Noted for her “easy stage manner and refined voice” (Chicago Classical Review), Mezzo-Soprano Lindsay Metzger began her 2019-20 season by returning to Haymarket Opera Company to perform the role of Mauxalinda in Lampe’s The Dragon of Wantley. Shortly after, Ms. Metzger will return to Dallas Opera as the mezzo soloist in Stravinsky’s Pulcinella and will cover the role of Elle in Poulenc’s La voix humaine. A superior interpreter of trouser roles, she looks forward to making her company debut with Austin Opera in the role of Cherubino from Le nozze di Figaro in the fall.
Ms. Metzger made her company debut with Dallas Opera during the 2018-19 season as Mercédès in Carmen, followed by her debut with The Glimmerglass Festival as Flora in La Traviata. Additionally, she joined the Houston Grand Opera covering the role of Malibran/Mozart/Nancy DaPonte in their world premiere production of Tarik O’Regan and John Caird’s The Phoenix. For an exciting European debut, Ms. Metzger had the pleasure of performing the role of Opera Box Ghost in The Ghosts of Versailles which took place at the Chateau de Versailles. In the summer of 2018, Ms. Metzger made both her company and role debut as Nicklausse in Les contes d’Hoffmann at the Aspen Music Festival, as well as covering the role of Rosina in their production of Il barbiere di Siviglia.
A graduate of the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Ryan Opera Center, Ms. Metzger returned to Chicago for the 2018-19 season to cover the role of Eva Crowley in Matthew Ozawa’s new production of Jack Perla’s An American Dream. She has been seen on the stage of the Lyric in the roles of Mercédès in Carmen, Garcias in Don Quichotte, Alisa in Lucia di Lammermoor, as well as supporting roles in Der Rosenkavalier and Le nozze di Figaro. Additionally, Ms. Metzger covered several roles at the Lyric Opera, including Dinah in Trouble in Tahiti, Siebel in Faust, Dorabella in Così fan tutte, Second Lady in Die Zauberflöte, Stephano in Romeo et Juliette, and Tisbe in La cenerentola. Additional roles credits include Giannetta in L’elisir d’amore with Florentine Opera, Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro with La Musica Lirica in Novafeltria, Italy, and a debut with Chicago’s Haymarket Opera Company as Daphné in Charpertier’s La descente d’Orphée aux enfers.
A frequent and sought after performer with Chicago’s leading arts organizations, Ms. Metzger debuted with the Grant Park Music Festival as the soprano soloist in Fauré’s Requiem and with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago in a program featuring the works of Berlioz and Verdi. Highly successful in the competition circuit as well, Ms. Metzger won the 2017 Metropolitan Opera National Council District Auditions, won second place in the 2018 Opera Birmingham Competition, and was featured as a finalist in the 30th Annual Dallas Opera Guild Competition. Ms. Metzger was awarded the Richard F. Gold Career Grant from the Shoshana Foundation, the 2017 Luminarts Fellowship in Women’s Classical Voice, the Best Vocal Artist prize from the American Opera Society, the Paul Collins Fellowship from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the Virginia Cooper Meier Award from the Musician’s Club of Women.
Ms. Metzger was an Apprentice Artist with Des Moines Metro Opera, a Studio Artist with Florentine Opera, and an Opera Fellow at the Aspen Music Festival. She holds a BM from DePaul University and an MM from University of Wisconsin-Madison.