Hailed by the New York Times for her “attractive soprano voice,” and for having “total control of the stage,” (Broadway World) coloratura soprano Meghan Picerno is praised for her exciting, crowd-pleasing performances in opera, theatre, and on concert stages throughout the world. Picerno captivated audiences as Christine Daae 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.” Picerno is currently playing Christine once more in the First World Tour of The Phantom of the Opera, making her début in the beloved musical.
This season Picerno made her debut at the Royal Albert Hall in London with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra honoring Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, as well as making her debut with The San Fransisco Symphony under the baton of Maestro Michael Tilson Thomas in their massively successful production of Candide as Cunegonde. She reprised her role of Cunegonde , of which is swiftly becoming her signature role around the world, with massive success this past fall with the Gran Teatre del Liceu, in Barcelona, Spain, marking her debut there at the Liceu as well. She also made her debut at the Theater Municipal de Sao Paolo, with great acclaim on their concert celebrating Bernstein.
This season Picerno also filmed her first national television commercial and will be the face of the most successful product discovered on the on acclaimed TV series, Shark Tank, Scrub Daddy.
Last season Picerno performed as Cunegonde in New York City Opera’s smash hit and new production of Candide directed by industry legend, Hal Prince; Lucie Dreyfus in The Dreyfus Affair at BAM with the Ensemble for the Romantic Century, and a role première as Gilda in Rigoletto at Opera Williamsburg. She also performed the lead soprano role in Musicals in Mufti: From Berlin To Broadway with the York Theatre Company.
She has performed La fée from Massenet’s Cendrillon with the Canadian Institute of Vocal Arts Festival in Montreal, performed on the Barcelona Opera Studio’s summer concert series, sang with Joan Dornemann’s International Vocal Arts Institute in New York City, and performed Queen of the Night in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. In prior seasons, Picerno enjoyed a series of successful débuts and role premieres: Sandman/Dew Fairy in Hansel und Gretel at Washington D.C.’s world renowned Kennedy Center; the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor at Regina Opera; and solo concert débuts at New York City’s David Geffen Hall and Alice Tully Hall, The National Center of Performing Arts in Beijing, China with iSing Festival; and the hauntingly beautiful Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasilieras with Resonance Chamber Orchestra. Other credits include Sophie in Werther with MCOpera, Olympia in Les contes d’Hoffmann with IVAI, Violetta in La traviata with Long Island Opera, Zerlina in Don Giovanni at Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance, Monica in The Medium with Opera Oggi, and Marissa in Henry’s Wife at American Opera Projects.
Ms. Picerno also garnered accolades in performances portraying an array of leading ladies of the theatrical repertoire: Johanna in Sweeney Todd, Marian in The Music Man, Hodel in The Fiddler on the Roof, Irene in Hello Dolly! Maria in West Side Story, Eliza in My Fair Lady, and Amalia Balash in She Loves Me. New York City audiences were also delighted by her appearances as Liza in Falling in Love with Love at Theater Row, and Rose in September Songs: A Kurt Weill Revue at the Borden Theater.
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. Picerno earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Illinois Wesleyan University and a Master of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music, where Le Feu/La princesse/Le rossignol in L’enfant et les Sortilèges, The Controller in Flight and Curley’s Wife in Of Mice and Men.