Kathleen Moore and Steven Homer/ Carolyn J. Levy Fellow
A second-year Butler Studio artist from Springfield, Pennsylvania, Renée Richardson performs the roles of Flower Maiden in Parsifal and Sister Margaretta in The Sound of Music, as well as covering the role of Mary Jane Bowser in Intelligence, during HGO’s 2023-24 season. During the 2022-23 season at HGO, she performed the roles of Annina in La traviata and Woman Whose Uncle Loved Maria Callas in Another City and appeared in Giving Voice. In the 2021-22 season she sang Mimì in Puccini’s La bohème at the Academy of Vocal Arts, where she studied with Bill Schuman. Also at AVA, she sang the Foreign Princess in Dvořák’s Rusalka, the title role and Suor Dolcina in Puccini’s Suor Angelica, and Inès in Donizetti’s La favorite. She holds a Professional Studies Diploma in Voice from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where her roles included Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Béatrice in Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénédict, and the title roles in Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Cherubini’s Medea. Richardson has been seen in several Pensacola Opera productions including Carmen, La bohème, and The Pirates of Penzance. She was the recipient of an A. Grace Lee Mims Scholarship for Negro Spirituals and was the soprano soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Kennett Symphony. She was recently named a finalist in the Vincerò Worldwide Opera Competition in Naples, Italy. This past summer, she debuted the role of Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with Wolf Trap Opera.
Annina: LA TRAVIATA 2022-23 (Mainstage and Miller Outdoor Theatre)
Woman Whose Uncle Loved Maria Callas: ANOTHER CITY 2022-23 (World premiere, Ecclesia Houston)