Career highlights for American soprano Talise Trevigne include her celebrated portrayal in the title role Porgy and Bess at The Atlanta Opera; she returned as a TAO Company Principal Artist in Season 2020/21 as Nedda I Pagliacci. She joined Cincinnati Symphony for her concert debut with Louis Langree and appeared at Cincinnati Opera in their Gala season opening presenting material from their upcoming production of Castor and Patience in which she soon sings the title role. Trevigne played the role of Sunny desert in for Boston Lyric Opera in their exciting new episodic opera series devised for the small screen, curated and directed by James Darrah. Previous highlights include her return appearance with CBSO for Tippett’s A Child of our Time in performances in the UK and Germany conducted by Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla.
In an earlier season, Trevigne debuted the role of Ma in Missy Mazzoli/Royce Vavrek’s highly lauded Proving Up at Omaha Opera and at Lincoln Centre and went to Madison Opera to sing Nedda. At Theater Basel she appeared in the title role Madama Butterfly, and for her rendition of Christopher Rouse’s masterpiece Kabir Padavali with Albany Symphony she was honored with a 2016 Grammy Award nomination in the category Best Solo Classical CD. Other roles include Mabel Pirates of Penzance, Julie Showboat, Mimi La Boheme, Jemmy Guillaume Tell, Euridice Orfeo ed Euridice and the title role Manon.
Past successes include the role of Micaëla Carmen at Hawaii Opera Theatre and at San Diego Opera, and in Fort Worth she created the role of Clara JFK, a role she took to Opéra de Montréal, a Canadian debut. She sang Leila Les Pêcheurs de Perles at North Carolina Opera and the title role Iris at Bard SummerScape Festival. Another role debut brought Ophelia Hamlet into her repertoire at Fort Worth Opera, and she sang Getry’s rarely-heard L’Epreuve Villageoise in a recording and performances with Opera Lafayette. Her Heroines Les Contes d’Hoffmann at Opera de Lyon under the baton of Kazushi Ono were a great success, and she revived the roles at Israeli Opera with Frederic Chaslin.
Enjoying a long collaboration with composer Jake Heggie, Trevigne sang the world premiere of his song cycle Pieces of 9/11 – Memories from Houston at Houston Grand Opera, where she also inaugurated the role of Clara It’s a Wonderful Life. Her solo CD, At the Statue of Venus (GPR Records), written by Heggie and Glen Roven, quickly climbed to the top of the US record charts; she is also featured on Heggie’s CD release, here/after, songs of lost voices alongside Stephen Costello, Joyce DiDonato and Nathan Gunn. She established the role of Pip the cabin boy Moby-Dick, written for her, in the world premiere at Dallas Opera in 2010, and appeared as Pip at San Francisco Opera, at San Diego Opera and at Washington National Opera. In 2015, she brought the role of Sister Rose Dead Man Walking into her repertoire at Opera Parallel in San Francisco, and recently made her Lyric Opera of Chicago debut in the role.
Talise Trevigne made her UK stage debut as June Gibbons in the world premiere of Errollyn Wallen's The Silent Twins with Almeida Opera; she originated the title role in the world premiere of Judith Weir's Armida for the BBC. In 2007, she won the coveted Royal Philharmonic Society Music Award for her mesmerizing portrayal of Violetta in Graham Vick's La Traviata with Birmingham Opera and sang Gilda Rigoletto at the Dublin International Opera Festival in 2008. In her Australian debut, the Trevigne appeared as The Beloved in the world premiere of Liza Lim's The Navigator, directed by Barrie Kosky for the Melbourne International Festival, and she revived the role at the Chekhov International Arts Festival in Moscow and at the Bastille in Paris (December 2009).
In concert, the artist’s appearances include Cantaloube's Chants D'Auvergne, Satie's Socrate, Mahler's Second Symphony and Fourth Symphony, Barber's Prayers of Kierkegaar, Strauss' Vier letzte Lieder and Four Last Songs and Carmina Burana. Talise Trevigne studied at the Manhattan School of Music and graduated with her Master’s in Music. While still a student, she made her operatic debut under the direction of Julius Rudel as Violetta La Traviata and Zerlina Don Giovanni at the Aspen Music Festival.