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Tichina Vaughn

Mezzo-Soprano

Tichina Vaughn

Biography

Mezzo soprano Tichina Vaughn began her career as a member of the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Program and has established an important presence among leading opera houses and concert halls around the world.

In season 2019-20 Tichina Vaughn returns to the Metropolitan Opera for performances of Porgy and Bess before debuting at Theater an der Wien as the Fortune Teller in Prokofiev’s Fiery Angel.

Most recently in the 2018-19 season, Ms. Vaughn debuted at English National Opera and Dutch National Opera as Maria in a new production of PORGY AND BESS followed by a return to the Metropolitan Opera for performances DIALOGUES DES CARMÉLITES with Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Additionally Vaughn participated in the world premiere of CARUSO A CUBA with Dutch National Opera and in Cavalleria Rusticana with the NDR Philharmonie Klassik Open Air.

Highlights from Ms. Vaughn’s 2017/18 season include her critical success as Herodias SALOME and Brigitta DIE TOTE STADT at the Semperoper Dresden, followed by her return to the Metropolitan Opera for her role debut as the First Maid in Elektra with Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin. She subsequently made further debuts as The Mother in Dallapiccola's IL PRIGIONIERO under Erik Nielsen and with the State Opera Hannover as Begonia in Henze’s DER JUNGE LORD.

As a visiting artist, Ms. Vaughn made her Italian debut as Azucena IL TROVATORE under the baton of Nicola Luisotti at Teatro Verdi Trieste where she was later heard as Ulrica BALLO IN MASCHERA, a role she also performed at Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, Teatro Massimo Palermo, Teatro delle Muse Ancona, Teatro Verdi Salerno, and Teatro Filarmonico Verona. She became a regular guest at the Arena di Verona where she performed more than 50 performances of Amneris in Franco Zeffirelli's AIDA as well as several performances of Azucena IL TROVATORE. Additional success in Italy include Amneris at Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, and at the Festival Veneto as well as Azucena at Teatro Carlo Felice Genova and the Festival Arturo Toscanini Busseto. Further international engagements have included Azucena IL TROVATORE at the Budapest National Opera and Greek National Opera, Amneris AIDA at Opera Hong Kong, Herodias, SALOME at Las Palmas Opera, Erda DER RING DES NIBELUNGEN at Finnish National Opera, Augsburg Opera, and the State Opera Kassel, Ulrica BALLO IN MASCHERA and Venus TANNHÄUSER at Hamburg State Opera, Maria PORGY AND BESS at the Bregenz Festival, Mistress Quickly FALSTAFF at Korean National Opera, as well as Klytemnestra ELEKTRA, Zia Principessa SUOR ANGELICA, and Princess Eboli DON CARLO with Opera Frankfurt.

In North America Ms. Vaughn has appeared as Azucena IL TROVATORE with Sacramento Opera, Amneris AIDA with Michigan Opera Theater, Tulsa Opera, Seattle Opera, and Orange County Opera, Ulrica BALLO IN MASCHERA at San Francisco Opera, and La Frugola IL TABARRO with Los Angeles Opera.

From 2010 to 2018 Ms. Vaughn was a principal artist with Dresden Semper Opera where she was heard as Azucena IL TROVATORE, Venus, Ortrud LOHENGRIN, Klytemnestra ELEKTRA, Eboli DON CARLO, Prince Orloffsky DIE FLEDERMAUS, Isabella L'ITALIANA IN ALGERI, Suzuki MADAME BUTTERFLY, Grand Vestale LA VESTALE, Herodias SALOME, Cornelia GIULIO CESARE, and Filipyevna EUGENE ONEGIN among others.

From 1998 to 2006 Tichina Vaughn was a principal artist at the Stuttgart State Opera where she was awarded the title of Kammersängerin for her successes in such roles as Eboli DON CARLO, Azucena IL TROVATORE, Widow Begbick MAHAGONNY, Venus TANNHÄUSER, Giulietta TALES OF HOFFMAN, Arnalta L'INCORONAZIONE DI POPPEA, Herodias SALOME, Fricka DIE WALKÜRE, Waltraute GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG, and Erda SIEGFRIED and DAS RHEINGOLD.

In addition to her many operatic successes, Tichina Vaughn has performed symphonic concerts, chamber concerts, and recitals in many prestigious concert halls around the world. Featured works include Verdi Requiem , Beethoven 9th Symphony and Bernstein Jeremiah Symphony.

Orchestras and conductors include the Berlin Philharmonic, the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra, the Taipei Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra Kennedy Center, the Jerusalem Symphony, the North Carolina Symphony, the Stuttgart Philharmonic,and the National Symphony of Ireland in collaboration with maestros James Conlon, Placido Domingo, James Levine, Fabio Luisi, Nicola Luisotti, Bobby McFerrin, Daniel Oren, Sir Simon Rattle, Mstislav Rostropovich, Nello Santi, and Omer Meir Welber.

Her discography includes the Stuttgart State Theater DER RING DES NIBELUNGEN which include her highly acclaimed appearances as Fricka DIE WALKÜRE and Waltraute DIE GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG which were filmed for the DVD distributed by Euro Arts and recorded for Naxos. In 2005 Tichina released her solo portrait CD entitled "Christmas at My House." Additionally she appears on the new release SCHWANDA THE BAGPIPER - LIVE FROM THE SEMPEROPER.

In addition to her title as Kammersängerin, Tichina Vaughn has received many awards and honors during her distinguished career including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Award, the Richard Tucker Foundation Study Grant Award, the Opera Index Vocal Competition Award, Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation Award, and a Birgit Nilsson Foundation Award. Most recently she was presented the Consul General's Award for Cultural Diplomacy from the Consulate General in Milan.