Hailed by the New York Times for her "clear, pealing voice" (Scarlatti's L'Arianna-The Arianna Project, Musica Nuova) and by Opera News for her “best all-around performance” (Handel's Ariodante - The Princeton Festival) soprano Marcy Richardson is a versatile artist with a passion for baroque, contemporary music, cabaret, musical theater, and pole and aerial dance.
She most recently performed with Company XIV as a singing aerialist, pole dancer, and classical vocalist in the critically acclaimed Nutcracker Rouge for a seven-week run, and as Athena in Paris! for a five-week run at the Irondale Theater. Upcoming performances include the role of Emilie in a concert version of Rameau's Les Indes Galantes with American Classical Orchestra and the Venetian Valentine Masked Ball with Company XIV in collarboration with Carnegie Hall and Dances of Vice.
In 2015/2016, Marcy completed a 7 month off-broadway season with Company XIV, where she performed as a classical soprano, pole acrobat, and singing aerialist in their productions of Snow White, Nutcracker Rouge, and Cinderella at the Minetta Lane Theater in the West Village. Other recent appearances include shows with L'Opera Burlesque as a singing aerialist at New York City's Duane Park, the 1940's burlesque musical comedy revue Knockers: A Burlesque Musical off Broadway at the Elektra Theater with the Hot Box Girls, Fades Away with Aera Dance at The House of Yes, aerials in the Curiosity Cabinet's Night Like Velvet: in twelve letters at Dixon Place, and classical vocal ensemble in Michael Haydn's Requiem with American Classical Orchestra at St. Ignatius of Antioch.
The 2014/15 season featured her as Marta in Caldara's Maddalena with American Classical Orchestra, soprano soloist in Music of the Gilded Age with the Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra at Pier A in lower Manhattan, the Ghost of Christmas Past in the new musical Scrooge No More at the Globe Theater at Busch Gardens Williamsburg, a role in which she employed both her singing and aerial dance skills under the direction of Lisa Shriver, ensemble in Sweeney Todd in the Piper Theater's Summer Festival at the Old Stone Playhouse in Brooklyn, singer and aerialist in Checkpoint Charlie's State of Affairs with the ANTFest at Ars Nova, her reprise as Annie King George in selections from The Enchanted Organ-A Burlesque Opera/Satire of the porn industry with Operotica at DROM, and many performances with L'Opera Burlesque at Duane Park. She also returned to West Michigan Symphony's "The Block" for her second one-woman show.
Originally from Grosse Pointe, MI and a graduate of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Ms. Richardson’s other stage credits include her Carnegie Hall debut at Zankel Hall singing Mozart and Kurt Weill in a benefit concert for Best Buddies NY, her Lincoln Center debut at Alice Tully and Avery Fisher Hall as the soprano soloist in the Faure Requiem and Mozart Vesparae solennes de Confessore with MidAmerica Productions, ensemble and soloist in Handel's Samson with American Classical Orchestra under Nicholas McGegan at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, Poppea in Handel’s Agrippina with Operamission, Diana and Giove as Diana (La Calisto) with Vertical Player Repertory, Dalinda (Ariodante) with the Princeton Festival, Monica (The Medium) with St. Petersburg Opera, Kurt Weill’s Berlin to Broadway with Opera Columbus, From Paris to Berlin to New York with Toledo Opera, Kurt Weill Uncovered: A Cabaret Chronology, Poulenc's La Courte Paille, and Seconda Donna Handel Arias (live concert and recording session) with OperaMission, Mabel (The Pirates of Penzance), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), and Mrs. Hayes (Susannah) with Orlando Opera, Barbarina (Le Nozze di Figaro) and Adina (L’Elisir d’Amore) with Baltimore Opera, Emmaline (Purcell’s King Arthur) with the Bloomington Early Music Festival, Papagena (Die Zauberflöte) with Opera Vivente, and Fiorilla (Il Turco in Italia), Lucy (The Telephone), and Poussette (Manon) at Indiana University.
A champion of new music, she created the roles of Fiordiligi in the premiere of Jonathan Dawe's Cosi Faran Tutti at Columbia University’s Italian Academy, Ani King George in the premiere of The Enchanted Organ, a burlesque opera by Gordon Beeferman and Charlotte Jackson, So Yeon in John Eaton's microtonal opera, Re-Routed, with the Pocket Opera Players at Symphony Space, the title role in a staged reading of Louis Karchin's Jane Eyre with Center for Contemporary Opera, and Maria in The Bonfire of the Vanities by Stefania de Kenessey and Michael Bergmann. Ms. Richardson has also been a featured performer with the New York Festival of Song (NYFOS Next,) American Composer’s Alliance Summer Festival, The Jessold Consort, OPERAtion Brooklyn with Opera on Tap and American Opera Projects, VocalEssence under Philip Brunelle, Mimesis Ensemble, Aguava New Music Ensemble at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Orlando Philharmonic, and the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland as a member of the Contemporary Music Festival Academy under Pierre Boulez.
Ms. Richardson has won various awards and grants from the Kurt Weill Foundation, Gerda Lissner Foundation, Heinz Rehfuss Singing Actor Awards, Metropolitan Opera National Council, Fritz and Lavinia Jensen Foundation, Heida Hermanns International Voice Competition, and Opera Birmingham’s Cassell Stewart Vocal Competition.
No stranger to musical theater, Ms. Richardson got her start in dance and theater at an early age and is comfortable with crossover and belting. She recently debuted her one-woman cabaret, My Favorite Things, at West Michigan Symphony’s “The Block.” She has also appeared as Rosie (Cabaret), Lili Vanessi (Kiss Me Kate), Cinderella (Into the Woods), Dream Laurey (Oklahoma!), Tribe Member (Hair), Leonide (Triumph of Love), Angel City 4 (City of Angels), and featured dancer/ensemble in On the Town, Will Rogers Follies, and Once on this Island, to name a few.