Erica Schuller

biography

Praised for her lively personality, abundant charm, and luscious vocalism (Chicago Tribune), soprano Erica Schuller is a versatile performer, bringing committed artistry to a broad musical repertory. Her particular affinity for Baroque repertoire has brought her increasing attention from some of the country's finest Early Music ensembles. Upcoming engagements include roles and concert appearances with Apollo's Fire, The Haymarket Opera Company, Bella Voce, and the newly created San Francisco-based group, Theater Comique.

This past season, Ms. Schuller sang debut performances with Apollo's Fire and Ars Lyrica Houston, both internationally recognized Baroque orchestras. Regarding her performances of W.A. Mozart's renowed cantata Exsultate, Jubilate, with Ars Lyrica, American Organist Magazine reported "Soprano soloist Erica Schuller made use of a vivid dynamic palette and assured, glittering coloratura to renew this classic." Other noteworthy debut apperances include performances of Mozart and Handel with New Trinity Baroque Orchestra in Atlanta, and Whitbourne's Annelies with the Lincoln Trio. This Spring she reprised the role of Livietta in Pergolesi's Livietta e Tracollo with the Boston Early Music Festival, and also performed supporting roles in their opera centerpiece, Campra's Carnaval de Venise.

Past performances include the roles of Oriana in Handel's Amadigi di Gaula, Vespetta in Telemann's Pimpinone and Lisetta in Scarlatti’s Gli equivoci nel sembiante, all with The Haymarket Opera Company in Chicago. As Livietta in Pergolesi’s Livietta e Tracollo with the Boston Early Music Festival, she was praised for her "clear and perfectly articulated execution of her arias" by the Boston Music Intelligencer. She has performed several roles with Skylight Opera Theater, including Marzelline in Beethoven’s Fidelio and Soprano 2 in Glass’s Hydrogen Jukebox with Skylight Theatre. In 2015 she created the roles of Joan Strasinsky and The Princess for the world premiere of a newly composed opera, The Snow Dragon, by award winning novelist and composer Somtow Sucharitkul, and was described as "ethereal" by Broadway World Magazine. It was presented by Skylight Opera Theater, and she was invited to repise these roles in Thailand with Opera Siam later that year. Her performances of these roles were described as "ethereal" by Broadway World. Additional roles include Elvira in Rossini’s L’italiana in Algeri and Second Woman in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas with The Florentine Opera Company; as well as concert engagements with the Great Lakes Baroque, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Bach Choir, the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, Second City Musick and Bella Voce. Other operatic highlights include Armida in Handel’s Rinaldo, Pamina in Mozart’s Magic Flute, Belinda in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, and Amor in Cavalli’s L’Egisto, Noémie in Massenet’s Cendrillon, Euridice in Rossi’s L’Orfeo and Lazuli in Chabrier’s L’Étoile

In addition to her work on the opera stage, Ms. Schuller can be heard as the voice of Marte in Duron’s Salir el Amor del Mundo, recorded for the Dorian Record Label with Richard Savino and El Mundo. She can also be heard on the Boston Early Music Festival's Grammy-nominated recording of Lully’s opera Psyché, which was performed in Boston in 2007.

Originally from Wisconsin, Ms. Schuller received her Master of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and holds degrees in Vocal Performance and Music Education from the Eastman School of Music. She currently lives and teaches voice lessons in Chicago through The Chicago School of Music.