|Miller, Erica||Coloratura soprano|
|Erica Miller, soprano, made her European debut in the fall of 2008 singing Königin der Nacht in Die Zauberflöte with the Deutsche Oper Berlin. This is becoming her signature role, as she has also performed Königin at Opera North and most recently at the Festival Internacional de Música de Almansa in Spain last July.
For the 2008-2009 season, Ms. Miller was a member of the Deutsche Oper Berlin ensemble, singing nine performances of Königin and nine other roles with the company, and was also a cover for five roles, including Zerbinetta, for which she sang 10 days of rehearsals.
In the fall, she was invited to the 2008 Beijing Music Festival to sing in the opening concert in the Forbidden City Concert Hall, and to cover Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier and Ein junger Hirt in Tannhäuser.
Ms. Miller’s year at Deutsche Oper Berlin was made possible through the Curt Engelhorn Scholarship of The Opera Foundation, Inc.
Past opera roles have included the Maid in Thomas Adès’s 1995 opera, Powder Her Face, which she performed with the composer conducting, Königin der Nacht, Poppea (Agrippina), Elettra (Idomeneo), Adele, Frasquita, Ein junger Hirt (Tannhäuser), Despina, Erste Elfe (Die Ägyptische Helena), Madame Silberklang, La Novice (Marie Victoire) Jennie Parsons (Down in the Valley), Papagena, Annina (La Traviata), and Barbarina with the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the USC Thornton Opera, the Bay View Opera, the Westminster Opera Theatre, Opera North, and the Green Mountain Opera Festival.
In addition to winning the Curt Engelhorn Scholarship, she was named the only female finalist in the Philadelphia Orchestra’s 2008 Greenfield Competition. In her five and a half years spent in Los Angeles, Ms. Miller was a winner in 10 competitions, and was a 2006 finalist in the Western Region of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
Ms. Miller completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in December 2007 at the University of Southern California, where she also received her Master of Music degree in 2004. Her major was Voice Performance, with minor fields in 20th Century Music Theory Analysis, Opera Directing, and Vocal Jazz Pedagogy. At USC, she was a student of Cynthia Munzer, and worked extensively with director Ken Cazan and conductor Brent McMunn. Her Bachelor of Music degree is from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ.
Upcoming performances include the roles of Lucia, Gilda, and Blondchen with Opera in the Heights in Houston, TX.