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.
Over the 2021-2022 season, Eve performed with The Metropolitan Opera debuting the roles of Madame de la Haltière in a performance of Cinderella, and Gertrude in two performances of Brett Dean’s critically acclaimed Hamlet. She performed in Boris Gudonov as Nurse, Elektra as Second Serving Woman, Rigoletto as Giovanna, and The Rake’s Progress as Mother Goose. She was involved in the productions of Der Meistersinger Von Nüremburg covering Magdalena. 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.
A performing artist and innovator, Eve was an Artist in Residence at National Sawdust where she worked on her original concept for Untitled: Inspired by Film Stills, an immersive installation opera inspired by the iconic series of Cindy Sherman, currently in development with librettist Royce Vavrek, and composers Paola Prestini, Nico Muhly, Ellen Reid and Missy Mazzoli. She is actively developing No One Is Forgotten: An Immersive Opera, the first opera designed for 3D Spatial Audio adapted from the original play by Winter Miller, co-composed by Paola Prestini and Sxip Shirey, produced in partnership with Dallas Opera.TV, Emitha Studios and Lexicon Classics.
Ms. Gigliotti’s engagements performed during the shortened 2019-2020 season included her return to San Francisco Opera as Gertrude in Roméo et Juliette (performed), Gertrude in Hamlet with Washington Concert Opera (performed), and the Alto soloist in Messiah with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Pittsburgh Symphony (performed).
She also sang Elgar’s The Kingdom at Carnegie Hall with the American Symphony Orchestra, and at National Sawdust she continued the development of the highly anticipated Untitled: Inspired by Film Stills directed by RB Schlather.
In the 2018-2019 season, Eve Gigliotti returned to The Metropolitan Opera as Siegrune in Die Walküre, reprised The Pilot in The Little Prince with Opera Parallèle, joined New York’s Prototype Festival as Aunt in Mila, Great Sorcerer, and returned to the Seattle Symphony for Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Additionally, she appeared with the Bard College Conservatory Orchestra for performances of Mahler’s Third Symphony, conducted by Leon Botstein, and made her Tanglewood Music Center debut as Siegrune in Die Walküre.
During the 2017-2018 season, Ms. Gilgiotti joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic for the U.S. premiere of A Trip to the Moon, San Francisco Opera for their production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, both the Eugene Symphony and the Seattle Symphony for Handel’s Messiah, and Opera Parallèle as the Pilot in The Little Prince.
The previous season included a debut with Hawaii Opera as Giulietta in Les contes d’Hoffman, the world premiere of composer Mohammed Fairouz’s new oratorio, Al-Quds: Jerusalem at the Metropolitan Museum, a return to Opera Philadelphia to create the role of Dodo in the world premiere of Missy Mazzoli’s Breaking the Waves, a role she reprised with the Prototype Festival, and she joined the roster of the Lyric Opera of Chicago to cover the title role in Carmen.
In the 2015-2016 season, Ms. Gigliotti made her debut with the Washington National Opera, singing Siegrune and covering Flosshilde and the Second Norn in their production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle. She also appeared with Beth Morrison Projects for the premiere of Persona. She also joined the Princeton Festival for their 2016 Summer season to sing Auntie in Peter Grimes.
The 2014-2015 season brought significant company debuts for Ms. Gigliotti, including Houston Grand Opera to sing Siegrune in Die Walküre; Milwaukee Symphony for Handel’s Messiah, and Opera Santa Barbara to reprise the title role of Isabella in L’italiana in Algeri. Additionally, she debuted the role of Bradamante in director R.B Schlather’s gallery installation of Alcina in association with Whitebox Art Center, and concluded the season in her role debut as Suzuki in Madama Butterfly at Ash Lawn Opera.
Engagements during the 2013-14 season included appearances with Minnesota Opera as Nazimova in Dream of Valentino, Florentine Opera as Cornelia in Giulio Cesare, and Boston’s Odyssey Opera, as the title role in Mascagni’s rarely performed Zanetto. She also joined the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra for Verdi Requiem.
After her promising debut with The Metropolitan Opera as Mercedes in the Richard Eyre production of Carmen, Ms. Gigliotti returned in 2010-2011 reprising the role of Mercedes and appearing as Siegrune in Robert Lepage’s milestone production of Die Walküre, led by James Levine, broadcast worldwide in HD. Ms. Gigliotti appeared as Siegrune in The Metropolitan Opera’s Grammy-winning production of The Ring Cycle as part of the 2012/13 season.
Other past season highlights include: Verdi's Requiem with Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop conducting; title role in L’italiana in Algeri with ABAO Opera Bilbao (Opera Berri Performance), Michele Mariotti conducting; Wolf Trap Opera as Giulietta in Les Contes d’Hoffmann. Carnegie Hall debut in Bernstein’s Jeremiah Symphony no.1 with New York Youth Symphony, Ryan McAdams conducting.
Eve Gigliotti is a graduate of The Manhattan School of Music, Mannes The New School for Music, and The Curtis Institute of Music.