North American soprano Erin O’Meally lives most of her time in Berlin, Germany while also spending part of her year on the East Coast of the United States of America. Erin is praised for her "delightfully operatic lyric soprano” and her “lovely expressive face”, and for being “irresistibly charming” (The Independent) both nationally and internationally.
Ms. O’Meally is quickly gaining a great reputation in Berlin for her versatile and electric performances. She made her debut at the Berlin Philharmonie in a Gala Konzert titled"Drei Pianisten", in December of 2022 and she will be returning to the Philharmonie to sing in December of 2023. She is featured in various performances around Berlin as an Opera/Cabaret/Musical Theater singer and a Burlesque performer. While living in San Francisco, she established herself as a beloved and compelling performer. Erin became close friends with an award-winning composer named Michael Kropf while studying at the San Francisco Conservatory, and in November of 2022 she wowed the audience in her premier of a chamber song cycle called "Sweet Baby Movie Child" at the Barbro Osher Recital Hall. This piece was inspired by her incredible vocal flexibility. During the 2019-2020 season, she was featured in West Edge Opera’s bold production of Threepenny Opera directed by Elkahnah Pulitzer. As Lucy Brown, the proud, jilted lover of Macheath, she “played a good comic foil,” and “gave an energetic, convincing, and satisfying performance.” (Opera Wire) Throughout the season, she held a soprano AGMA position with the San Francisco Symphony Chorus. There, she performed under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas, including for a concert performance with Andrea Bocelli at the Chase Center in San Francisco. Ms. O’Meally “led the way” earlier in the year with her performance of Magda with Pocket Opera’s production of La Rondine, where “her clarion tone transmitted ardor and excitement.” (Opera Wire).
The 2017-2018 season included milestone performances that cemented Erin’s outstanding reputation. Her "stand-out" performance as headstrong Mabel with Lamplighters Music Theater in their powerful, feminist, 2018 production of The Pirates of Penzance earned her a nomination for “Outstanding Performance in a Principal Role in a Musical” with Theater Bay Area. That spring, Erin's riveting performance of Hélène in Pocket Opera's production of La Belle Hélène earned her widespread praise for her “sparkling voice” and for "[giving] her singing expressive and dynamic variety.” (San Francisco Classical Voice) Ms. O’Meally also debuted with Opera San Jose as Annina in their striking production of La Traviata, giving “authentic feeling,” and exhibiting a “poised, silvery soprano” that “was well-suited to Annina’s gentle phrases.” (Opera Today) In the fall of 2017, Ms. O’Meally deftly covered the role of Yvette in Puccini’s La Rondine. Earlier that year, she dazzled as Musetta in Pocket Opera’s production of La Bohème. That winter, she joined for the second time the prestigious Bracebridge Dinner performance series at the Majestic Hotel in Yosemite National Park.
Always seeking out new dramatic challenges, Ms. O’Meally is equally comfortable as a character actor and leading lady. Her particular talent for bringing to life Gilbert and Sullivan repertoire is evident in her extensive experience performing with Lamplighters Music Theatre. She has performed in The Mikado (Yum-Yum), Ruddigore (Rose Maybud), Yeomen of the Guard (Phoebe), and A Song To Sing, O! (featured soloist). Additionally, with San Francisco Opera’s Opera à La Carte school outreach program, Erin starred as Mabel in the touring production of The Pirates of Penzance. Combining her versatility with outreach, she also was featured in Opera Outings for the Il Cenacolo Italian Cultural Club (affiliates of the Merola and Adler Fellow Program at San Francisco Opera) from 2015-2019.
Erin is no stranger to new music or the concert stage. In 2019, she premiered the role of Queen Sarai in Culver Crest Productions’ Ammon and the King: Immigrant Speaks Truth to Power, performed in the heart of San Francisco’s famed Presidio. In 2018, she performed the Mozart Solemn Vespers with the Montclair Presbyterian Church as the soprano soloist.
As an award-winning soprano, Erin’s accolades include the First Prize in the Henry and Maria Holt Scholarship Competition in 2018, First Prize in the East Bay Opera League Competition in 2017, and Third Prize in the James Toland Tier II Vocal Competition earlier in 2017.
Masterclass experiences have figured significantly in Ms. O’Meally’s continued training. In 2016, in a Baroque masterclass with Dominique Labelle, she presented Barbara Strozzi’s Lagrime Mie, a piece she also performed during her 2016 graduate recital with theorbo and classical guitar. The previous year, she presented Guilietta’s aria Oh, Quante Volte for the celebrated soprano Deborah Voigt during a masterclass at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Erin earned her Master's Degree in Vocal Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 2016. While there, she performed the classic Baroque role of Drusilla in Monteverdi's L'Incoronazione di Poppea, the belty musical theater role of Lisa in A New Brain by William Finn, and gave a “show-stopping” interpretation of Purcell's Fairy Queen. (The Berkeley Daily Planet)
During the summer of 2013, Erin attended the Advanced Artists Program at OperaWorks. That same year, she completed her undergraduate studies at The Boston Conservatory at the Berklee College of Music. Highlights of her time there include the crossover role of Anne Sexton or “#2” in Conrad Susa’s Transformations, and the sensual role of La Chatte in Ravel’s L'Enfant et les Sortilèges. While at the Boston Conservatory, she studied voice with Patty Thom.
As a longtime lover of musical collaboration, Erin has been an active member in her band that was founded in San Francisco California called "Love Can't Save You Padme." They released their third album in January of 2023, and Erin's singing voice was reviewed as the bands "secret weapon" by an English radio station called "The Curve Ball".
Ms. O’Meally actively studies as well as teaches voice and music in Berlin, Germany, and regularly coaches virtually with international instructors.