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Mathilda Edge
Mathilda Edge, soprano, is originally from Chandlerville, Illinois. She is currently a member of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan ensemble at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. In the upcoming 2021-22 season, lyric dramatic soprano Mathilda Edge is scheduled to sing the Lady in Waiting in Verdi’s Macbeth under the baton of Enrique Mazzola and First Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, as well as cover the title role in Catan’s Florencia en el Amazonas at Lyric Opera of Chicago.
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Mathilda Edge

During the 2020-21 season, lyric dramatic soprano Mathilda Edge was scheduled for a return to the Lyric Opera of Chicago to cover the Countess Almaviva in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and perform Mahler’s Symphony #8 with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Sir Andrew Davis before the pandemic forced both to be cancelled. Ms. Edge launched her 2019-20 season at the Grant Park Music Festival singing “Un bel dì vedremo” from Puccini’s Madama Butterfly in Pritzker Pavilion for thousands at Millennium Park prompting critics to write, “[she] showed palpable charisma and bell-like vocal clarity” (Chicago Tribune). As a first-year member of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan ensemble, she made her house and role debut in the fall at the Lyric Opera of Chicago singing Berta in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia for which she was hailed as a “vocal tour de force….yielding an enormous sound with remarkable point” (Chicago Tribune). Ms. Edge went on to cover the role of Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni conducted by James Gaffigan and was scheduled in the spring to perform Gerhilde in Die Walküre, in addition to covering Gutrune & 3rd Norn in Götterdämmerung and Freia in Das Rheingold for Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen directed by Sir David Pountney. She sang scenes from Verdi and Strauss operas at the 2020 “Rising Stars in Concert” gala in Chicago. She has won recognition in a number of international, national, and regional competitions in recent years. In 2016 alone she placed in the both the Washington International Competition for Voice and the National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Award Competition. She was lauded by the judges in both competitions for her "flawless technical control and vocal freedom." Earlier in the year she won the Bel Canto Chorus’ Regional Artist Competition in Milwaukee, WI, with which she debuted as the soprano soloist in Mendelssohn’s Elijahin March of 2017. Ms. Edge also took first place in Bloomington, Indiana’s chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letter Vocal Competition.  Ms. Edge has won the Indiana District's Metropolitan Opera National Council for the past three years. She placed second place at the Central Region MONC auditions in November of 2015, and third in the following year. Early in 2017, Ms. Edge was a semifinalist for Houston Grand Opera's Eleanor McCollum Competition, and in May took third place in the Cooper-Bing Competition with Opera Columbus.  While maintaining an active competition schedule, Ms. Edge also maintains an active performing career in concert, oratorio, recital, and operatic work. She has sung in concert with numerous choirs such as the The City Choir of Washington & New Dominion Chorale, both in Washington, DC, the Bel Canto Chorus in Milwaukee, WI, as well as with choirs at Indiana University, Indiana State University, Illinois College, and Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.  Ms. Edge has performed as Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, First Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Sandman in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, Romilda in Händel’s Xerxes, The Milliner in Stauss’s Der Rosenkavalier, and as the title role of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly in which she was praised for her "deeply affecting" performance. In the Summer of 2017, Ms. Edge performed with the Merola Opera Program, participating in the Schwabacher Summer Concert in which she sang an extended scene as the title role in Massenet's Thaïs. Her performance was compared to Ms. Beverly Sills with San Francisco Classical Voice saying that Mathilda “portrayed Thaïs in a performance ready for the whole opera (which made even the divine Beverly Sills fold in one of her final San Francisco appearances, in 1977).” Later in the summer she made her public debut on the San Francisco Opera stage in the Merola Grand Finale singing a selection from Verdi’s I vespri Siciliani. Most recently, in the Summer of 2018, Ms. Edge covered the title role of Ariadne in Richard Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos as an Apprentice Artist with Santa Fe Opera. 

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