Megan Gillis is a New York City based performer, producer, and educator. In 2015, Megan earned her Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the Manhattan School of Music where she studied under soprano, Joan Patenaude-Yarnell. While at MSM, Megan performed roles such as Gertrude Stein in Virgil Thompson’s The Mother of Us All and Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, and Rose in Delibes' Lakme. She also appeared in scenes from Hansel and Gretel, The Magic Flute, Written on Skin, and Nixon in China. In 2014, Megan was awarded runner-up in the Eisenburg-Fried Concerto Competition for her interpretation of Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915.
Megan earned her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia (’13). There she studied under soprano Dr. Stephanie Tingler and performed the roles of Erste Dame in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and the Voice of the Mother in Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann. Megan was also a member of the award-winning Hodgson Singers and was awarded the Pierce Arant Concert Choir Award for Outstanding Choir Member in 2013. Megan appeared as a featured soloist for many of the UGA Choral Ensembles including the University of Georgia University Chorus and the Collegium Musicum Ensemble.
Megan has been involved with many summer music festivals including Opera in the Ozarks, The Harrower Summer Opera Workshop, The Franco-American Vocal Academy, The Russian Opera Workshop, and the Savannah VOICE Festival. In 2010 Megan made her European debut as Contessa Almavia in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro at the Gottisher Saal in Salzburg, Austria. Most recently, Megan completed the “Da Ponte Trio” by singing the role of Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte with the Portland Summer Opera Workshop.
A passionate collaborator, Megan is also involved with a number of performing ensembles in New York City and beyond. Most recent collaborations include a performance of Strauss' Vier Letze Leider at Steinway Hall with baritone, Thadeaus Bourne and pianist Sarah Masterson (The Masterson Ensemble) and a performance of Schoenberg's Pierrot Luniare at the West Village's acclaimed cabaret bar, The Duplex with inter I Collective . Megan has also been featured with composer, Darian Thomas, at House of Yes in Brooklyn, NY.
Megan is also an accomplished opera producer and arts-administrator. In 2016 she co-founded City Lyric Opera (formerly ARE Opera) with colleague, Kathleen Spencer. City Lyric Opera was created to redefine the way opera is perceived and produced by putting the artist first in a welcoming and collaborative environment and bringing this incredible art form to the greater New York City community. City Lyric Opera will launch it's fourth season in September of 2019 with productions of Gian Carlo Menotti's The Medium and Humperdink's Hansel und Gretel. For more information about City Lyric Opera please visit www.citylyricopera.org.