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Meagan Searles Todd

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Praise for Savitri:
"The performance was keyed to the striking vigor and passion of Meagan Searles Todd in the title role. "Savitri” immediately takes us into the title character’s dream, a disturbing confrontation with death and loss of love and life...Todd’s firm projection was a model of clarity."
Jay Harvey, The Indianapolis Star


Praise for Intimate Opera's Opera on Demand Series, American as Apple Pie Scenes Program:
"Some singers had stronger, more confident voices than others, notably Meagan Searles Todd, who excelled in the program's first half."
Scott Shoger, Nuvo


Praise for Man of La Mancha:
"Lyric Opera's 'La Mancha' is solid...Also strong singers are Meagan Todd as Quijana's niece Antonia and Fran Hartsorn as Quijana's housekeeper."
Pam Kragen, North County Times



Praise for The Rape of Lucretia:
"The high vocal purity of soprano Meagan Searles Todd (Lucia)...made for a most beautiful flower duet."
Jason Victor Serinus, Opera News


“A Ravishing Britten...Meagan Todd’s Lucia introduced a high soprano…likely to become a factor on the local music scene.”
Janos Gereben, San Francisco Classical Voice


Praise for Roméo et Juliette
"A fine, young leather-lunged soprano (Meagan Todd) as Juliette."
Janos Gereben, San Francisco Classical Voice


Praise for Die Zauberflöte:
"The three ladies (Meagan Todd, Kathleen Moss and Terry Alvord) made a strong-spirited crew from their first entrance, jostling each other over Tamino's fallen form. They sang well, too."
Michael Zwiebach, San Francisco Classical Voice

"The three ladies (Meagan Todd, Kathleen Moss and Terry Alvord) rounded out the cast with flair."
Georgia Rowe, InsideBayArea.com


What Artistic Directors, Conductors, Directors, Coaches, Voice Teachers and Professional Singers have to say:

I have seen [Meagan] bloom from a young singer…to a young professional with dedication and diligence. Her voice blossomed during this time and she now possesses a voice of considerable power and distinction. Perhaps Meagan’s most important qualities are her intelligence and her drive. Coupled with a great personality, these are a winning combination and I have no problem in promising you that she will pour herself wholeheartedly into any task put in front of her.
Michael Sylvester, World-Renowned Tenor (Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, Vienna Staatsoper, Paris Opera, San Francisco Opera, etc.)

Meagan was a standout among the apprentices at the 2005 Ash Lawn Opera Festival. She arrived fully prepared on her cover role of Madame Butterfly, sat in voluntarily on all staging rehearsals, and demonstrated an extraordinary command of the enormous vocal and dramatic demands of the role in the cover run. We were so pleased with Meagan’s work in 2005 and [she] showed such remarkable progress that we had her back in 2006 to cover the role of Valencienne in The Merry Widow. Again, she proved to be a leader among her peers and was a stalwart and strong from day one. She is a detailed and thorough artist with a great command of the stage. She is positive, appreciative, kind, honest, expressive, and completely professional in every aspect.
Brian DeMaris, Resident Conductor and Music Administrator, Ash Lawn Opera Festival and Cover Conductor, New York City Opera

Meagan is quite a versatile performer as you can see from the roles she performed at Seagle. She was Val in A Chorus Line and also Pamina in The Magic Flute and she was amazing in both. She possesses a beautiful lyric soprano voice that is growing into bigger repertoire. Her acting abilities are among her strongest qualities. She is able to embody a role and put it forward in a convincing and believable fashion. Plus, she is one of the most wonderful people you will ever meet.
Darren K. Woods, General Director, Fort Worth Opera and The Seagle Music Colony

[Meagan] is a very talented young singer with a strong, clear voice that is even from top to bottom, and carries extremely well over an orchestra, even in a large hall. She has very fine stage instincts, works extremely hard at all times, is a wonderful colleague both on stage and off, and learns very quickly. I have enjoyed working with her as both conductor and coach.
James Caraher, Artistic Director, Indianapolis Opera

Meagan Searles Todd, a young singer of extraordinary accomplishment and promise. Mrs. Todd exhibited musicality and professionalism of the highest order. Her preparation was immaculate. She knew her music so well that complete flexibility of interpretation was possible. Particularly impressive was her work on covering the role of Cio-Cio-San [Madame Butterfly]. I found myself genuinely enthralled and moved during a cover run – a rather unusual experience. I would gladly have sent her on in the role.
Nick Olcott, Lecturer and Director (Maryland Opera Studio, Freelance Opera and Theatre Director)

Meagan was an especial joy to work with. She is extremely bright and extremely professional in her attitudes and work habits. There are many possibilities for her future, as she has a very high range and excellent projectile “ping” (which was evident in her performances with orchestra).
Martha Gerhart, Vocal Coach (formerly with Southern Methodist University,
San Francisco Opera, New York City Opera, Dallas Opera)

[To coach Meagan] has been for me a study in how a young singer should ideally work and prepare. It is clear that Meagan’s technical abilities are far above those of her peers. Her knowledge of diction of the standard foreign languages is well developed. As she embarked upon her first Butterfly, it was not unusual to have Meagan arrive at the coaching with not only all the notes and rhythms worked out accurately, but also a musical and dramatic plan for nearly every phrase in the role.
Tyson Deaton, Vocal Coach (recently with Sarasota Opera, Ash Lawn Opera, Opera North)

Meagan is one of the most disciplined, tenacious, and thoroughly educated students I have taught. Her lovely, ringing tone is developing into a formidable talent. Meagan sang the role of “La Princesse” in L’Enfant et les sortileges to the highest acclaim. Her lovely countenance and stature enhanced her performance of the role.
Virginia Dupuy, Mezzo-Soprano and Professor of Voice, Southern Methodist University

[Meagan] possesses a very beautiful and sizeable soprano voice that she uses extraordinarily well technically and expressively. Her top range is especially exciting with its vibrancy and size. Her musicianship and diction are superb and she is a pleasure to work with. Meagan Todd has the talent to be a world-class artist.
Stephen Lusmann, Baritone and Associate Professor of Voice, University of Michigan

Meagan has a lovely soprano voice that is the product of both a high degree of natural talent, as well as good training. Her characterization [Miss Wordsworth in Albert Herring] was one of the strongest in the production. She follows a conductor well, and is open to criticism. There is no hint of unwarranted ego – rather she seems genuinely interested in learning, and in singing as beautifully as she can.
Paul Phillips, Music Director, Meadows Symphony Orchestra, Southern Methodist University



 
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