Praised by Opera News as a “standout”, young mezzo Gina Perregrino is already garnering attention on stages around the country. This summer, Ms. Perregrino will be joining Central City Opera as an apprentice artist where she will sing the title role in a performance of Carmen.
The 2016 season has included several operatic debuts, including Stéphano in Minnesota Opera’s Roméo et Juliette, Maddalena in Rigoletto in Guatemala City, and the Blindwoman in Opera Theatre of Saint Louis’ world premiere of Shalimar the Clown. The production of Rigoletto was recorded and aired on Univision TeleOnce TV throughout Guatemala and parts of Central America.
During her time at the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Ms. Perregrino was named a recipient of the Richard Gaddes Career Grant and in addition to performing in Shalimar, she covered the role of Composer in their production of Ariadne on Naxos.
In the 2015–2016 season, Ms. Perregrino was the grand prize winner of the Metropolitan International Vocal Competition, where she sang the Brahms’ Songs with Viola in a winners gala at Lincoln Center.
Ms. Perregrino is a graduate of Manhattan School of Music, where she earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree. There she performed the leading role of the Marquise de Merteuil in Conrad Susa’s contemporary opera Dangerous Liaisons under the baton of George Manahan and received critical claim: “She was potent as the Marquise, capturing the character’s sense of grandeur and determination. Her dignity in the final scene was worthy of Strauss’ Marschallin.”
During her first season as a Minnesota Opera Resident Artist, she sings Stéphano in Romeo and Juliet and Clizia in Diana’s Garden as well as covering Amore in Diana’s Garden, Wellgunde in Das Rheingold, and Lucy Talbot in William Bolcom and Mark Campbell’s Dinner at Eight.
For more information (including previous credits), please visit www.ginaperregrino.com