"The mezzo Eve Gigliotti, her voice powerful and agile, was movingly torn between her mission and her desires."
-New York Times
Known for her passionate portrayals of complex characters, American dramatic mezzo-soprano Eve Gigliotti has a voice that has been described as “powerful and agile” (New York Times), and is an “incisive actress” (Opera News). Eve’s diverse musical and dramatic range has won her critical acclaim, including her original portrayals of Ruth in the world premiere of Dark Sisters (Muhly/Karam) with Gotham Chamber Opera and Opera Philadelphia, Dodo in the world premiere of Breaking the Waves (Mazzoli/Vavrek) with Opera Philadelphia, and Nelly in The Hours (Puts/Pierce) with The Metropolitan Opera.
This season, Eve bows in various roles at The Metropolitan Opera including a performance of Sally in the staged world premiere of The Hours (Puts/Pierce), singing Mary in Der Fliegende Holländer and covering Mère Marie in Dialogues des Carmélites. Her collaborative short film A Jarful of Bees was featured at Opera Philadelphia’s Season O22 Film Festival and was featured on the Opera Philadelphia Channel. In concert this season, she will join the American Symphony Orchestra for Ethel Smyth’s Mass in D. This summer she will debut the role of Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd with Chautauqua Opera. As a producer, Eve Gigliotti’s projects include the original immersive opera, No One Is Forgotten (Prestini & Shirey/Miller), currently in development, to be premiered on Dallas Opera.TV in the fall of 2023.
Next season, Eve looks forward to returning to The Metropolitan Opera as Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, Gertrude in Romeo et Juliette, as well as covering Virginia Woolf and reprising the role of Nelly in The Hours.
During the 2021/2022 season at The Metropolitan Opera, Ms. Gigliotti debuted the roles of Madame de la Haltière in a performance of Cinderella, and Gertrude in two performances of Brett Dean’s critically acclaimed Hamlet, as well as roles in The Rake’s Progress, Rigoletto, Boris Gudonov and Elektra. In concert, she premiered Taneyev’s At The Reading of a Psalm with the American Symphony Orchestra.
She has been praised for her interpretations as Cornelia in Giulio Cesare (Florentine Opera), Bradamante in Alcina (RB Schlather at Whitebox), multiple performances of Messiah with Seattle Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, and Detroit Symphony Orchestra; as well as her debuts in Verdi Requiem with Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Queen Gertrude in Hamlet (Thomas) with Washington Concert Opera, and her work in the Ring Cycle throughout the United States. She has performed in Die Walküre with Washington National Opera, Houston Grand Opera, and The Metropolitan Opera, where she was featured as Siegrune in the HD presentation and was awarded a Grammy certificate for her participation as a soloist on the recording.
Adapting to the 2020-2021 season amidst the pandemic, she embraced new formats of operatic storytelling singing multiple roles in White Snake Projects’ technologically-immersive Alice in the Pandemic, and produced and performed in the first workshop of No One Is Forgotten, presented by HERE in their #stillHere online offerings. She debuts in the operatic short film A Jarful of Bees (Prestini/Vavrek); creative direction and visuals by world-renowned painter Natalie Frank and animator Erin Pollock; original story collaboration by Paola Prestini and Eve Gigliotti. A Jarful of Bees is produced by National Sawdust and Beth Morrison Projects and is presented as part of 21C. Liederabend Worldwide on WNET AllArts TV.
Eve holds degrees from The Manhattan School of Music, Mannes The New School for Music, and The Curtis Institute of Music. She resides in Brooklyn, NY.
Her combination of volcanic low notes and assured power into the upper reaches made for an emotional and mercurial queen, riddled with anxiety and guilt over her part in her husband’s death, but still filled with maternal care.
Charles T. Downey, Washington Classical Review