Megan Taves, soprano, will be graduating from the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) in May of 2020, with an assistantship for a Master of Music in vocal performance, where she has studied with Rachel Inselman since 2014.
Her recent roles include ensemble member for Lyric Opera of the North’s (LOON) production of Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors in 2020, and their production of Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore in 2019. At UMD she covered the role of the Governess in Britten’s Turn of the Screw in 2019, performed the title role in Floyd’s Susannah in 2018, as well as the Countess in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro in 2018, Ayla in the 2017 world premiere of William Brueggemann’s Osseo, Son of the Evening Star, Belinda in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas in 2017, and was a member of the ensemble in The Duluth Underground’s production of Ruddigore by Gilbert and Sullivan in 2017.
Her oratorio experiences include performing as the soprano soloist in UMD’s 2019 production of Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man: A Mass For Peace.
In 2017, Ms. Taves was chosen to participate in an International collaborative exchange between the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Lyon and the University of Minnesota Duluth to sing in both a French/American art song recital and musical theater semi-staged recital in Duluth and in Lyon, France. She is a recipient of a 2018 Matinee Musicale scholarship, the 2019/2020 and 2018/2019 Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra Bakke Scholarship to be the soprano section leader, and is the 2019/2020 choral scholarship recipient at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Duluth.
Upcoming engagements in 2020 includes portraying the role of Laetitia in UMD’s production of Menotti’s The Old Maid and the Thief and a member of the ensemble for LOON’s production of Puccini’s Tosca.