Praised by The New York Times for her “lucid soprano” in her role debut as Fiordiligi in LoftOpera’s Cosi fan tutte, Megan Pachecano “gave a flawless rendition of ‘Come scoglio,’ handling the technical gymnastics of this aria with great ease and with impeccable timing.” (Opera News) Her recent portrayal of Anne Page in Vaughan Williams’ Sir John in Love with Odyssey Opera was described by The Boston Musical Intelligencer as “warm, funny, and passionate by turns, soaring in elegant lyricism.” Other operatic highlights have included both Adina and Gianetta in L’elisir d’amore, Norina in Don Pasquale, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, and Cinderella in Sondheim’s Into the Woods, working with such companies as Austin Opera, Opera New Jersey, St. Petersburg Opera, Salt Marsh Opera, The Opera Company of Middlebury, New Rochelle Opera, and Opera in Williamsburg. She added early opera to her repertoire last season singing Les Amants Enchantés in Boismortier’s Don Quichotte chez la Duchesse and Mystery in Purcell’s The Fairy Queen with the Orchestra of New Spain, which The Dallas Morning News said she “sang most expressively.” This season’s engagements include Echo in Ariadne auf Naxos with Austin Opera, Frasquita in Opera in Williamsburg’s Carmen, Valencienne in The Merry Widow and Farinelli’s Trainer in David T. Little and Royce Vavrek’s Vinkensport, or The Finch Opera with Opera Saratoga, and Cunegonde in a Bernstein concert with the Helena Symphony. Next season she will make debuts with Opera San Antonio and the Mid-Texas Symphony.
A frequent concert soloist, Ms. Pachecano has performed Handel’s Messiah, Israel in Egypt, Samson, Jephtha, and Saul, Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor, Coronation Mass, Requiem, and Exsultate, jubilate, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass and Little Organ Mass, Beethoven’s Die Ruinen von Athen, and Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 singing with the Helena Symphony, Astoria Symphony Orchestra, Round Rock Symphony Orchestra, Ad Astra Music Festival, and Westminster Choral Festival. She has been featured in concert with the Caramoor International Music Festival, Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s Soluna Festival, and Opera Theater of Connecticut at the Sanibel Music Festival. This season she returned to the Astoria Symphony for a pops concert at the Queensborough Performing Arts Center.
Ms. Pachecano recently presented a solo cabaret recital with the Odeon Theater’s Concert Series and has performed in musical theatre showcases at the Ensemble Studio Theatre, The PIT, and Daryl Roth Theatres in New York City. She created the role of Elizabeth on the cast album of Melillo’s Son of the Storm and was a soloist on the Naxos recording American Choral Music. She will next give a duet art song recital The Tides of Love with Mezzo-Soprano Sarah Nelson Craft as Guest Artists at Colorado State University. The two have enjoyed much critical notice of their vocal blend, together called “pliant and luminous” and praised for their “fluid, robust singing” by Parterre Box.
Ms. Pachecano holds a bachelor’s degree in voice performance from The University of Texas at Austin and a master’s degree in classical voice from Manhattan School of Music where she sang an “edgy, energetic portrayal” (Opera News) of Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, “easily caressing challenging passages with elegance and Mozartian grace” (Parterre Box).