Hailed by Opera News as “first rate,” Megan Cullen is a young, dramatic soprano whose powerful voice and compelling characterizations are capturing the devotion of audiences throughout the world. Coming up in 2017, Megan will compete as an International Quarter-Finalist in the Virgilijus Norieka Competition in Lithuania. She also joins OpernFest Prague as a Voice Fellow.
In the 2016-2017 season, Ms. Cullen sang the role of Elettra in Idomeneo, on the island of Crete, and she returned to Oslo to sing Gertrude in Hänsel und Gretel, a role she debuted in 2009 in an English translation. In the 2015-2016 season, Ms. Cullen received critical acclaim for her performance as Brünnhilde in Die Walküre at the Norwegian National Theater in Oslo, as part of the workshop company, LidalNorth. She debuted this role with Verismo Opera in 2013. Also in 2013, Megan covered the fiendish title role, and sang Die Aufseherin, in Strauss’ Elektra with Des Moines Metro Opera. Megan also sings the title role in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos, having performed the rarely heard 1912 version for the first time, in 2010. During the same season (2010-2011), Ms. Cullen sang the title role in Suor Angelica, Ortlinde in Die Walküre, and Venus in Tannhäuser. She also covered the title role in Turandot, and covered both Donna Anna and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni. Megan would go on to perform Ortlinde and cover Donna Elvira again, both in 2012.
Megan is a popular recitalist, and has given concerts for the Wagner Society of Northern California and Musik in der Kirche, a series devoted to the perpetuation and development of German music, poetry, and culture in the US. A champion of new music, Ms. Cullen has premiered works of vocal chamber music in New York and Boston, and is a frequent featured artist with the Opus Project, as part of the Berkeley Arts’ Festival. In the realm of contemporary opera, Megan has sung The Faithful Seductress in Amy Beth Kirsten’s critically acclaimed opera Ophelia Forever with Goat Hall Chamber Opera, and she sang her first “pants” role as The Boss / Carlson in Mark Alburger’s Mice Suites, a contemporary look at Steinbeck’s epic play, with San Francisco Cabaret Opera.
In 2017, Megan was a finalist in the Strauss, Mahler, and Wagner Competition in Boulder, CO, and an International Semi-Finalist in the Elizabeth Connell Prize for Young Dramatic Sopranos. Other accolades include the Raphael Bundage Young Artist Award from the National Orpheus Vocal Competition, 2nd place in the Rio Hondo Symphony Young Artists’ Competition, and 2nd place in the East Bay Opera League Scholarship Competition. Ms. Cullen has also been recognized by the International Liszt Competition (3rd place, 2010), the Bell T. Ritchie Awards, the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and the Deutscher Akademischer Austauch Dienst. Ms. Cullen studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Boston University, and The Juilliard School.