Underwriters: Charlene and Chuck Nickson/Tracy Maddox and John Serpe
About the artist: Originally from Clinton, New York, Chinese American mezzo-soprano Sun-Ly Pierce recently won first place in the 32nd annual Concert of Arias competition. She completed her 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 will perform on an international recital tour with pianist Chien-Lin Lu. The tour includes appearances in Santa Barbara, Chicago, New York City, and London and will feature the premiere of a new song cycle written by two-time Grammy Award winning composer, Jennifer Higdon. The past fall, Pierce joined the Broad Street Orchestra as Dorinda in Handel’s Acis and Galatea. She was set to return to the Music Academy of the West this summer as a 2020 Vocal Fellow, performing the role of L’enfant in Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges and covering Hänsel in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel but this was canceled due to COVID-19.
HGO appearances: Kätchen in Werther (COVID-19 cancellation); Tisbe in La Cenerentola (COVID-19 cancellation), Sister Sophia in The Sound of Music. First-year HGO Studio artist.
Previously at HGO: First prize winner in HGO’s 2020 Eleanor McCollum Competition Concert of Arias.
Artist’s website: https://www.sunlypiercemezzo.com/