Last season the American mezzo-soprano Cecelia Hall, who joined the Ensemble in 2016/17, sang Mercédès in Carmen, Dorabella in Così fan tutte and Purcell's Dido. She recently sang two new roles for the company, Irene in Tamerlano, which she sings here again this season, and the title role in Xerxes, which she sings at the Komische Oper Berlin. This season you can also hear her singing her first Charlottes in Werther, 2nd Lady in a new Die Zauberflote and Iseut the Fair's Mother in Frank Martin's Le vin herbé (a new production which nearly opened last year!). Roles since joining the company have included Idamante (Idomeneo), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro) and Marzelline in Le nozze di Figaro, Mère Jeanne de l'Enfant Jesus in a new Dialogues des Carmélites, Marguerite (La damnation de Faust), Humperdinck's (Hänsel und Gretel) and Fulvia in Gluck's Ezio. She graduated from the Juilliard School in New York, sang in Manon and Iphigénie en Tauride at the Metropolitan Opera in New York and in Elektra, Lucia di Lammermoor and Annio in La clemenza di Tito at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. She sang her first Sestos in La clemenza di Tito at the Opera Theatre of St. Louis. She also enjoyed great success as Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Canadian Opera in Toronto, Cherubino at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich and Philadelphia Opera and the Composer (Ariadne auf Naxos) under Vladimir Jurowski in Moscow's Philharmonie. Other engagements have taken her to places including Seattle, Santa Fe, the Aix-en-Provence Festival, Seattle Opera, Philadelphia Opera and Opera Omaha, singing roles including the Composer (Ariadne auf Naxos), Rosina (Il barbiere di siviglia), Sesto and Annio (La clemenza di Tito) and Romeo in Bellini's I Capuleti e i Montecchi. This award winning artist has also appeared at venues including the Carnegie Hall in New York, Wigmore Hall in London and the Mostly Mozart Festival.