Mezzo Soprano Megan Ott-Romero is known for her rich vocal color and charisma on the stage. She has years of training in musical theater and jazz voice, which have helped pave the way to her career in classical music. Recently, Ms. Ott-Romero has been seen as the title role of L’enfant in North Park University Opera’s production of L'enfant et les Sortilèges. In April, she took the first place spot in North Park University's competitive Performance Awards. In August she returned from a workshop in Vancouver, B.C., singing the role of Dorabella in Così fan tutte. Megan is thrilled to announce her Studio Artist position with Madison Opera where she will be singing Mercedes and covering Carmen in Bizet’s Carmen this coming Fall. In April, she will be singing in the chorus and covering the role of Paula in Daniel Catán’s, Florencia en el Amazonas. She is looking forward to the numerous outreach events and concerts throughout the year.
Her numerous roles with North Park Opera Scenes include, Lisa (The Passenger), Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia) Cesare (Giulio Cesare), Jo (Little Women), Nicklausse (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), Auntie (Peter Grimes), Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro), Ruth (Dark Sisters), Hermia (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Miss Todd (Old Maid and the Thief), and Sister Mathilde (Dialogues des Carmélites). Past full operatic roles include, Third Lady (Die Zauberflöte) under the baton of Dr. Tom Zelle, Nireno (Giulio Cesare) with the Chicago Handel Week Festival under direction of Dr. Dennis Northway, Rosine (Signor Deluso) with North Park Opera directed by Philip Kraus, and The Page (Amahl and the Night Visitors) with Otterbein University Opera led by Dr. Karen Eckenroth.
In Summer 2015, she studied and performed with Orvieto Musica, an intensive chamber music festival taking place in Orvieto, Italy. Ms. Ott-Romero received an Honorable Mention in the Chicago NATs Graduate Division in Fall of 2015. In 2014, as part of Otterbein University’s Humor and Music Festival, Megan premiered Mr. Jon Deak’s work “Sin City”, a character piece for voice and piano. At Otterbein, she was a recipient of the Paula Peters Memorial Academic Award and the Thelma Zellner Memorial Choral Scholarship.
A native of Erie, Pennsylvania, Megan holds a B.A. in Music from Otterbein University in Westerville, OH and is wrapping up her M.M. in Vocal Performance at North Park University in Chicago. She has been heavily involved in North Park's Opera program, working as an assistant for two years under artistic director, Nyela Basney. She studies under the tutelage of Kurt Link. When not in a practice room, Megan enjoys exploring the neighborhoods of Chicago with her husband Vicente and playing with newly adobted cat, Lambie.