Kira Dills-Desurra, Mezzo-Soprano

About

About

In the 2017-2018 season, mezzo-soprano Kira Dills-DeSurra makes her role debut as Vera Boronel in The Consul with Long Beach Opera and Chicago Opera Theater, reprises her role of Isolde of the White Hands in Frank Martin’s Le Vin Herbé with Long Beach Opera, and will appear as a soloist in concert with the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Francesco Milioto. In summer 2018, she will return to Central City Opera to reprise her role of Zweite Dame in Die Zauberflöte as well as cover Ines in Il Trovatore.

A 2017 graduate of the Chicago Opera Theater Young Artist Program, she has appeared with them as Nurse and Secretary in Glass’ The Perfect American (also with Long Beach Opera), Lysander (cover)/ Ensemble in The Fairy Queen (also with Long Beach Opera), Isolde of the White Hands in Le Vin Herbé, La Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi, Cecilio (Cover)/Chorus in Mozart’s Lucio Silla, and Mary in the Chicago premiere of Amy Beach’s Cabildo. A gifted singing actress in a wide range of repertoire, other recent role highlights include Mercédès in Carmen (Central City Opera), Stéphano in Roméo et Juliette (Lorin Maazel’s Castleton Festival), Chewy in the world premiere of Hand to Mouth (First Look Sonoma), and Zweite Dame in Die Zauberflöte (Chicago College of Performing Arts).

Ms. Dills-DeSurra is a recent recipient of the Central City Opera Guild Award (2017) and a MONC St. Louis District Encouragement Award (2016). Other recent accolades include being a National Finalist in the Classical Singer Competition (2017), First Place in the Evanston/North Shore Music Club Competition (2016), and First Place in the NATS: Chicago Chapter (2016). Ms. Dills-DeSurra earned her Artist Diploma and Master of Music from Roosevelt University: Chicago College of Performing Arts and Bachelor of Music from the University of Southern California.

Critical Acclaim

Zweite Dame / Die Zauberflöte / Central City Opera
" The harmonies delivered by the Three Ladies (Tasha Koontz, Kira Dills-DeSurra and Melanie Ashkar), who follow Tamino throughout the opera, are nothing short of divine."
David Marlowe, Theatre Reviews / Read the Review
Zweite Dame / Die Zauberflöte / Central City Opera
"Apprentice Artists Tasha Koontz, Kira Dills-DeSurra and Melanie Ashkar sang and acted the Three Ladies with aplomb and beautifully blending voices"
Charles Jernigan, Jernigan Opera Journal / Read the Review
Zweite Dame / Die Zauberflöte / Central City Opera
"Apprentice artists Tasha Koontz, Kira Dills-DeSurra and Melanie Ashkar were pleasing in every way as the Three Ladies."
Peter Alexander / Read the Review
Isolde of the White Hands / The Love Potion / Long Beach Opera
"Kira Dills-DeSura, who will be the Second Lady in Central City Opera’s presentation of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” this summer, was a sweet-sounding Isolde-of-the-White-Hands who showed her innocence with creamy alto tones."
Maria Nockin, Operawire / Read the Review
Isolde of the White Hands / The Love Potion / Long Beach Opera
"As the evil Isolde of the White Hands (yes, there were two Isolde's in the text sources Martin used), alto Kira Dills-DeSurra's malevolence is carefully calibrated."
Rick Schultz, LA Times / Read the Review
Vera Boronel / The Consul / Chicago Opera Theater
"Kira Dills-DeSurra's desperate Vera Boronel completed the cast with distinction."
Mark Thomas Ketterson, Opera News / Read the Review
Vera Boronel / The Consul / Chicago Opera Theater
"Kira Dills-Desurra as Vera Boronel was amusing in her paper-signing duet with the Secretary"
Lawrence A. Johnson, Chicago Classical Review / Read the Review
Vera Boronel / The Consul / Long Beach Opera
"Every role is cast flawlessly, a rarity in opera."
Tony Frankel, Stage and Cinema / Read the Review
Mercedes / Carmen / Central City Opera
"The singers handled the French dialogue efficiently, showing fine command of the tricky ensemble demands of the smuggler’s quintet and card trio, in which Heidi Middendorf (Frasquita) and Kira Dills-DeSurra (Mercedes) performed flawlessly."
Marc Shulgold, Opera News / Read the Review
Mercedes / Carmen / Central City Opera
"Among the supporting cast, Heidi Middendorf and Kira Dills-DeSurra were delightfully engaging as Carmen's friends Frasquita and Mercedes. "
Kelly Dean Hansen, Daily Camera Entertainment / Read the Review
Lysander (Cover) / Ensemble / The Fairy Queen / Chicago Opera Theater
"Also covering the lead roles … mezzo-soprano Kira Dills-DeSurra ...sang strongly and often very beautifully. In an ensemble of this size, the quality of each individual voice was apparent, and the young singers revealed themselves to be first-rate artists in the making. "
Joseph Newsome, Voix des Arts / Read the Review
Isolde of the White Hands / The Love Potion / Chicago Opera Theater
"sang robustly and with well-blended cohesion"
Lawrence A. Johnson, Chicago Classical Review / Read the Review
La Ciesca / Gianni Schicchi / Chicago Opera Theater
"sung lustily and executed the complex ensembles flawlessly"
Bill Sweetland, Newcity Stage / Read the Review
Stéphano / Roméo et Juliette / Castleton Festival
"There were strong performances throughout the supporting roles...Kira Dills-DeSurra as Stéphano, the young page of Roméo. "
Philip Kennicott, The Washington Post / Read the Review
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