|Weston, Megan||Coloratura soprano|
| Hailed as a singer of “remarkable virtuosity and charm” (Financial Times), “a gorgeous, light lyric soprano” (Opera Magazine), and “strong and persuasive” (The New York Times), Megan Weston gained international attention for her portrayal of Lisa in La sonnambula at the Caramoor Music Festival conducted by Will Crutchfield. In her "show-stopping" turn as Olympia in Les contes d’Hoffmann with Tulsa Opera, her performance was described as “the perfect mix of vocal control, physicality and humor” (Tulsa World), and in her San Diego Opera debut as Lightfoot McClendon in the world premiere co-production of Carlisle Floyd’s Cold Sassy Tree, she was called "excellent" (Opera News) and "magnificent" (KPBS).
Megan Weston creates the role of Ann Lovell in the world premiere of Harold Farberman's opera Diamond Street with the Bard National Conductors Institute in July and at the Hudson Opera House in October. Later this summer, she sings concerts in the Aquitaine region of France with the St. Amand de Vergt Festival, Entrée des Artistes Festival in Siorac, and at Les Jardins de Sardy in Vélines. Described as "the jewel in the crown" by the Cape Cod Times, Megan Weston returns for holiday concerts with the Cape Cod Symphony in December. Next up she premieres several new chamber music works with New Music New York at the Tenri Cultural Center in New York City.
This past season her performances included Messiah with the Bach Collegium San Diego and Orchestra Nova (formerly the San Diego Chamber Orchestra) conducted by Jung-Ho Pak, Jenny Lind in the US premiere of Chopin and the Nightingale at the Sembrich Festival of Chopin with the Lake George Theater Lab, Brahms’ Ein deutches Requiem with Seattle’s Cascadian Chorale, and Verdi’s Messa da Requiem with the Long Island Choral Society. In the 2007-2008 season she sang Norina in Don Pasquale with Lyric Opera San Diego, debuted with the Cape Cod Symphony, performed Messiah solos with the Choir of Hendon St. Mary, London, England, and sang Copland’s Poems of Emily Dickinson and Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with Orchestra Nova. A frequent collaborator with American composers, she created the role of Helen of Troy in a concert reading of Myron Fink’s opera The Trojan Women for San Diego Opera. Her association with The Juilliard School’s Composition Department has resulted in many recordings and performances of new works.
Megan Weston's operatic portrayals have included the rambunctious Lapak in The Cunning Little Vixen with Tulsa Opera, Zerlina in Don Giovanni with Center City Opera Philadelphia, Amore in L'incoronazione di Poppea with Utah Opera, Norina in Don Pasquale with West Bay Opera, and Adele in Die Fledermaus with New Haven Symphony Orchestra. A house soprano for several seasons with Lyric Opera San Diego, she performed Cunegonde in Candide, Blondchen in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Lisa in Countess Maritza, Lucy Lockit in Britten's adaptation of Gay's The Beggar's Opera, Annina in A Night in Venice, Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, and the title character in Kálmán’s The Gypsy Princess. She made her professional debut as Dorine in Kirke Mechem's Tartuffe with Opera San Jose, and appeared with Los Angeles Concert Opera in such roles as Valencienne in The Merry Widow, Juliette in The Count of Luxembourg, and Stasie in The Czardas Princess.
Megan Weston debuted at Carnegie Hall in Mozart’s Coronation Mass in 2005, and appeared internationally on The Classical Hour for Japan's NHK Television Network. She sang Carmina Burana with the San Diego Symphony, and was a soloist with the Orchestra of St. Luke's, Canada's Elora Festival Singers, Capistrano Valley Symphony, the San Diego Men's Chorus, and appeared with the Lyric Recovery Festival at Carnegie Hall. She has sung recitals for the Sedona Chamber Music Society, Marcella Sembrich Foundation at the Hyde Collection, West Valley Art Museum, Arizona, and the Pierre Monteux Festival in Maine. She made over thirty appearances in five seasons of summer concerts with the San Diego Chamber Orchestra conducted by Donald Barra.
A 2009 recipient of an Anna Sosenko Trust Grant, the Californian has received many top awards from such esteemed organizations as the Gerda Lissner, Lee Schaenen, Joyce Dutka, and Léni Fé Bland Foundations, Metropolitan Opera National Council Western Regional and Orange County Auditions, the Luciano Pavarotti, Opera Guild of Southern California, NATS-LA, and Zachary Competitions. She has taught master classes for the San Diego Chamber Orchestra and La Sierra University.
As a member of the San Diego Opera Ensemble Young Artist Program, Utah Opera Studio Artist Program, and Caramoor Bel Canto Soloists, Megan Weston performed Despina in a production of Così fan tutte, Annina in La traviata, and toured as Rosina in The Barber of Seville throughout Southern California and Mexico. She covered Amina in La sonnambula, Juliette in Roméo et Juliette, Drusilla in L'incoronazione di Poppea, and the Ghost of Doña Leonora in Myron Fink’s The Conquistador. Under a full music scholarship she earned a BM from California State University Fullerton, and received further training at at the Hornberg Institute, Germany with Horst Günter, and the Aspen Opera Theater Center where she performed roles in the US premiere of Augusta Read Thomas’ Ligeia.