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HGO Studio alumna Sun-Ly Pierce returns to the company for her first performance after graduating from the program in spring 2022. She was the first prize winner in HGO’s 2020 Eleanor McCollum Competition Concert of Arias. During HGO’s 2021-22 season, she performed as Mercedes in Carmen, Sister Mathilde in Dialogues of the Carmelites, 2nd Lady in The Magic Flute, and Stephano in Romeo and Juliet. In 2020-21 for 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. This season, Pierce will debut at Opera Philadelphia as Emilia in the company’s new production of Rossini’s Otello and at Detroit Opera as Arsamenes in Xerxes. She was a 2021 Vocal Fellow the Music Academy of the West, and in summer 2022, covered the role of Bao Chai in Dream of the Red Chamber at San Francisco Opera and sang Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni at the Aspen Music Festival. In 2019, she joined the Broad Street Orchestra as Dorinda in Handel’s Acis and Galatea. A winner of the Marilyn Horne Song Competition, 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.


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