Mezzo-Soprano Sandra Piques Eddy has been praised by the Boston Globe as "a charismatic mezzo with future star written all over her," with a voice possessed of "extraordinary richness of timbre and expressiveness." Her combination of beautiful tone, artistic sensitivity, and superlative stagecraft have served to make Ms. Eddy one of North America's most highly acclaimed singing actresses.
Sandra sings the role of Fiona in the much anticipated Metropolitan Opera premiere of Nico Muhly'sTwo Boysdirected by Bartlett Sher in 2013.Ms. Eddy makes three company debuts this season with Nashville Opera as Rosina inIl barbiere di Siviglia,at Opera Colorado in the title role ofCarmenand at Hyogo Performing Arts Center in Japan as Dorabella inCosi fan tutte. After the Landmarks Orchestra concert at Boston's Hatch Shell on the Esplanade in the summer of 2014, Ms. Eddy will travel to England to sing the title role in Monteverdi'sThe Coronation of Poppeawith Opera North directed by Tim Albery. Ms. Eddy singsCarmenwith both Portland Opera and Calgary Opera and adds the role of Varvara inKatya Kabanovawith Boston Lyric Opera on to her repertoire list.
In season 2012-13, Sandra Piques Eddy returned to the rosters of the Metropolitan Opera, to Boston Lyric Opera as Dorabella inCosì fan tuttedirected by Sir Thomas Allen, to Atlanta Opera as Isabella in L’italiana in Algeri, to Portland Opera as Zerlina inDon Giovanni, to Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra as soloist inMessiah, and sang the title role inCarmenwith Opera Coeur d’Alene. Ms. Eddy's 2011-12 season included Rosina inIl barbiere di Sivigliawith Lyric Opera of Kansas City, also with Vancouver Opera, a return to Florentine Opera as Idamante inIdomeneo, and to the roster of the Metropolitan Opera for its production of the baroque pastiche,The Enchanted Island. Engagements in the 2010-11 season included the title role inCarmenfor both Opera North (UK) and Lyric Opera of Kansas City; Isabella inL’italiana in Algeriwith Austin Lyric Opera, also Boston Midsummer Opera; Zerlina with Opera Omaha; and Hänsel in Portland Opera’s production ofHänsel und Gretel.
Among Ms. Eddy's most recent successes are her return to the Metropolitan Opera as Mercédès in Sir Richard Eyre's production ofCarmen(also broadcast nationally on PBS and theatrically live in HD) and to Boston Lyric Opera as Idamante inIdomeneo; a recital at Amherst College; the role of Dinah in Bernstein'sTrouble in Tahitiwith Boston Midsummer Opera; performances as the title role inLa Tragédie de Carmenwith Chicago Opera Theater; the title role inLa Cenerentolawith Austin Lyric Opera, also at Spoleto Festival (USA); Charmian inAntony and Cleopatrawith New York City Opera; the roles of Juno and Ino inSemelewith Florentine Opera; Romeo inI Capuleti ed i Montecchiat Glimmerglass Opera; Cherubino with both Canadian Opera Company and Atlanta Opera; Isabella inL'italiana in Algeriwith Vancouver Opera; Stephano inRoméo et Juliettewith Hawaii Opera Theatre; soloist inBeethoven's Mass in Cat Spoleto Festival (USA); Dorabella inCosì fan tuttewith New York City Opera; Béatrice inBéatrice et Bénédictwith Chicago Opera Theater; and Rosina inIl barbiere di Sivigliawith Austin Lyric Opera and the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra.
Since her Metropolitan Opera debut in 2001, Sandra Piques Eddy has returned to the legendary stage to perform such roles as Cherubino inLe nozze di Figaro, Lola inCavalleria rusticana, Zulma inL'italiana in Algeri, Rosette inManon, Third Naked Virgin inMoses und Aron, Olga inThe Merry Widow, Countess Ceprano inRigoletto, The Dragonfly inL'Enfant et les sortilèges, the Third Handmaiden inSly, the Flower Maiden inParsifal, and Mercédès inCarmen. Other career highlights include appearing as Don Ramiro inLa finta giardinieraat Florida Grand Opera and New York City Opera; Meg inLittle Womenwith Glimmerglass Opera, Fort Worth Opera, and Kentucky Opera; Dorabella inCosì fan tuttewith Pittsburgh Opera; Isabella inL'italiana in Algeriwith Arizona Opera; and Cherubino with Los Angeles Opera and Chicago Opera Theater.
A Boston native, Ms. Eddy's professional concert debut was with Boston Baroque in Vivaldi'sGloriaat Sanders Theater and Portsmouth Music Hall. She has since had several reengagements, including Messagiera and Speranza inL'Orfeo, and Valletto and Amore inL'incoronazione di Poppea.Boston audiences have also heard her in various roles with Boston University's Opera Institute, including her signature Cherubino, Nancy inAlbert Herring, Tieresias in the staged premiere of Merryman'sAntigone, and, most memorably, as Sesto inLa clemenza di Tito. Ms. Eddy made her Avery Fisher Hall debut singingMessiahwith the National Chorale, and has performed as soloist with Granite State Opera Orchestra and at Monadnock and Manchester music festivals.
Sandra Piques Eddy was the first place New England Regional Winner of the 2000 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and a National Semi-finalist. She has won competitions a both Opera Lirica and the Boston Conservatory. Ms. Eddy graduated from Boston University’s School for the Arts with a master’s degree in Vocal Performance, and was an apprentice artist at the Boston Opera Institute. Additionally, she is a 2002 recipient of the Shoshana Foundation Richard Gold Career Grant.