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Sun-Ly Pierce


Mr. and Mrs. Charles G. Nickson/John Serpe and Tracy Maddox Fellow

About the artist:

Originally from Clinton, New York, Chinese American mezzo-soprano Sun-Ly Pierce is a second-year Butler Studio artist and the first prize winner in HGO’s 2020 Eleanor McCollum Competition Concert of Arias. For HGO’s 2021-22 season, she will perform the roles of Mercedes in Carmen, Sister Mathilde in Dialogues of the Carmelites, 2nd Lady in The Magic Flute, and Stephano in Romeo and Juliet. Last season with HGO, she appeared as Liesl in My Favorite Things: Songs from The Sound of Music and as Hansel in HGO Digital’s Hansel and Gretel. Pierce completed the graduate vocal arts program at the Bard College Conservatory of Music and holds a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from the Eastman School of Music. As a winner of the Marilyn Horne Song Competition, Pierce was set to perform on an international recital tour with pianist Chien-Lin Lu featuring the premiere of a new song cycle by two-time Grammy Award–winning composer Jennifer Higdon, which was canceled due to COVID-19. In the fall of 2019, Pierce joined the Broad Street Orchestra as Dorinda in Handel’s Acis and Galatea. She returned to the Music Academy of the West this summer as 2021 Vocal Fellow. 



HGO appearances: Mercedes in Carmen; Sister Mathilde in Dialogues des Carmélites; Second Lady in The Magic Flute; Stephano in Romeo and Juliet. Second-year HGO Studio artist. 

Previously at HGO: Hansel in Hansel and Gretel; Liesl in My Favorite Things: Songs from the Sound of Music. First prize winner in HGO’s 2020 Eleanor McCollum Competition Concert of Arias. 

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