About Erica PetrocelliCollege | Voice
Praised for her “unusual but alluring timbre” (BachTrack) and “robust singing,” soprano Erica Petrocelli '14, '16 MM, '18 AD began her 2017-2018 season with two performances in concert, both in NEC’s Jordan Hall: the first being Tchaikovsky’s The Maid of Orleans with Odyssey Opera, where she sang the role of Agnes Sorel. Next, in October, she performed Lia in Debussy’s L’enfant prodigue with New England Conservatory to start her final year in the Artist Diploma Program. Other notable roles at NEC include the title roles in Massenet's Cendrillon and Janacek's The Cunning Little Vixen.
In February, Erica will join Odyssey Opera again for a performance of Honegger’s oratorio Jeanne d’arc au bûcher, in which she will sing the role of Holy Virgin. Erica is looking forward to finishing up her 2018 season as a Young Artist at The Santa Fe Opera, beginning in June.
Ms. Petrocelli studies with tenor Bradley Williams as an Artist Diploma student at New England Conservatory, where she also received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees, and is the recipient of the Wendy Shattuck '75 Presidential Scholarship Fund for Vocal Studies.
About Brooke DircksCollege | Voice
Lauded for her “impressive and youthful sound,” Maryland-born soprano Brooke Dircks '17, '19 MM was recently awarded a grant from the Wagner Society of New York. In 2017 she placed third in the Meistersinger competition in Graz, Austria and also received an Encouragement Award in the 2017 New Orleans MONC District auditions.
She has performed the roles of Miss Jessel in Turn of the Screw at the Miami Music Festival, Lady Billows in Albert Herring, and Waltraute in Die Walküre at New England Conservatory. In 2018 she joins Pittsburgh Festival Opera as a Featured Artist, singing the role of Freia in Das Rheingold.
Ms. Dircks studies with Jane Eaglen at New England Conservatory where she is the recipient of the Bertha C. and Edward Rose Scholarship as well as a Presidential Distinction scholarship, and previously earned her Bachelor of Music.