Noted for her golden, lyric line and comedic timing, soprano Erin Whitfield has been seen in numerous opera and musical theater roles including Despina (Cosi fan tutte), Papagena (The Magic Flute), Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), Luisa Contini (Nine), and Laurey Williams (Oklahoma). Most recently, she appeared in the roles of Susanna (The Marriage of Figaro) and Musetta (La boheme) with Operamuse.
"Musetta and Marcello - the pairing of these two was a pleasure. Erin Whitfield was ... fun and the role was very well sung." ~ Singerreise Podcast
Ms. Whitfield is a Seattle-area native, where she has been an Associate Chorus member with the Seattle Opera since 2015 and has performed in Nabucco, The Pearl Fishers, Maria Stuarda, The Flying Dutchman, Le Comte Ory, La Traviata, and The Magic Flute. She looks forward to joining the chorus again for AIDA in May 2018.
During her time at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, her roles included Cis in Albert Herring, Woman 1 in Closer Than Ever, and she appeared in scene productions as the Governess (Turn of the Screw), Miss Pinkerton (The Old Maid and the Thief), Aminta (Il re pastore), and Najade (Ariadne auf Naxos). In the summer of 2014, Ms. Whitfield sang as an Advanced Artist with the Operaworks Program in Los Angeles.
She appeared as the Sandman and Dew Fairy in Vashon Opera's Hansel and Gretel in 2012 and sang as the soprano soloist in Beethoven's Mass in C with both the Everett Philharmonic and the Pacific Lutheran University Orchestra the following year. While at PLU, she also performed as Girl (Trouble in Tahiti) and Iris (Semele), and as an ensemble member and music director for PLU's Night of Musical Theater.
Ms. Whitfield completed her Master of Music degree at SFCM, under the tutelage of Jane Randolph. She graduated summa cum laude with her Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA.
In her time off-stage, Erin finds great fulfillment working with a growing number of voice students out of the O’Shields Studio in Maple Valley, WA. She also enjoys cooking, reading, traveling, and collaborating on recitals with her husband, composer Collin Whitfield.