Monica began the 2018/19 season with Placido Domingo’s OPERALIA COMPETITION in Lisbon, Portugal. Following Operalia, she made her European debut with OPER KÖLN singing First Niece in PETER GRIMES. As a recent graduate of the MICHIGAN OPERA THEATER studio, Monica returns to Detroit to sing Cunegonde in CANDIDE. She will conclude the season with a return to OPERA THEATRE OF SAINT LOUIS to sing Susanna in THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO, marking her fourth consecutive summer with the company. She made her professional debut as Servilia with OTSL in LA CLEMENZA DI TITO in 2017 and most recently performed Alexandra Giddens in REGINA.
The 2017/18 season started with Monica’s debut at SAN FRANCISCO OPERA singing Pousette in MANON. Monica then made her studio debut at MICHIGAN OPERA THEATER 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 to prepare the production.
Monica has received awards from THE SULLIVAN FOUNDATION, THE HILDE ZADEK VOICE COMPETITION, THE AMERICAN PRIZE, and the ARLEEN AUGER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP. In 2018, Monica was a National Semi-Finalist in the METROPOLITAN OPERA NATIONAL COUNCIL AUDITIONS.
Monica received her Master of Music degree from INDIANA UNIVERSITY’S 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.
Monica is a member of the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA). When she is not performing, she enjoys spending time with her partner and playing tennis with friends.