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American mezzo soprano Tichina Vaughn is celebrated for her luxuriously rich voice as well as her electrifying stagecraft. She began her career as a member of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program and made her European debut as Mistress Quickly in Falstaff at the Oper Stuttgart.
In the current season engagements include Mary Der fligende Holländer for Utah Opera; Old Lady Candide for the Opéra de Lyon; and Monisha Treemonisha for Opera Theatre of St Louis.
Highlights in recent seasons include Innkeeper Boris Godunov, Mére Jeanne Dialogues des Carmélites and First Maid Elektra at the Metropolitan Opera; Emelda Griffith Champion for Boston Lyric Opera; Amneris Aida for Cincinnati Opera; and Maria Porgy and Bess at the Teatro alla Scala, English National Opera, Dutch National Opera and Theater an der Wien. She also performed many roles at the Semperoper Dresden including Klytämnestra Elektra, Die Knuperhexe Hänsel und Gretel, Herodias Salome, Mother Il prigioniero and Brigitta Die tote Stadt, where until the recently she was a principal artist.
Tichina Vaughn has extensively performed roles by Verdi, including Amneris Aida (Arena di Verona, Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, Opera Hong Kong, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Detroit Opera, Seattle Opera, Tulsa Opera, and Michigan Opera); Azucena Il trovatore (Arena di Verona, Teatro Verdi di Trieste, Festival Arturo Toscanini Bussetto, Teatro Carlo Felice, Greek National Opera, Hungarian National Opera and the Sacramento Opera); and Ulrica in Un ballo in maschera (San Francisco Opera, Staatsoper Hamburg, Oper Graz, Teatro Lirico di Salerno, Teatro Massimo di Palermo, and Semperoper Dresden). She has also appeared as a guest soloist at houses including LA Opera, Finnish National Opera, Staatstheater Augsburg, Staatheater Kassel, Oper Frankfurt, Bregenzer Festspiele, and Opera Las Palmas.
From 1998 to 2006 she was a principal artist at the Oper Stuttgart and was awarded the title Kammersängerin for her successes in such roles as as Eboli Don Carlo, Azucena Il trovatore, Widow Begbick Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny, Venus Tannhäuser, Arnalta L’incoronazione di Poppea, Herodias Salome, Fricka Die Walküre, Waltraute Götterdämmerung and Erda Das Rheingold and Siegfried.
In crossover repertoire she has been a guest at SWR Big Band, SWR 4 Band, Tango 5, and in numerous crossover concerts and festivals, as well as the 50th anniversary of the State of Baden-Württemberg.
Vaughn is a recipient of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Award, Opera Index Vocal Award, Robert M. Jacobson Study Grant, Birgit Nilsson Foundatin Award, Living Heritage Foundation Award, and the Consul General’s Award for Cultural Diplomacy from the Consulate General, Milan.
Emelda Griffith / Champion / Boston Lyric Opera / 2022
“Stylishly adorned in a floral dress and matching hat, Tichina Vaughn strikes a delicate balance of playfulness, detachment, and mournfulness as mysterious and headstrong Emelda Griffith. This brilliant mezzo-soprano accomplishes a degree of sympathy for Emelda which is difficult to muster as Emelda struggles with her aching discontent, heartache, and constant need for greener pastures.”
(The Sleepless Critic)
“…highlights included mezzo Tichina Vaughn as Emile’s mother, Emelda…”
Innkeeper / Boris Godunov / The Metropolitan Opera / 2021
“Other standouts of the night were Tichina Vaughn as the Hostess of the Inn, who had a fine mezzo…”
“Other Met regulars who were outstanding in their roles included… mezzo Tichina Vaughn as a zesty innkeeper…”
“The mezzo-soprano Tichina Vaughn, as a piquant inn hostess…”
(New York Times)
Mother of Aida/Ritual Singer II / Caruso a Cuba / Dutch National Opera / 2019
“Just as striking was mezzo-soprano Tichina Vaughn as her mother, who created a potent scene when warning the lovers not to defy the gods.”