Hailed for her “fearless intensity,” “volatile commitment” (Chicago Classical Review) and “hilarious perfect comic timing” (Michael Borowitz, Opera Louisiane), mezzo soprano Erin Moll is an up-and-coming young artist who brings dynamic stage presence and sincere musical artistry to the operatic and concert stage. Praised by Chicago Stage Standard for her "creamy" voice, Ms. Moll is rapidly becoming an artist to watch in the Chicago and national scene.
This season, Ms. Moll will be seen as Meg Page in Verdi’s Falstaff with Main Street Opera, Tisbe in Cenerentola with Opéra Louisiane, Dr. Dulcamara in the Elixir of Love (outreach) with Opera for the Young, Pitti-Sing in The Mikado with DuPage Opera Theater, as well as Rosina (cover) in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Mother / Grandmother in Little Red Riding Hood (outreach) with Natchez Festival of Music. She will also create the role of Austin in the World Premiere recording of Ross Crean's The Great God Pan to be released on Naxos America in the Summer of 2017. In August of 2017, Ms. Moll will sing at the Ravinia Festival for the first time, performing with Opera for the Young.
The 2015-2016 season saw Ms. Moll in a variety of roles such as Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Chicago Summer Opera, Dorabella in Così fan tutte with Floating Opera Company, Suzuki in Madama Butterfly and Constancica in El Huesped del Sevillano with Main Street Opera, Asakir in Fairouz’s Sumeida’s Song with Third Eye Theater Ensemble. Ms. Moll was also seen on stage as Young Artist at Cedar Rapids Opera Theater for their production of La Traviata, a Resident Artist at Thompson Street Opera Company where she performed various roles in Kingsland’s Intoxication: America’s Love Affair with Oil and Thompson’s The Final Battle for Love, and a Young Artist with Nightingale Opera Theater where she sang Meg in Adamo’s Little Women.
Ms. Moll also maintains an active concert schedule. She has performed the solos in Bach's Magnificat and Hasse's Miserere with Capella Genevensis in Paris and Geneva; Vivaldi’s Gloria and Mozart's Coronation Mass with Music Institute of Chicago; as well as Handel's Messiah and Haydn’s Missa in tempori belli . In 2012, she made her international debut in Paris, France as the Strawberry Seller in a concert version of Britten’s Death in Venice with La Petite Philharmonie de Poche de Paris. That same year, Ms. Moll was honored to sing for Nobel Peace Prize Winner and former Secretary General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, while in Geneva, Switzerland.
An avid performer of new music, Ms. Moll was the featured soloist in the U.S. Premiere of Mexican-born composer Georgina Derbez’s El iba a otro mundo in 2014. In 2015, she sang the leading role of Asakir in the Chicago premiere of Mohammed Fairouz's Sumeida's Song to critical acclaim. Recent engagements include the premiere of Eric Malmquist's cycle Chicago Songs and scene selections from Matthew Peterson's Voir Dire with the IWU New Music Ensemble. In 2017, Ms. Moll will premiere Chicago composer Ross Crean’s monodrama For Atticus, the Moonlight’s Lover written for mezzo, cello, piano and dancer.
Ms. Moll is incredibly passionate about education and community engagement. She has performed in outreach tours across the Midwest with Opera for the Young, Chicago Opera Playhouse, and South Shore Opera. As a Teaching Artist with Chicago Opera Theater’s Opera for All program, Ms. Moll brought opera to 4th – 6th grade classrooms across Chicago. She is also the Co-Founder of the Chicago chapter of Opera on Tap, where she also spent two years as Managing Diva. As company manager, she successfully produced over 20 concerts, a zarzuela which toured Hispanic neighborhoods around Chicago, OoT’s Operatic Book Club quarterly series in conjunction with the Harold Washington Library, and OoT’s New Brew series featuring the works of local Chicago composers.
Ms. Moll completed her studies at Illinois Wesleyan University and the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris. She enjoys working out, cooking, and traveling. Ms. Moll currently resides in Chicago where she studies voice with Metropolitan Opera tenor, Harold Meers.