Grammy Award-winning soprano Audrey Luna regularly performs on the world’s greatest stages including the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Houston Grand Opera, Teatro La Fenice, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Den Norske Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Opéra de Montréal, Cleveland Orchestra, Opera Hong Kong, Berlin Philharmonic, Salzburg Festival, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, San Francisco Symphony, Seattle Symphony, London Symphony Orchestra, and Carnegie Hall. This season she joins Vancouver Opera to sing one of her signature roles, the Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte.
Audrey Luna made her début in the role at the Metropolitan Opera in Julie Taymor’s beloved production and continued with roles such as Najade in Ariadne auf Naxos, Fiakermilli in Arabella, and Olympia in Les contes d’Hoffmann. She set the record for singing the highest written note on the Metropolitan Opera stage, A6, in the role of Leticia for the American premiere production of Thomas Adès’ new opera The Exterminating Angel, a role she also sang in the world premiere at the Salzburg Festival and in her début with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden. She worked closely with choreographer Crystal Pite for her musically and physically triumphant performance of Ariel in The Tempest at the Met, of which The New York Times said, “Mr. Adès’s Ariel is a dazzling creation, and Ms. Luna conquers the role.” This performance is available on DVD with Deutsche Grammophon; the DVD was awarded a French Diapason d’Or and a Grammy Award for “Best Opera Recording.” [read more...]
Nixon in China – "Charismatic and domineering with a tone worthy of a 20th-century Queen of the Night was soprano Audrey Luna as Madame Mao, the leader's fourth wife" – La Vanguardia
Die Zauberflöte – "...the Queen of the Night (the brilliant soprano Audrey Luna, renowned for her effortless stratospheric high notes), who sings from a platform high up on the wall, is portrayed as a terrifying "spider-like creature with tentacles that can ensnare anyone." – The New York Times
Le Grand Macabre – "The performance of Audrey Luna is not only striking and special, as she occasionally wears a kind of crown in the form of an extremely long-legged spider on her head as she sings the murderous coloratura, No, it's because these coloraturas seem to spill out of her easily, yet they do not stop her from being ravishingly funny." – Das Opernmagazin
The Exterminating Angel – "The temperamental and exceptional nature of the opera singer, Leticia, whom the others call "The Valkyrie," is expressed through an excruciatingly high tessitura and jagged vocal line; it is hard to imagine anyone other than the remarkable Audrey Luna, for whom it was written, being able to sing it." – The Wall Street Journal
Carmina Burana – "Soprano Audrey Luna is perhaps best known for singing stratospheric soprano roles in Thomas Adès’s operas The Tempest and The Exterminating Angel. Her ability to move instantly from the bottom of her range to the top while maintaining sweetness of sound served her well here. Her movements In trutina mentis dubiaand Dulcissime were close to perfect." – Bachtrack