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.