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Soprano Faith Esham has garnered critical acclaim for her performances in leading opera houses of the U.S. and Europe. She debuted at Metropolitan Opera as Marzelline in Fidelio, as well as singing Nedda and Mélisande, and has performed such roles as Mimi (Lyric Opera of Chicago), Pamina (Kennedy Center), Micaela and Juliette (Cincinnati), and the heroines in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Manon and Gilda(Pittsburgh). At the New York City Opera, she performed Cherubino, Musetta, Manon, Cendrillon, Marguerite, Baby Doe, Gilda, and Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah. Ms. Esham appeared opposite Placido Domingo and Julia Migenes as Micaela in the highly acclaimed 1984 Gaumont film, Carmen, which granted her a Grammy Award as Principal Soloist and Best Opera Recording.
In Europe, Ms. Esham performed Cherubino and Marzelline at La Scala, Micaela at the Vienna State Opera and the Opera de Caracas; Zerlina and Cendrillon at Paris’ Chatelet Theatre; Musetta in Cologne; and Mélisande in Geneva. She was also featured in two New York City Opera “Live from Lincoln Center” broadcasts, having sung with New York City Opera for twelve years.
Ms. Esham is a first prize winner of the Walter Naumberg Competition in New York, receiving an Alice Tully Hall recital at Lincoln Center. In Europe, she gave a recital in Aix-en-Provence after winning the Concours International de Chant in Paris, France.
Recent engagements have featured solo recital appearances at Weill Recital Hall, Carneige Hall, West Liberty College (WV), High Point University (NC), and in Vienna, Austria at Schubert’s birthplace. She performed the Berlioz songs “Les Nuits d’Étés” at the 2013 Wintergreen Arts Festival in Virginia with the Festival Orchestra.
Faith Esham is on the voice faculties of Manhattanville College (Purchase, NY), Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ), and Westminster Choir College (Princeton, NJ).