Meredith LustigActor, Soprano

Having recently completed her graduate studies at the Juilliard School, the captivating American soprano Meredith Lustig is already establishing herself as an emerging artist of great distinction. During the 2010/2011 season, she made her New York City Opera debut in L’Elisir d’amore. Of her performance as Giannetta, the Wall Street Journal writes, “Another find is Meredith Lustig, whose bright soprano and eye-catching good looks make her a scene-stealer.” Additionally for New York City Opera, she covered the role of Max in Oliver Knussen’s Where the Wild Things Are, and participated in the 2011 VOX Festival of new operas.

During the 2011/2012 season, Miss Lustig returned to City Opera as Cephisa in Telemann’s Orpheus, and joined the Aspen Opera Theater Center as Daisy in Harbisons, The Great Gatsby conducted by Anne Manson. Miss Lustig was selected as one of Caramoor’s 2012 Vocal Rising Stars with the New York Festival of Song, where she participated in the program, New York to Paris, Paris to Paradise at both Caramoor and Merkin Hall. In the fall of 2011, she made a last minute appearance as the First Officer and cover of Sophie in Peter Maxwell Davis US premier of Kommilitonen at the Juilliard School.

In 2012 Miss Lustig became a Resident Artist with Pittsburgh Opera where she sang the roles of Clorinda in La Cenerentola and Carolina in Il Matrimonio Segreto, and covered the roles of Gilda in Rigoletto and Zerlina in Don Giovanni. She also made her debut with the Erie Philharmonic as a soloist in Verdi’s Stabat Mater. Miss. Lustig is currently enjoying her second year as a Resident Artist where she will perform the roles of Papagena in The Magic Flute, Zina in Dark Sisters, and Musetta in La Boheme (Student Matinee). She aslo returns to the Erie Philharmonic to be the Soprano Soloist in Carmina Burana.

At Juilliard, where she also earned her undergraduate degree, Ms. Lustig’s operatic roles have included Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, Venere in Cavalli’s La Doriclea, Isabel Wentworth in Virgil Thomson’s The Mother of Us All, and the title role in Poulenc’s Les mamelles de Tirésias. She has worked with the Baroque ensemble Juilliard415 in an excerpt from Thomas Arne’s Thomas and Sally at Alice Tully Hall, under the baton of William Christie. Miss Lustig’s concert appearances also include the soprano soloist in the Faure Requiem with Cantori New York.

A great lover of the recital repertoire, Ms. Lustig enjoyed the summer of 2013 at the Ravinia Steans Institute and made her debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as a soloist in Vaughn Williams Serenade to Music. Ms. Lustig enjoys a close collaboration with Michael Barrett and Steven Blier at the New York Festival of Song, with appearances in multiple programs including “Killer Bs,” “Latin Lovers,” “Road Trip,” and “Carried Away.” Equally accomplished in musical theatre repertoire, she made her debut at New York’s Town Hall, where she was named one of their 2010 Broadway Rising Stars. She has sung at Boston’s Symphony Hall as a soloist on the prestigious radio program “From the Top;” at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall with the New York Festival of Song, Alice Tully Hall, and at Lincoln Center’s Peter Jay Sharp Theatre.

Miss Lustig has had the pleasure of spending past summers as a Young Artist with Glimmerglass Opera, where she made her debut as Ancella in Cherubini’s Medea and covered the role of Ruth in Later the Same Evening. She looks forward to returning to the program this summer to sing the role of Bella Griffiths in An American Tragedy. Miss Lustig has also been the recipient of a Stern Fellowship at the Songfest Program, where she was given the opportunity to work with Martin Katz, Graham Johnson, Margo Garrett, and John Musto. Awards and honors include 2012 Regional Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (Pittsburgh); third place winner of the Great Lakes District of the MONCA; the Barbara E. Maze Award and the Achtmayer Award from the Handel and Haydn Society; the Bel Canto Award and the New York Opera Project Award from the Bel Canto Institute; and the William Randolph Hearst, Dr. and Mrs. Gottfried Duschak, and Cecille Weber Memorial scholarships at the Juilliard School and was honored to be the recipient of the institution’s first Novick Career Grant.
(January 2014)