“Ashley Cutright was especially compelling with her huge, rafter shaking sound”- San Diego 2017 world-premiere of Stephen Lewis's opera Noon at Dusk.
The title character in Carmen is quickly becoming a 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. Recently she sang a 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; 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 sang with Skylark Opera where she performed the role of Katisha in The Mikado. 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; 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, 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.