Halley Gilbert - Soprano
Of Ms. Gilbert’s Zerbinetta in Utopia Opera’s production of Ariadne auf Naxos, James Jorden of the New York Observer wrote: “Stealing the show was Halley Gilbert as Zerbinetta, flinging out crystalline trills, arpeggios, staccati and roulades…Ms. Gilbert’s frankness and (from time to time) downright raunchiness made the text sound like it could have been written yesterday.” She has performed multiple leading roles with the Bronx Opera including Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Violetta (La Traviata), Nanetta (Falstaff) and Birdie (Regina). Other roles include Ms. Wordsworth (Albert Herring), Queen of the Night (Die Zauberflӧte), Chlorinda (Cenerentola) and Frasquita (Carmen). Halley is a graduate of Eastman School of Music where her roles included La Fée (Cendrillon), Arminda (La Finta Giardiniera), and Gianetta (La Rondine). Ms. Gilbert has been a featured soloist with the Great Music in a Great Space Concert Series, Musica Sacra, Greenwich Symphony Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic, Lake Placid Sinfonietta, and Bronx Arts Ensemble among others. She received first prize in both Opera Idol NYC 2012 and the Jenny Lind Competition for Sopranos in 2011 and was a Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She is an alumna of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and Manhattan School of Music’s Preparatory Division.