The “consistent, well-balanced, and beautiful” voice of soprano Erin Nafziger (Berkshire Review for the Arts) dazzled audiences as Nella in Gianni Schicchi, where it was noted that she “soar[ed] above the others with her effortless high pianissimo soprano during the lullaby, ‘goodnight baby boy'” (Berkshire Fine Arts). Ms. Nafziger was also featured in The Marriage of Figaro as Countess Almaviva at the Adams Memorial Theater. She is a frequent soloist with the Williams Chamber Players, Hubbard Hall Opera, and The New Opera, shining in such roles as Micaëla in La Tragédie de Carmen, and Belinda in Dido and Aeneas.
Other noteable roles in Ms. Nafziger’s repertoire include Mimì in La Bohème, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Soeur Constance in Dialogues of the Carmelites, Adele in Die Fledermaus, Adina in L’Elisir d’amore, Frasquita in Carmen, Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier, Mélisande in Pelleas et Mélisande, Cunegonde in Candide, Semele in Semele, Gilda in Rigoletto, Elle in La Voix Humaine, Anne Trulove in The Rake’s Progress, and Jenny in Company, many of which she has performed throughout the country to great acclaim.
Equally at home on the concert stage, Ms. Nafziger’s “beautiful voice” and “musicianship to match” (Mark Riggleman) leave a lasting impression. Recent concert performances include the soprano solos in Reena Esmail’s This Love Between Us, Brahms’ Requiem, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, J.S. Bach’s Magnificat, Stravinsky's Les Noces, Adams’ Grand Pianola Music, Handel’s Messiah, Orff's Carmina Burana, and Dvorak’s Mass in D Major, among others.
Ms. Nafziger received First Prize in the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen Vocal Concerto Competition, Third Place in the Bel Canto Foundation Competition, and was the recipient of the Francesco and Hilda Riggio Award of the New England Regional Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. In addition, she was a recent finalist in the Rochester Oratorio Society’s Classical Idol Vocal Competition, the New Hampshire Opera Idol Competition, and the Vienna Summer Music Festival Competition. This season, she makes her Ozawa Hall debut as the soprano soloist in Schubert’s Mass in G, as well as with the Berkshire Symphony in Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915. She will also star in the world premiere of an opera about Pablo Picasso entitled The Weeping Woman at Mass MoCA in August 2019, and will make her role debut as Königin der Nacht in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with Greylock Opera Collective in January 2020.
She is a graduate of the DePaul University and Northwestern University Schools of Music, and is a Vocal Professor and Ensemble Director at Williams College and the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.