Hailed by Opera News as “first rate,” Megan Cullen is a young, dramatic soprano whose powerful voice and compelling characterizations are capturing the devotion of audiences throughout the world. Ms. Cullen received critical acclaim for her performance as Brünnhilde in Die Walküre at the Norwegian National Theater in Oslo, as part of the workshop company, LidalNorth. This was her second Brünnhilde in Die Walküre, as she debuted the role with Verismo Opera in 2013. Also in 2013, Megan covered the fiendish title role, and sang Die Aufseherin, in Strauss’ Elektra with Des Moines Metro Opera. Within the German repertory, Ms. Cullen has also sung Ortlinde (Sarasota Opera), Venus (Wagner Intensive), and Ariadne (Opera Riconosciuta). Other roles Megan has sung, covered, and/or studied, include Helmwige, Donna Elvira, Turandot, Donna Anna, Suor Angelica, Senta, Elettra (Idomeneo), Elisabetta (Maria Stuarda), Ortrud, Lisa (Pique Dame), Brünnhilde (Siegfried, Götterdämmerung), and Mother (Hansel and Gretel).
Megan is a popular recitalist, and recently has given concerts for the Wagner Society of Northern California and Musik in der Kirche, a series devoted to the perpetuation and development of German music, poetry, and culture in the US. A champion of new music, Ms. Cullen has premiered works of vocal chamber music in New York and Boston, and is a frequent featured artist with the Opus Project, as part of the Berkeley Arts’ Festival. In the realm of contemporary opera, Megan has sung The Faithful Seductress in Amy Beth Kirsten’s critically acclaimed opera Ophelia Forever with Goat Hall Chamber Opera, and she sang her first “pants” role as The Boss / Carlson in Mark Alburger’s Mice Suites, a contemporary look at Steinbeck’s epic play, with San Francisco Cabaret Opera.
Recent accolades include the Raphael Bundage Young Artist Award from the National Orpheus Vocal Competition (2014), 2nd place in the Rio Hondo Symphony Young Artists’ Competition (2014), 2nd place in the East Bay Opera League Scholarship Competition (2013), and a grant from the Fresno Musical Club (2013). Ms. Cullen has also been recognized by the International Liszt Competition (3rd place, 2010), the Bell T. Ritchie Awards, the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and the Deutscher Akademischer Austauch Dienst.
Ms. Cullen studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Boston University, and The Juilliard School.