Kathleen Moore and Steven Homer/Nancy Haywood Fellow
About the artist:
A second-year HGO Studio artist from Baltimore, Raven McMillon was recently recognized as a 2021 Grand Finals Winner in the Metropolitan Opera’s Eric and Dominique Laffont Competition. For HGO’s 2021-22 season, McMillon will perform the role of Frasquita in Carmen, Peter in The Snowy Day, and Papagena in The Magic Flute. During the 2020-21 HGO Digital season, McMillon performed the roles of Rona Richards in The Impresario; Peter in The Making of The Snowy Day, an Opera for All; and Gretel in Hansel and Gretel. She also featured in the HGO Digital concert Giving Voice and performed as Sister Margaretta in HGO’s My Favorite Things: Songs from The Sound of Music. McMillon received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Vocal Performance at Carnegie Mellon University and completed her graduate degree at the University of Cincinnati College – Conservatory of Music (CCM). Her opera credits include Adele in Die Fledermaus; the title role in Goldie B. Locks and the Three Singing Bears; Linfea in La Calisto; and Barbarina in The Marriage of Figaro. In addition to her opera credits, McMillon has also workshopped new roles such as Mary in Chiao’s The Secret Codes of Mary Bowser and Lucy in Picker’s Awakenings. Her recent roles included La Princesse in L’enfant et les sortilèges with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Papagena in The Magic Flute at CCM in the summer of 2020, which were canceled due to COVID-19. This summer she performed the role of Frasquita in Carmen with Cincinnati Opera. Later this season, she joins Opera Philadelphia in her role and company debuts as Gilda in Rigoletto.
HGO appearances: Frasquita in Carmen; Peter in The Snowy Day; Papagena in The Magic Flute. Second-year HGO Studio artist.
Previously at HGO: Rona Richards in The Impresario; Peter in The Making of The Snowy Day; Gretel in Hansel and Gretel; Sister Margaretta in My Favorite Things.
Artist’s website: https://ravenmcmillon.com/