“Ashley Cutright was especially
compelling with her huge, rafter shaking sound”- San Diego, 2016.
The title character in Carmen is quickly
becoming the signature role for this mezzo.
Ms. Cutright played the famous gypsy girl with Opera Neo in San Diego
last summer, and the following year with Enid Symphony Orchestra in Oklahoma. She
will be joining Enid Symphony Orchestra again in 2017 in the title role of La Cenerentola. She can also be seen as Cherubino this summer
in La Jolla Symphony Orchestra’s Mozart Festival. Most recently she sang the
lead role in the premiere of Noon at Dusk,
with the Kallisti Project in San Diego.
She also joined Urban Arias in Washington DC in the lead role of Hannah
in the contemporary opera, As One. She was a studio artist with Tulsa Opera,
and her 2014-2015 assignments included Stephano in Romeo et Juliette, Tisbe in
La Cenerentola, Chief Elder in The Giver, and Catherine Wright in Shining
Brow. In her last season with Tulsa
Opera she performed the role of Mercedes in Carmen; Jordan Baker in The Great
Gatsby; Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro (cover); and the role of Tour Guide and
covering Sharon Falconer in Elmer Gantry. In the summer of 2013 Ashley was an
artist in residence with Opera North where she performed the role of Cecilia
March in Little Women and Alisa in Lucia di Lammermoor. Ms. Cutright also recently sang with Skylark
Opera where she performed the role of Katisha in The Mikado. Earlier this year, Ashley was an artist in
residence with Pensacola Opera where she performed the role of Berta in Il
barbiere di Siviglia, and Ottavia in L’incoronazione di Poppea. Ashley was a 2011-2012 apprentice artist with
Des Moines Metro Opera where she sang the role of Sister Mathilde in Dialogues
of the Carmelites; covered the role of Olga in Eugene Onegin; and performed the
role of Papagena in The Magic Flute with Opera Iowa. Her other opera credits include Zita in
Gianni Schicchi, Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas, Florence Pike in Albert Herring,
Third Lady in The Magic Flute, Newspaper Woman in Les Mamelles de Tiresias,
Lolette in La Rondine, Woman 1 in Grapes of Wrath, Voice Teacher/Juggler in
Sid…Who Wanted to Sing, Ellen in Three Sisters, and the role of Katia in the
world-premiere of The Singing Violin. In 2012 Ashley was a finalist in the
Dallas Opera Guild Competition and won the encouragement award in the
Metropolitan Opera National Council Competition. In 2010 she won a grant through the Schuyler
Foundation for Career Bridges. Ms.
Cutright holds a Master of Music degree in vocal performance from Manhattan
School of Music.