Sheila Siobhan

Sheila Siobhan, D.M.A., M.M., B.M., B.A., has performed as an opera singer and concert artist throughout Europe and the United States with such companies as: Maggio Musicale (Florence, Italy), Philadelphia Opera, Oakland Opera, Marin Opera, Seattle Opera, Tacoma Opera, American Opera Festival of the Sierra, Amadeus Ensemble, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Thalia Symphony, Seattle Pro Musica, American Concert Association of San Francisco, International Bartok Conference, Monterrey Orquesta Sinfonica, and the New Music Ensemble. She has collaborated with renowned artists in the field of music including: Spiros Argiris, Peter Bay, Felix Carrasco, Maureen Forester, Nikki Hartlieb, Bern Herbolsheimer, Wendy Hillhouse, Jerome Hines, Abraham Kaplan, Stuart Kershaw, Klaus Klaiber, Michael Korn, Jean Kraft, Paul Kreider, William Lewis, Ron MacFarland, Timothy Nolen, Jean Pierre Ponnelle, Hugo Rinaldi, Nikita Storojev, Thomas Stuart, Karen Thomas, Emmanuel Villaume, Dan Welcher, and Hans Wolf.

Her performances have provided vivid portrayals of strong-willed heroines, ranging from Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni to the complex character of Judith in Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle. Other performances have included the title role in Ballad of Baby Doe, Marguerite ­ Faust, Micaela ­ Carmen, Sonja ­ The Merry Widow, the title role in Manon, Marenka ­ The Bartered Bride, Rosalinda ­ Die Fledermaus, Sister Blanche ­ Dialogues of the Carmelites, Contessa ­ Le Nozze di Figaro. The Philadelphia Enquirer wrote: “A vivacious, winning portrayal”. The Zeitung (Graz, Austria): “One could not wish for a more believable Pamina”. The Reno Post-Gazette: “A Baby Doe for all time, beautiful and vulnerable.” The Oakland Tribune: “Sheila Siobhan was sweetly compelling as Micaela, Don Jose’s chaste sweetheart.”

Ms. Siobhan has been chosen frequently to perform contemporary works such as: Peter Grimes ­ Britten, Pierrot Lunaire ­ Schoenberg, Settings from Pierrot Lunaire ­ Kraft, Knoxville: Summer of 1915 ­ Barber, Daughter of Lear ­ MacFarland (World Premiere), Mass ­ Bernstein, Ancestral Hunt ­ Thomas, The White Election ­ Getty, Songs of Love ­ Gardner (World Premiere), Spring Songs ­ Doppmann, La Voix Humaine ­ Poulenc, Bluebeard’s Castle ­ Bartok, and Symphonie No. 14 ­ Shostakovich. She has promoted the works of Schoenberg, Webern and Berg in her recital entitled The Vienna School and wrote an English performance translation of Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire

In 1995, Ms. Siobhan co-founded the Austrian American Mozart Academy in Salzburg, Austria, where she served as Director of Curriculum, voice instructor, and master class instructor for the Academy until 2005. Her textbook entitled “Beyond Vocal Technique” will be released in 2006.