A graduate of the Yale School of Music, lyric soprano Sylvia D’Eramo has recently completed her final season as a member of the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. Despite her youth, D’Eramo has already made mainstage debuts at the Metropolitan Opera, The Santa Fe Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and The Philadelphia Orchestra, among others. Her voice is lauded for its “purity of timbre, the brilliance of its highs and the powerful lyricism of its line…sonorous nuances that give way to sumptuously ethereal pianissimi” (Olyrix).
In the 2023/24 season, Sylvia D'Eramo joins Theater St. Gallen to create the role of Gerda Wegener in Lili Elbe, a world premiere by Grammy Award-winning American composer Tobias Picker and librettist Aryeh Lev Stollman. In St. Gallen she makes another eagerly anticipated role debut as Elvira in Ernani in a production by Barbora Horáková Joly and maestro Modestas Pitrenas. She reprises her acclaimed performances of Kitty/Vanessa in Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts' The Hours, which she originated at the Metropolitan Opera in the world-premiere production in 2022. With the Jacksonville Symphony in Florida, Sylvia D’Eramo sings the role of Micaëla in Gregory Keller’s production of Carmen under the baton of Courtney Lewis. On the concert stage, D’Eramo performs concerts in Maribor and Ljubljana with tenor Martin Sušnik, presents a Puccini programme with tenor Jonathan Tetelman at Rudolfinum Dvořák Hall in Prague and sings Strauss’ sumptuous Vier letzte Lieder in St. Gallen conducted by Modestas Pitrenas.
Last season, in addition to her performances in The Hours, Sylvia D’Eramo joined the Met in the role of Musetta in La bohème conducted by Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin. She was also heard as Donna Elvira in Brenna Corner’s production of Don Giovanni at the North Carolina Opera and as Maddalena in Andrea Chénier at Theater St.Gallen. On the concert stage, Sylvia appeared with Martin Muehle in Andermatt, Switzerland, alongside Jonathan Tetelman at the Tivoli Symphony Orchestra in Copenhagen and with Evan LeRoy Johnson at Musikfest Bremen.
Originally scheduled in the 2021/22 season to make her mainstage debut as Diane in the Metropolitan Opera’s cancelled production of Iphigénie en Tauride, she instead saw her first performances on the prestigious stage as Countess Ceprano in Rigoletto. She also made her Philadelphia Orchestra debut, performing Kitty/Vanessa in the concert version of The Hours, as well as her mainstage debut with the Santa Fe Opera as Micaëla in Carmen conducted by Harry Bicket.
Sylvia D’Eramo joined the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Program for her inaugural season in 2020/21. In the same season, she debuted the role of Mimì in La bohème under James Gaffigan at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, where she was awarded the Thierry Mermod top singer prize.
During the 2019-2020 COVID-affected season, D’Eramo trained with the Los Angeles Opera as a member of the Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program. She made her company and role debut with Lyric Opera of Kansas City as Musetta in La bohème. In the summer of 2020, she was to become an inaugural member of the Aspen Opera Theater and Vocal ARTS program, led by Renée Fleming and Patrick Summers, singing the role of Rosasharn in Ricky Ian Gordon’s The Grapes of Wrath (cancelled due to COVID-19). She was also slated to join the Britt Festival Orchestra as the soprano soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, conducted by Teddy Abrams (cancelled). For the 2018-2019 season, she joined the Benenson Young Artist Program at Palm Beach Opera where she appeared in the Rising Stars Concert, and covered Zerlina in Don Giovanni and Adele in Die Fledermaus. D’Eramo then joined the Glens Falls Symphony as the soprano soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and returned to Santa Fe Opera for her second year as an Apprentice, where she covered Mimì in La bohème and sang Barena in Jenůfa.
In her first year as a Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Artist, she was heard as Cugina in Madama Butterfly. During her studies at Yale University, she saw performances as Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel and Pamina in Die Zauberflöte. In concert, she joined the Marvin Concert Series in her home state of Texas for Verdi’s Requiem, and Yale Philharmonia for Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 under the baton of Maestro Marin Alsop.
Sylvia D’Eramo can be heard on Albany Records’ 2017 recording of The Crucible by Robert Ward in the role of Abigail Williams. She is a winner in the Dallas Opera Vocal Competition and the Lois Alba Aria Competition and the recipient of an encouragement award from the Career Bridges Foundation and the Jensen Foundation. She has received career grants from the Santa Fe Opera, the Giulio Gari Foundation, the Olga Forrai Foundation and was a National Semi-Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2019.
© CSAM, August 2023