Performance Year: 2023
American mezzo-soprano Ronnita Miller continued her upward career trajectory in the 2022-2023 season as Big Stone in Matthew Aucoin’s Eurydice with the Metropolitan Opera, Filipyevna in Eugene Onegin with San Francisco Opera, and Ella in Anthony Davis’ X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X with Michigan Opera Theatre. Other recent credits include a return to Lyric Opera Chicago in her signature role of Erda in Siegfried and further performances of Erda in Das Rheingold at Teatro Real in Madrid before returning to the Metropolitan Opera to sing First Norn in Götterdämmerung and to Tanglewood to sing Schwertleite in Die Walküre.
In previous seasons, she sang Mary in Der Fliegende Holländer at the Ravinia Festival, a role she also sang at Los Angeles Opera, and Mistress Quickly in Los Angeles Opera’s Falstaff. She sang in the Cincinnati May Festival in the Mahler’s Eighth Symphony and in a special anniversary performance of Nathaniel Dett’s The Ordering of Moses under the baton of James Conlon, which was also presented at New York’s Carnegie Hall in a live broadcast performance. In the UK, she sang First Norn at the Edinburgh International Festival with Sir Andrew Davis and at Brighton Festival. In the US, she joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to sing Mamma Lucia in Cavalleria Rusticana under the baton of Riccardo Muti. She also made her debut at the Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam as Fricka in a performance of Die Walküre conducted by Jaap van Zweden. Other highlights include the role of Amando in Le Grand Macabre under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle with both the London Symphony Orchestra and the Berlin Philharmonic as well as Verdi’s Requiem at Staatsoper Hannover.
Ms. Miller joined the ensemble at the Deutsche Oper Berlin for the 2013-14 season and made her house and role debut of Fenena in Nabucco as well as Grimgerde in Die Walküre and First Norn in Götterdämmerung. Other roles since at Deutsche Oper Berlin include Anna (Les Troyens), Dryade (Ariadne auf Naxos), Bianca (The Rape of Lucretia), Alice (Lucia di Lammermoor), Filipyevna (Eugene Onegin), Wowkle (La Fanciulla del West), Geneviève (Pelléas et Mélisande), Maddalena/Giovanna (Rigoletto), the Handmaiden (L’invisible), Fenena (Nabucco), Marcellina (Le nozze di Figaro), Marthe Schwertlein (Faust), Mamma Lucia (Cavalleria Rusticana), Third Lady (Die Zauberflöte), Mary (Der fliegende Holländer), Madelon (Andrea Chenier), and Ulrica (Un ballo in maschera).