Praised for her "masterful sense of comedic verisimilitude" (Daniel Kepl), American soprano Naomi Merer is excited to perform Miss Phoebe in the North American premiere of Lehár’s The Mock Marriage at the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara. Her previous operatic roles include Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro (University of California, Santa Barbara), Zweite Dame in Die Zauberflöte (Prague Summer Nights Music Festival), Youth in Thomas Cipullo’s After Life (UCSB & National Opera Association), Célie in Thomas Pasatieri’s Signor Deluso (UCSB), Papagena in Die Zauberflöte (Amalfi Coast Music and Arts Festival), and Madame Herz in The Impresario (Northwestern University). Ms. Merer has also performed with several ensembles, including as the soprano soloist in A Christmas Garland with the Santa Barbara Choral Society and Orchestra, the chorus of Mozart’s Requiem with the Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra and several chorus roles with Opera Santa Barbara, including Lolette in La rondine, a Hen in The Cunning Little Vixen, Suor Osmina in Suor Angelica, as well as ensemble in Manon, Carmen, and Don Giovanni. She also sang the title role of Manon, Giulietta in Les contes d’Hoffmann, Mercédès in Carmen, and Alto Chorus in The Diary of One Who Disappeared by Janáček in Opera Santa Barbara’s outreach concerts.
Ms. Merer’s accolades include winning second place in the Performing Arts Scholarship Foundation competition (2018) and singing on a master class with Renée Fleming in the Lobero Theatre (2016). A versatile artist, Ms. Merer also starred in several of Northwestern’s musical theatre productions, portraying Lucy and the Street Singer in The Threepenny Opera and Linda in The Wedding Singer. Ms. Merer has also attended several young artist programs, including AIMS in Graz, Austria, where she sang in a variety of concerts, such as operetta concerts with the AIMS Festival Orchestra. She is currently an MM/DMA candidate in voice performance at UCSB, where she studies with Dr. Linda Di Fiore on a full tuition scholarship with a teaching assistantship stipend. At UCSB, Ms. Merer maintains a voice studio where she teaches individual voice lessons to non-majors, gives small master classes, and coaches diction.