began the 2017/18 season with her debut at San Francisco Opera singing Pousette in Manon. Monica continued the season with a debut at Michigan Opera Theatre where she sang Alice B. Toklas in Ricky Ian Gordon’s 27. As the soprano studio artist at Michigan Opera Theatre, Monica worked alongside Ricky Ian Gordon to prepare the production.
In the summer of 2017, Monica made her professional debut as Servilia in La clemenza di tito with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. She was also featured in a scenes concert as Marie in La fille du regiment and Cunegonde in Candide. Monica returns to Opera Theatre of Saint Louis this summer to sing Alexandra Giddens in Marc Blitzstein’s Regina and again in 2019 as Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro.
In September of 2016, Monica gave her final performance as a student at Indiana University in the title role of La fille du regiment. Under the baton of Marzio Conti, Monica was deemed “quite perfect as Marie” by Indiana Public Media and “electric” by Peter Jacobi at the Herald Times.
As a student at Indiana University, she performed Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia and Morgana in Alcina. She also appeared as Dalinda in Ariodante with the Chautauqua Voice Institute and Pamina in Die Zauberfloete with Lyric Opera Studio Weimar.
Monica was most recently awarded first place at the Gulf Coast region of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, advancing to the Semi-Finals in New York City. In addition, Monica has received awards from The Sullivan Foundation, The American Prize, and the Arleen Auger Memorial Scholarship. In 2017, she was awarded first prize in the 10th International Hilde Zadek Voice Competition at the Musikverein in Vienna. In addition to the first prize award, Monica received the Special Prize of Sponsors and Donors, Special Prize of the Media Jury, and a future engagement in a leading role with Oper Köln in Cologne, Germany.
Monica received her Master of Music degree from Indiana University’s acclaimed Jacobs School of Music. Prior to her studies at IU, Monica obtained a dual bachelors degree in Music and Arts Administration from the University of Kentucky.
Monica has been a young artist with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis (2016, 2017), Chautauqua Voice Institute (2014, 2015), Lyric Opera Studio Weimar (2013), and Harrower Opera Workshop (2012, 2013). Monica has studied voice with Patricia Stiles, Carol Vaness, Everett McCorvey, Marlena Malas, and Elizabeth Colson. She has coached with Gary Arvin, Arthur Fagen, Kevin Murphy, Heidi Grant Murphy, and Eiddwen Harrhy, in addition to the many wonderful faculty members listed in the programs above.