~Coloratura Soprano | Actor~
Handpicked by theatre legend, Hal Prince, Meghan Picerno returned as Phantom of the Opera's leading lady, Christine Daaé for its historic Broadway reopening, where she was named Top Broadway replacements of 2019 (Broadway Box), and was recently nominated as Broadway Replacement of the Decade, (Broadway World).
A fan favorite, she is consistently praised for her exciting, crowd-pleasing performances in opera, theatre, and on concert stages throughout the world. Picerno took national audiences by storm as Christine Daaé in the US Premiere and 1st National Tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies. Her portrayal of the character and title song has critics in awe, “Picerno, however, steals the show with her hypnotic, operatic voice and her expert depiction of Christine’s inner turmoil. Her impeccable vocal performance carries the climax of the production, in which Christine must choose between Raoul and the Phantom…Picerno’s high notes, exuding operatic flare, soar to the mezzanine level of the theater and beyond.” This led to special invitations from Lloyd Webber to represent his body of work in performance on the ITV Television broadcast of the Classic BRIT Awards in 2018, making her Royal Albert Hall debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra , and a guest appearance on the Live at Chelsea Concert Series honoring his 70th birthday. Additionally, Lloyd Webber invited her as a surprise guest on his book tour at NYC’s town hall with Academy Award nominated Glenn Close, to present the title song of Love Never Dies. After finishing Love Never Dies, Picerno was invited to take another turn at Christine, this time in a sparkling new production of The Phantom of the Opera on its highly lauded World Tour revival, premiering the iconic piece in Tel Aviv, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Singapore, and the Philippines before she transferred to Broadway.
Ms. Picerno's star began to rise after her first collaboration with legendary director Hal Prince as Cunegonde in his new and final production of Candide at New York City Opera. Of her performance, Huffington Post hailed: " The real beauty of the evening was Meghan Picerno, clear of voice and crisp of diction, who managed the challenging 'Glitter and Be Gay' with aplomb." Quickly becoming one of the most sought-after Cunegondes in the world, Picerno reprised the role at San Francisco Symphony (led by Michael Tilson Thomas), Princeton Symphony, the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona (premiere) and most recently, with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra at the highly celebrated May Festival.
Before hitting the road with Love Never Dies, Ms. Picerno delighted Off-Broadway audiences in Musicals in Mufti: Kurt Weill’s From Berlin to Broadway with the York Theatre Company and as Lucie Dreyfus in The Dreyfus Affair with Ensemble of the Romantic Century at BAM. Among Picerno's favorite regional credits are Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, Marian in The Music Man, Johanna in Sweeney Todd, and Maria in The Sound of Music.
On concert stages she starred in "Oh Happy Us" At The Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Birdland Jazz, The Actor's Fund Gala celebrating Hal Prince, and T. Schreiber Studio's 48th Anniversary Gala. She has graced concert stages in solo debuts in prestigious venues such as New York City's David Geffen Hall and Alice Tully Hall, The Kennedy Center, The National Center of Performing Arts in Beijing, and Theatro Municipal de São Paulo. Meghan can also be seen in a commercial spot for Scrub Daddy, the most successful company ever featured on Shark Tank.
Upon graduation with a Master of Music degree in Voice from Manhattan School of Music, Picerno enjoyed a diverse career on operatic stages including thrilling performances of Queen of the Night in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, and a series of successful role debuts throughout the country including Gilda in Rigoletto, La fée in Massenet's Cendrillon , Olympia in Les contes d'Hoffmann, Adele in Die Fledermaus, the title role of of Lucia di Lammermoor and Curley's Wife in Of Mice and Men.
Picerno was a quarterfinalist in Plácido Domingo’s prestigious Operalia International Vocal Competition in London at The Royal Opera House, and received 1st prize in the Arkadi International Vocal and New York Lyric Opera's Vocal Competitions, The Forte International Competition; 2nd Prize in The American Prize Vocal Competition, and awards from the Alfredo Silipigni, Benjamin Matthews Competitions, and Career Bridges Grant Program.