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Praised for her "lively personality, abundant charm, and luscious vocalism" and "crystalline voice," soprano Erica Schuller is a versatile performer, recognized for bringing committed artistry to a broad musical repertory. Her particular affinity for Baroque repertoire has brought her increasing attention from some of the country's finest Early Music ensembles.
This past season, Ms. Schuller worked closely with the Haymarket Opera Company of Chicago to record two professionally filmed productions. This past October, she performed the role of Dafne in G.F. Handel's famous cantata Apollo e Dafne. She was praised for her "bright, clear soprano and clear, flexible vocalism" by Chicago Classical Review. This June she took on the role of Dorinda in G. F. Handel's Orlando, with Bejun Mehta in the title role. The production is slated for release September 2021. Ms. Schuller recently appeared as a featured soloist with Apollo's Fire on a summer festival tour of the Chautauqua, Caramoor and Ravinia Music Festivals. The Chautauquan Daily wrote, "Twice, soprano Erica Schuller bewitched the Amphitheater with his (Monteverdi's) music, conjuring with dulcet tone and poignant, shapely phrasing the onset of spring (Zefiro torna) and pure regret (Ohimé, ch'io cado)." This December she will return to Cleveland as the soprano soloist in concerts of Handel's Messiah under the baton of renowned conductor Nic McGegan.
Other recent projects of note include performances with Apollo's Fire, The Boston Early Music Festival, Odyssey Opera Boston, Third Coast Baroque, and Theater Comique of San Francisco.
Additional past performances include the roles of Oriana in Handel's Amadigi di Gaula, Vespetta in Telemann's Pimpinone and Atalanta in Handel's Serse, all with The Haymarket Opera Company; Livietta in Pergolesi’s Livietta e Tracollo with the Boston Early Music Festival; Marzelline in Beethoven’s Fidelio and Soprano 2 in Glass’s Hydrogen Jukebox with Skylight Music Theater; she created the roles of Joan Strasinsky and The Princess for the world premiere of The Snow Dragon, by award winning novelist and composer Somtow Sucharitkul; Elvira in Rossini’s L’italiana in Algeri and Second Woman in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas with The Florentine Opera Company.
As a concert soloist, Ms. Schuller has appeared with Apollo's Fire, Ars Lyrica Houston, New Trinity Baroque, Great Lakes Baroque, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Bach Choir, San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, Elgin Symphony Orchestra, Second City Musick and Bella Voce.
In addition to her work on the stage, Ms. Schuller can be heard as the voice of Marte in Duron’s Salir el Amor del Mundo, recorded for Dorian Record Label with Richard Savino and El Mundo. She can also be heard on the Boston Early Music Festival's Grammy-nominated recording of Lully’s opera Psyché.
Originally from Wisconsin, Ms. Schuller received her Master of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and holds degrees in Vocal Performance and Music Education from the Eastman School of Music. She currently lives and teaches in Chicago, where she founded the Cantabile School for Voice and Piano. She is also an adjunct professor of voice with the University of Chicago and Aurora University.