Murrella Parton returns to Kentucky Opera to sing Older Alyce in Tom Cipullo's Glory Denied for the 2019/2020 season. Last season, she was the resident soprano in the Sandford Studio Artist program where she made her professional debut as First Lady in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte and was seen as Hannah / Sheva in Ben Moore's Enemies, A Love Story and in recital and concerts throughout the season.
This summer she returns to Cincinnati Opera to join in the choruses of Le Nozze di Figaro and Roméo et Juliette. In recent seasons she performed in the Cincinnati Opera Chorus for productions of Wagner's Der fliegende Holländer and the American premiere of Julien Bilodeau's Another Brick in the Wall. In 2018, Ms. Parton had the opportunity to workshop the role of Sabina in Rufus Wainwright's newest opera, Hadrian, with Opera Fusion: New Works. She has performed the roles of Nella in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, Ginevra in Handel's Ariodante, Elettra in Mozart’s Idomeneo, Fiordiligi in Mozart's Così fan tutte, Sylviane in Lehar’s The Merry Widow, and in the choruses of Puccini's La Bohème, Massenet's Cendrillon, and Gilbert & Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance. In addition to operatic repertoire, Ms. Parton has been a featured soloist in concerts of Handel's Messiah, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Vivaldi’s Magnificat, Bach’s Magnificat, Bach's Mass in B minor, Bach's Ascension Oratorio, and Mozart's Requiem.
Ms. Parton has been the recipient of several awards. Most recently, she is a semi finalist for both the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (2019) and the Young Patronesses of the Arts/Florida Grand Opera Competition (2019). In recent years her awards include Second Prize at the Opera Columbus Cooper-Bing Competition (2018), First Place in the Cincinnati Women’s Club 3 Arts Competition (2016), the Italo Tajo Award (2018), the Andrew White Award (2016) and the Seybold-Russell Award (2015) from CCM’s Opera Scholarship Competition, the Verdi Award from the Orpheus Vocal Competition (2015), and is a District Winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (2018).
Ms. Parton holds a master of music in vocal performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a bachelor of music in vocal music education from the University of Tennessee Knoxville.
Photo Credit: Jackie Stevens