Rosella Ewing, mezzo soprano, is delighted to have returned to her native Tennessee to perform and teach. Chief among the many opera roles Ms. Ewing has performed in her career are Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Charlotte in Werther, Meg in Little Women, Mother Marie in Dialogues des Carmelites, Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte, Mrs. Page in Merry Wives of Windsor, the Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, and the Mother in Hansel and Gretel. Ms. Ewing has performed professionally with the New Orleans Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Tri-Cities Opera, and at the Rose Theater with Lincoln Center. She has participated in the apprenticeship programs of Santa Fe Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera for two consecutive summers, the Studio Artist program at Chautauqua Opera, and the Resident Artist program at Tri-Cities Opera for three years. Last summer, she made her debut of Cherubino in New York City with the Martina Arroyo Prelude to Performance Program. At the Santa Fe Opera, Ms. Ewing covered Mrs. Sedley in Peter Grimes and performed in the world premier of Ainadamar, by Osvoldo Golijov, directed by Peter Sellars. She also performed in the New York premier of Ainadamar at Lincoln Center. Ms. Ewing enjoys performing in Oratorios and Art Song Recitals as well as Opera.
After earning a BA from the University of the South in Sewanee, Ms. Ewing received her MM in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ. There she made her operatic debut in the title role of Xerxes, which she followed with her second operatic performance as Sesto in La clemenza di Tito. Ms. Ewing finished her DMA in Voice and Opera from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge in 2009. Ms. Ewing has been a district winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and she was chosen as first alternate for the Louisiana chapter of NATSAA in 2006. The Tennessee Arts Commission recently honored Ms. Ewing with the Individual Artist Grant for 2011. Ms. Ewing is currently a Visiting Professor of Music at Covenant College, and has performed with several ensembles in the Chattanooga area in addition to the CSO, including Choral Arts and the Chadek Orchestra.