Allegra De Vita
American mezzo-soprano Allegra De Vita, whom The Georgetowner described as making “a moving, steadying impact whenever she’s on stage” has recently appeared as Maddalena in Rigoletto at Austin Opera. Also this season, Ms. De Vita performs Angelina in La Cenerentola at Dayton Opera and Boston Midsummer Opera, Albine in Thaïs with Maryland Lyric Opera, Messiah with UMS at the University of Michigan, the Charleston Symphony and the Virginia Symphony, The Page in Salome at Spoleto Festival, Siebel in Faust at Washington National Opera, and the title role in Carmen in a semi-staged production with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic.
Future engagements include the title role in Rinaldo with Glimmerglass Festival, a baroque concert with Fort Wayne Philharmonic, and Maddalena in Rigoletto with Tulsa Opera.
As a 2018 graduate from the Washington National Opera’s Cafritz Young Artist Program Ms. De Vita was seen as Rosina in The Barber of Seville (Emerging Artist Performance), Tebaldo in Don Carlo, Taller Zegner Sister in Proving Up, The Fox/A Rose in The Little Prince, Ruggiero in Alcina (Emerging Artist Performance), the title role in The Dictator’s Wife, Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro (Emerging Artist Performance) and Kate Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly.
She was also seen as Tancredi in Erminia with Opera Lafayette, Agrippina in Fall of Lehman Brothers with Ballet-Opera-Pantomime in Montreal, Olga in Eugene Onegin with Syracuse Opera, The Prince in Cendrillon as a guest at CVAI and Isaura and Tancredi cover in Tancredi with Opera Philadelphia. Ms. De Vita spent three summers at the Glimmerglass Festival performing the roles of Pippo in La Gazza Ladra, Fulvio in the American premiere of Cato in Utica, and Arsamenes in Xerxes.
Ms. De Vita was a 2015 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Grand Finalist and a 2nd prize winner with the Jensen Foundation Vocal Compeition. She was a resident artist at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, PA, where she performed the role of Charlotte in Werther and Zerlina in Don Giovanni. Ms. De Vita holds a master’s degree in voice from Rice studying with Dr. Stephen King, and a BA magna cum laude in biology with a neuroscience concentration from Sacred Heart University.
“…through Isaura’s refreshingly humane aria. (This was superbly performed by mezzo Allegra De Vita, who was fully the equal, vocally and dramatically, of her more experienced colleagues.) ”
“As Caesar’s lieutenant Fulvio, mezzo Allegra De Vita (yet another Young Artist) offered some of the best singing of the evening; her voice is compact yet well-projected, and this role’s demanding passagework was dispatched with bravura.”
“As Arsemenes, the king’s brother and romantic rival, Allegra De Vita offered an impeccable performance. Her complex mezzo, with its fine-spun vibrato, was lovely in itself, but it also consistently conveyed human utterance: when De Vita sang, you could hear Arsemenes speak. She was especially adept in her precisely etched trills and ornaments, each conveying expressive intent while giving shape to the musical line as a whole.”
“Arsamene’s, searchingly performed by the beautiful-voiced, stylistically secure and textually connected Allegra de Vita) had their desired effect. Not one of the others did.”
David Schengold, Opera News