Geraldine McMillian, Soprano
Geraldine McMillian has received acclaim for her highly dramatic and vocally accomplished performances in some of opera’s most challenging roles. She made her debut with the New York City Opera as Mimi in La Bohème and returned shortly thereafter in the role of Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly. Ms. McMillian’s close affiliation with the company began with its National Touring Company, singing Tosca, The Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro along with Mimi and Cio-Cio San which she subsequently sang with Minnesota Opera and El Paso Opera.
Her diverse repertoire includes the role of Monisha in Scott Jopin’s Treemonisha, with Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Madame Lidoine in Poulenc’s Dialogue of the Carmelites with Central City Opera and Aïda, which has become something of a signature role. She has sung the Ethiopian princess to great acclaim with Nashville Opera, Memphis Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Minnesota Opera, Opera Omaha and Cape Town Opera. Ms. McMillian just recently made her debut at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City in the role of Serena from Porgy and Bess.
However, it is with the operas of Puccini that Ms. McMillian has been in greatest demand. Her Tosca remains a distinctive creation, having performed the role with Pacific Opera Victoria, Minnesota Opera and Houston Ebony Opera where she also sang a memorable Suor Angelica. Another Puccini role that has brought her much success is Liù in Turandot, a role she first sang with Greater Miami Opera and later with Minnesota Opera and Connecticut Opera.
Ms. McMillian is also acknowledged as a supreme Mozart singer, with Donna Anna in Don Giovanni playing a particularly significant role in her career. She has performed the role with Minnesota Opera, Pacific Opera Victoria, Connecticut Opera, El Paso Opera, Tulsa Opera and Nashville Opera.
Highlights of her frequent orchestral appearances include Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess Suite with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Neeme Järvi and NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg and Pacific Symphony Orchestra, both with Carl St. Clair conducting. Other orchestral appearances include the New World Orchestra in Mexico City, Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Glendale Symphony, the Eesti Riiklik Sümfooniaorkester of Estonia, and the New Haven Symphony.
A native of Connecticut, Ms. McMillian studied at the Juilliard School, where she studied with Eleanor Steber.