Megan Cullen


Hailed by Opera News as “first-rate,” Megan Cullen is a young dramatic soprano to watch. She received critical acclaim for her performance as the Overseer in Strauss' Elektra with Des Moines Metro Opera, where she also covered the title role. With a voice well suited for German Romantic repertory, Ms. Cullen has performed Ortlinde (Die Walküre) at Sarasota Opera, and sung the title role of the original 1912 version of Ariadne auf Naxos with Opera Riconosciuta, a Bay Area company committed to performing lesser known works. A budding Wagnerian, Megan has trained at the Wagner Intensive, where she performed the roles of Ortlinde and Venus (Tannhäuser), and studied the roles of Brünnhilde (Die Walküre/Götterdämmerung), Senta (Der fliegende Holländer), and Ortrud (Lohengrin) with Wagner experts Tim Mussard, William Vendice, Eric Weimer, and the legendary Jane Eaglen. Locally, Ms. Cullen has worked with West Bay Opera (Turandot, title role, cover), Open Opera (Donna Anna/Donna Elvira, cover), and she has sung several roles with Goat Hall Chamber Opera. She has made several concert appearances in the Bay Area, with groups such as the Opus Project, San Francisco Cabaret Opera, the Wagner Society of Northern California, and Musik in der Kirsche. As a graduate student at the San Francisco Conservatory, Megan was heard as the Mother in Hansel and Gretel, and sang the title role in Puccini's Suor Angelica. Her accolades include numerous scholarships, grants from the East Bay Opera League, Fresno Musical Club, and DAAD, and prizes from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and the International Liszt Competition. In addition to a Master's degree from SFCM, Megan holds degrees from Boston University and the Juilliard School.