Judith Skinner possesses a true contralto voice of power and beauty. Her performances as Ulrica in Un Ballo in Maschera, Erda in Das Rheingold conducted by Richard Woitech, Mama Lucia in Cavalleria Rusticana, Mrs. Winthrop in The Secret Garden and Tituba in The Crucible, have all been enthusiastically praised by audiences and opera cognoscenti.
In recent seasons she has performed leading roles with Atlanta Opera, Dayton Opera, Opera Memphis, Fresno Grand Opera, Utah Festival Opera, Toledo Opera, Indianapolis Opera and Opera San José. This season she makes her European débuts with the Center for Contemporary Opera in Szeged, Hungary and Avignon, France.
On the concert stage, Ms. Skinner has appeared as soloist in Elijah by Mendelssohn, in Bellevue Washington, Mozart Requiem with the Bronx Symphony, an “Evening of World Premieres “ with the Riverside Opera Ensemble performing Simples composed by Stephen Dembski, and as soloist in Elgar’s Sea Pictures Symphony with the New York Symphonic Arts Ensemble.
As a Resident Artist with Opera Memphis she sang the role of the Mother in Les Contes d’
Hoffmann and created the role of Harriet Tubman in She Never Lost a Passenger. She also sang the role of Betty in Michael Ching’s opera FAITH in New York and Chicago. Other New York appearances have included Magdelone in Nielsen’s Maskerade, Marceline (Le Nozze di Figaro), La Principessa (Suor Angelica) and Baba in The Medium, perhaps her best-known role to date which she reprised with Chelsea Opera last season to rave reviews.. Other unique opera roles include the Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas, the Mayor in The Happy Prince, Maurya in Riders to the Sea, and Lady Spirit in A Christmas Carol.
Of her Baba in The Medium critic Steven Jude Tietjen stated: “Judith Skinner triumphs as Madame Flora. Her voice is that of a true, organ-like contralto. With her, one cannot really talk of “chest voice” as her impressively sensuous instrument is a miraculous extension of her speech.”
Ms. Skinner has been recognized with many distinctions including awards from the prestigious Leontyne Price Vocal Competition.
She received her undergraduate degree in Voice-Opera from The University of the Arts and studied drama at Carnegie-Mellon University.
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