Meryl Dominguez, soprano, is a Resident Artist of the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, where she studies with William Stone. She is a recent graduate from Oberlin College and Conservatory, where she was named the first Marilyn Horne Rubin Scholar. In operatic repertoire, she has performed roles such as Die Königin der Nacht (Die Zauberflöte), Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus) and Adina (L'elisir d'amore). Under the guidance of Ms. Marilyn Horne, she attended the Music Academy of the West, and was featured in Masterclasses and concerts. In the competition sphere, she she took Third Prize from The Sergio Franchi Music Foundation as a winner in the inaugural Deborah Voigt/Vero Beach Opera Foundation’s International Vocal Competition, as well as a being a Grant winner from the Giulio Gari Foundation.
This past summer she spent her first year as an Apprentice Artist with the Santa Fe Opera, and covering Oberto in David Alden's production of Alcina. She looks forward to working on Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos, which she will be performing in February under the baton of David Aronson.
Included with her passion for operatic repertoire, is an enthusiasm for art song, and new music. Recital work has included work with LyricFest on a premiere of John Musto's set Be Music, Night. Other recital work has featured Lili Boulanger's Clairières dans le ciel, Debussy's fêtes galantes II, R. Strauss' Brentano Lieder, Britten folk songs, Poulenc's fiançailles pour rire, Rachmaninov op.38, Wolf's Spanischesliederbuch and selections from Musto's Penelope (2005).
As a Double Degree graduate from Oberlin, she also has a degree in Dance, concentrating on the narrative and storytelling aspects of movement. Her experimental contemporary solo, Rejazz, which was featured in Fall Forward blended abstract movement and song, telling the story of heartbreak and personal redemption. She is comfortable incorporating voice and movement and would love to continue experimenting with blending these two art forms in the future. In her free time she loves to bake pastry and cakes, play with her rescue dog, blues dance, get lost in new cities, and spend time with friends and family.