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American soprano, Veronica Richer, has been receiving recognition for her rich voice and dramatic characterizations, performing a wide variety of operatic repertoire and concert works. She was recently praised for her “fearless high register and good projection and enunciation", (The Boston Musical Intelligencer). This season, Veronica will sing the title role of Angelica in Puccini's Suor Angelica with the Bay View Music Festival in addition to Nella in Gianni Schicchi. Later this season, Veronica will be a first-year resident artist at the Academy of Vocal Arts.


During the 2021-2022 season, Veronica returned to Mexico as a young artist to make her international debut as Angelica, Suor Zelatrice/ Abadessa in Puccini’s Suor Angelica with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Michoacán under the baton of Jorge Parodi. She then sang the title role of Rusalka as well as Foreign Princess with the Luke Housner Workshop at the Academy of Vocal Arts. Veronica returned to her hometown of Bryan, Ohio for a Christmas Concert with the Toledo Symphony under the baton of Allain Trudel. The beginning of the season included performances with the Morelia Festival in Mexico where she covered the role of La Contessa ( Le Nozze di Figaro) as well as performed in scene selections as Mimi (La Boheme) in a gala concert streamed throughout Michoacán. As a young artist, she sang for the legendary Leone Magiera with the Bologna International Opera Academy in addition to scenes and recitals. 


Veronica has been in formal training programs at Luke Housner Workshop, the International Summer Opera Festival of Morelia, the Bologna International Opera Academy, The Eurasia Festival, the Chautauqua Voice Institute, among others. Veronica's roles for her 2020 season include Fiordiligi (Cosi fan tutte), Tatyana (Eugene Onegin), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), and Atalant (Xerse). During her time with Chautauqua, she studied with renowned voice teacher Marlena Malas and participated in masterclasses with Elizabeth Bishop, Craig Rutenberg, and Susan Graham. Ms. Richer’s professional engagement included Händel's Messiah with Camerata New York under the direction of Richard Owen. She was a recipient of the 2019 MONCA encouragement award, Connecticut District.


Previously, Ms. Richer sang the role of Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus) with Harvard College Opera. She made her first New York City appearance with the Manhattan Opera Studio where she debuted as Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) under the baton of Stephan Fillare and as a soloist at Carnegie Hall in a recital series. Veronica was a young artist with Opera Steamboat where she performed the roles of Frantik/Cricket/Jay/Chicken in The Cunning Little Vixen under the direction of Grant Preisser and Maestro Joshua Horsch. Ms. Richer was a studio artist with Opera in the Ozarks where she performed the role of Jack in Jack and the Beanstalk to thousands of children in Arkansas. She sang in the chorus of Carmen and as a soloist in Le Nozze di Figaro (Amanti Costanti) during her time in the Ozarks. 

In addition to opera, Veronica is an accomplished singer in oratorio, choral, and concert works. She has performed the soprano solos in Handel's Messiah, Mendelssohn's Elijah, and Britten's Rejoice in the Lamb. Veronica performed John Musto's Penelope's Songs in a concert series in collaboration with Mannes accompanist Dmitry Glivinskiy. Veronica has studied or performed excerpts of Violetta (La Traviata), Zkenka (Arabella), Anne Truelove (The Rake's Progress), and Marguerite (Faust). 


During her time in Boston, Ms. Richer performed as Olympia in the children's opera Pinocchio as well as the chorus for her favorite opera Eugene Onegin under the direction of Nathan Troup and Maestro Andrew Altenbach. She was seen in numerous recitals around the greater Boston region as well as a regularly featured soloist in The Boston Conservatory's Choral program under the direction of Dr. George Case. Ms. Richer made her professional appearance performing with Odyssey Opera of Boston during their production of The Maid of Orléans.  She is a member of The National Honor's Society of Music, Pi Kappa Lambda.
A supporter of new compositions, Veronica debuted a collaborative contemporary opera titled The Art of Change under the direction of Jean- Baptiste Barrière that featured electronic music as well as vocal improvisation. Veronica also performed selections from Philip Glass' Music in 12 Parts with the Philip Glass Ensemb

Veronica holds a Master's degree from Mannes School of Music and a Bachelor of Music from the Boston Conservatory. Veronica is also a talented violinist and passionate voice teacher. She grew up in Bryan, Ohio and currently resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she is a student of Luis Ledesma's at the Academy of Vocal Arts


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