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 performances include Valencienne (The Merry Widow) and Farinelli’s Trainer (Vinkensport, or The Finch Opera) with Opera Saratoga, Echo (Ariadne auf Naxos) with Austin Opera, and Anne Page (Sir John in Love) with Odyssey Opera. Other role highlights are Adina (L’elisir d’amore), Norina (Don Pasquale), Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Cunegonde (Candide), and Cinderella (Into the Woods). She has sung with the Metropolitan Opera, Caramoor International Music Festival, Opera New Jersey, Salt Marsh Opera, Opera Company of Middlebury, St. Petersburg Opera, Opera in Williamsburg, New Rochelle Opera, Opera Theater of Connecticut at the Sanibel Music Festival, and Orchestra of New Spain at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s Soluna Festival. She will next reprise the roles of Valencienne in The Merry Widow with Musica Viva Hong Kong and Frasquita in Carmen with the Helena Symphony, and returns to Odyssey Opera to sing the lead role of Lady Jane Grey in the World Premiere of Arnold Rosner’s The Chronicle of Nine: The Tragedy of Queen Jane in a co-production and recording with Boston Modern Orchestra Project. The following season will feature a role and company debut with Chicago Opera Theater as Beatrice Russo in Il Postino.
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, Ravel’s Shéhérazade, Beethoven’s Die Ruinen von Athen, and Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 singing with the Helena Symphony, Wheeling Symphony, Astoria Symphony Orchestra, Round Rock Symphony Orchestra, Mid-Texas Symphony, Ad Astra Music Festival, and Westminster Choral Festival.
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. As Guest Artists at Colorado State University, she and Mezzo-Soprano Sarah Nelson Craft gave a duet art song recital entitled The Tides of Love. 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).