Contralto Sharmay Musacchio (she/her) has won critical acclaim for her work spanning both the dramatic repertoire and contemporary opera, notably, originating the role of Iphigenia the Elder in the world premiere and ongoing tour of …(Iphigenia), a new opera by Wayne Shorter and esperanza spalding performed at the Kennedy Center and various other venues. Ms. Musacchio made her debut as the Auntie in The Scarlet Ibis, a new opera by David Cote and Stefan Wiseman – A Chicago premiere presented by the Chicago Opera Theatre. Last season, Ms. Musacchio returned to the The Metropolitan Opera’s artist roster for Akhnaten as well as made her role debut as Sotopenre in Akhnaten with the LAOpera.
For the Covid-19 impacted 2020-2021 season, Ms. Musacchio’s planned engagements included a return to The Metropolitan Opera performing the role of Unborn 5 and covering a Voice From Above in Die Frau ohne Schatten in addition to making her role debut as Berta in Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera’s production of The Barber of Seville.
Sharmay Musacchio made her Metropolitan Opera debut as a novice in Suor Angelica, while also covering La Servante in Manon, and Sotopenre in Akhnaten. Recently at the LA Opera, Ms. Musacchio performed the roles of Frasquita in El Gato Montes, La Voix in The Tales of Hoffmann, Giovanna in Rigoletto, and covered the roles of Herodias in Salome and Nefertiti in Akhnaten. In previous seasons, Ms. Musacchio has performed the roles of Mrs. Grose in The Turn of the Screw and La Vecchia in L’Amore dei tre re, both with the New York City Opera, as well as Dame Carothers in The Yeomen of the Guard with Winter Opera Theatre St. Louis, Zita in Gianni Schicchi with Pacific Opera Project and Opera Southwest, Mistress Quickly in Falstaff with Pacific Opera Project, Principessa in Suor Angelica with Opera Southwest, Eunice in a Streetcar Named Desire with Fresno Grand Opera and Townsend Opera, the Mother in Martinu’s Tears of the Knife presented by Bodhi Tree Concerts at the San Diego International Fringe Festival, and was a Maiden in The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny in their Grammy award winning production with LA Opera. Ms. Musacchio is looking forward to her debut as La Frugola in Il Tabarro with On Site Opera in the Spring of 2023.
On the symphonic stage, Ms. Musacchio has performed as the Alto Soloist in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with The Peninsula Symphony, Verdi’s Requiem with The Masterworks Chorale, Vivaldi’s Gloria at Carnegie Hall, Handel’s Messiah with the San Diego Chamber Orchestra, San Diego City Ballet Symphony, and at Davies Symphony Hall with the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Sharmay has her M.M and Bachelor’s of Music in Vocal Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.