"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 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 within contemporary opera, including her original portrayals of Ruth in the world premiere of Dark Sisters (Muhly/Karam) with Gotham Chamber Opera and Opera Philadelphia, and Bess in the world premiere of Breaking the Waves (Mazzoli/Vavrek) with Opera Philadelphia.
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 is featured as Siegrune in the HD presentation and was awarded a Grammy certificate for her participation as 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.
Looking forward to the 2021-2022 season, Eve will be performing with The Metropolitan Opera in Boris Gudonov as Nurse, Elektra as Second Serving Woman, Rigoletto as Giovanna, and The Rake’s Progress as Mother Goose. She will be involved in the productions of Der Meistersinger Von Nüremburg covering Magdalena, Cinderella covering Madam de la Haltiere, and the North American Premiere of Brett Dean’s critically acclaimed Hamlet covering Gertrude.
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