"...intense and brimming with emotions, managing to sing in a soft voice, but projecting it strongly in the whole house, she had us on the edge of our seat"
SfistBy Cedric- August 21, 2007
Meredith Woodend, Mezzo-soprano has been described as “intense and brimming with emotions.” This summer Meredith will cover the role of La Voix in Santa Fe Opera's production of Les Contes d'Hoffmann. Meredith's most recent performance was with Orlando Opera as the Abbess in Suor Angelica. The summer of 2008 she was an Apprentice Artist with Santa Fe Opera where she covered the role of Mistress Quickly in Falstaff and sang the character of Ursula in a duet from Beatrice and Benedict in the scenes concert. In 2007 she originated the role of Bluebell Pooder in Thomas Passatieri’s world premiere of the Hotel Casablanca with San Francisco’s Merola Opera Program. She was a Studio Artist with the Orlando Opera Company for three seasons and performed the roles of Ruth in The Pirates of Penzance, Mother in Madama Butterfly, and was a soloist in Turandot. Ms. Woodend had the opportunity to cover the role of Dalila in Samson et Dalila with Orlando as well. Other roles Ms. Woodend has performed are Flora in La Traviata, Gertrude in Romeo et Juliette and The Third Lady in The Magic Flute.
Ms. Woodend has been a Semi-finalist for the George London Foundation, the Licia Albanese- Puccini Foundation, the Liederkranz Foundation, the Elardo International Opera Singer Competition, the Jensen Foundation Awards and the Metropolitan Opera National Council New England Region. She received second place in the Heinz Rehfuss Singing Actor Awards and was a Finalist for the Boston University Concerto Competition. She has performed with Santa Fe Opera, San Francisco’s Merola Opera Program, Orlando Opera, Dicapo Opera Theater, Connecticut Grand Opera and New Rochelle Opera. Ms. Woodend received her Master of Music degree from Boston University and her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Florida. She is a student of Arthur Levy and Penelope Bitzas.