Critically acclaimed American mezzo-soprano Marion Pratnicki has created a reputation over the last 25 years, being admired both for her comedic interpretations and her ability to portray the most tragic dramatic roles. Trained in the United States with degrees in vocal performance from SUNY Fredonia and Indiana University, she made her operatic debut with the Opera Theatre of Rochester in Il Barbiere di Siviglia. Much to her delight, the Long Island native has since performed more than 40 operatic roles throughout the United States and Canada, most frequently in her specialty, a delicious variety of character roles!
Most recent appearances include Mikado with Opéra Lyra Ottawa and Hawaii Opera Theatre; Le Nozze di Figaro with L’Opéra de Montréal and Florida Grand Opera; Eugene Onegin with Cleveland Opera and Atlanta Opera; and Little Women and Les Dialogues des Carmelites with Glimmerglass Opera.
Her work on the operatic stage has included work with such companies as New York City Opera, Dallas Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, New Orleans Opera, Opera Carolina, Central City Opera, Orlando Opera, Opera Pacific, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Michigan Opera Theatre, Dayton Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Indianapolis Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Augusta Opera, Lake George Opera, Sarasota Opera, Syracuse Opera, Berkshire Opera, Opera Grand Rapids, Kentucky Opera, Tulsa Opera, Tacoma Opera, Virginia Opera, and Opera Festival of New Jersey in such productions as: Siegfried, Faust, Falstaff, Il Trovatore, Un Ballo in Maschera, Otello, Hansel and Gretel, Elektra, Katya Kabanova, Lucia di Lammermoor, Die Zauberflote, Mefistofele, Rape of Lucretia, Turn of the Screw, L’Italiana in Algieri, Ballad of Baby Doe, Amahl and the Night Visitors, Suor Angelica, Gianni Schicchi, Little Women, La Traviata, Cunning Little Vixen, Emmeline, Susannah, Street Scene, The Bartered Bride, Candide, The Sound of Music and Carousel.
In Canada, Ms. Pratnicki has appeared in productions of La Fille du Régiment with Edmonton Opera; Candide and Jenůfa with Vancouver Opera; and Le Nozze di Figaro and Roméo et Juliette with L’Opéra de Montréal, which was televised throughout Canada.
Well known for her comic interpretations of the works of Gilbert and Sullivan, Ms. Pratnicki has performed Iolanthe, Mikado, H.M.S. Pinafore and Pirates of Penzance with Glimmerglass Opera; Yoeman of the Guard with Cleveland Opera; and Pirates of Penzance with Opera Carolina and Wildwood Opera at Little Rock.
Ms. Pratnicki’s concert credits include The Messiah with the Erie Philharmonic; The Mozart Requiem, Beethoven Symphony No. 9, and the Verdi Requiem with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra; Elijah with the Grand Rapids Oratorio Society; and the Mahler Second Symphony with the Grand Rapids Symphony and the Colorado Symphony.
Marion Pratnicki has served on the voice faculty at both Indiana University, where she received her Master of Music, and Western Michigan University, where she held a position as an artist-in-residence until 1990. In 1998 she lent her considerable talents to the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, joining the artist voice faculty and the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute. Ms. Pratnicki is a former apprentice artist at Chautauqua Opera and a former Michigan Opera intern. She is currently in demand as a guest vocal clinician in master classes and resides in Winston-Salem with her husband and three step-children.