American contralto, Sharmay Musacchio recently made her debut with The New York City Opera as Mrs.Grose in their production of The Turn of the Screw. Anthony Tommasini of the New York Times, writes “The rich-voiced contralto, Sharmay Musacchio is wonderful as the well-meaning, baffled and finally desperate housekeeper, Mrs. Grose.” James Jorden of the New York Post, writes “Sharmay Musacchio’s firm contralto helped ground Mrs.Grose, the clueless housekeeper.” Ms. Musacchio has recently been featured as La Zia Principessa and Zita with Opera Southwest. Where she received praise for her “Most impressive booming alto voice as Zita and does so again as the steely toned Principessa.” Ms. Musacchio also made her Los Angeles Opera debut as the Maiden in their production of “Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny”, which won two Grammies. Ms. Musacchio was the cover for Denyce Graves in Los Angeles Opera’s production of “Grendel”, starring Eric Owens and directed by Julie Taymor.
Ms. Musacchio’s concert work includes her Carnegie Hall debut as the alto soloist in Vivaldi’s “Gloria” with the New England Symphonic Ensemble. She recently debuted as Maria with Musica Vitale in their production of Respighi’s “Laud to the Nativity.” Ms. Musacchio was the alto soloist in the San Diego Chamber Orchestra’s presentation of Handel’s “Messiah.” Other recent performances include: La Zia Principessa, “Suor Angelica” fundraiser for San Diego Opera~ November, 2014. Alto Soloist, Handel’s “Messiah”, City Ballet, December, 2014. Eunice Hubbell, “A Streetcar Named Desire” with Townsend Opera and Fresno Grand Opera, January/February 2015. Debuted with Winter Opera St. Louis as Dame Carruthers in Yeomen of the Guard 2015, and Debuted with Pacific Opera Project as Mistress Quickly 2015.
Upcoming engagements include: Daughter (contralto) of Akhnaten, Nefertiti Cover in Akhnaten~ LAOpera 2016, Herodias Cover in Salome~ LAOpera 2017, Mother of Antonia in The Tales of Hoffmann~ starring Diana Damrau, Vittorio Griogolo and conducted by Placido Domingo, LAOpera 2017 and Giovanna in Rigoletto ~ LAOpera 2018. Returning to NYCO in 2018 as the Old Woman in “L’amore Dei Tre Re”, Novice/Cover Suor Angelica ~ The Met Fall 2018, and making her Chicago Opera Theater debut as the Auntie in “The Scarlet Ibis” (Chicago Premier) in 2019.
In previous seasons, Ms. Musacchio has performed as a soloist with: The Los Angeles Opera, Winter Opera St. Louis, Pacific Opera Project, Opera Southwest, Sarasota Opera, San Diego Chamber Orchestra, New England Symphonic Ensemble, Portland Opera/IVAI, California Opera Association, and the San Francisco Conservatory Opera Theatre in conjunction with the San Francisco Opera.
Ms. Musacchio has worked with renowned conductors and directors: Phelim McDermott, Matt Aucoin, Placido Domingo, Marta Domingo, Josh Shaw, James Conlon, Julie Taymor, Steven Sloane, John Doyle, Jayce Ogren, Victor De Renzi, William Yannuzzi, Kevin Murphy, Dean Rhodus and Martin Wright.
Ms. Musacchio has won various awards, including: Sarasota Young Artist Apprenticeship, Portland Opera/IVAI Young Artist Apprenticeship, regional finalist Zachary Vocal Competition, and the Grand Prize winner- Art Songs of the Americas.
Ms. Musacchio holds two degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she studied with renowned Mezzo Soprano and Stanford Voice Lecturer- Wendy Hillhouse.