Praised by Opera News as a “standout”, young mezzo Gina Perregrino is already garnering attention on stages around the country.
Original engagements during Ms. Perregrino’s COVID-19 shortened 2019-2020 season include a debut with Boston Lyric Opera to sing the role of Nireno and cover the title role in Giulio Cesare, and returns to Atlanta Opera to sing Lupe in Frida. On the concert stage, she joins The Phoenix Symphony for Beethoven’s Mass in C. Last season, Ms. Perregrino returned to The Atlanta Opera as Nica in Charlie Parker’s Yardbird, appeared with Dallas Opera as a soloist with their Hart Institute for Women Conductors and returned to Santa Fe Opera for a second apprenctice season, singing Pastuchyna in Jenůfa after being seen as Paquette in their production of Candide by Laurent Pelly during the summer of 2018.
In the 2017-2018 season, Ms. Perregrino joined The Atlanta Opera where she sang Anna I in Seven Deadly Sins and Edka in the world premiere of Out of Darkness: Two Remain by Jake Heggie. That summer, she made her company debut at Central City Opera as an apprentice artist where she sang the title role in a performance of Carmen.
The 2016-2017 season included several operatic debuts. Ms. Perregrino was heard at Minnesota Opera for two productions, singing Stéphano in Romeo et Juliette and Clizia in L’arbore di Diana. While with the company she also covered Wellgunde in Das Rheingold and Lucy Talbot in William Bolcom’s world premiere of Dinner at Eight. She joined Querido Arte in Guatemala where she sang Maddalena in Rigoletto in a production that was broadcast on Univision TeleOnce throughout Guatemala and parts of Central America. That summer, she made her company debut at Central City Opera as an apprentice artist where she sang the title role in a performance of Carmen.
In the 2015-2016 season, Ms. Perregrino was the grand prize winner of the Metropolitan International Vocal Competition where she sang the Brahms’ Songs with Viola in a winner’s gala at Lincoln Center. She is an Encouragement Award winner from the Metropolitan Opera National Council. She was a soloist with the Cincinnati May Festival as part of their Dream Project, which included Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Vaughan Williams’ A Tribute to Music. In the 2016 summer season, Ms. Perregrino made her debut with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis singing Blindwoman in the world premiere of Shalimar the Clown, and covered Composer in Ariadne on Naxos.
Ms. Perregrino is a graduate of Manhattan School of Music where she earned both a bachelors and masters degree. There she performed the leading role (Marquise de Merteuil) in Conrad Susa’s contemporary opera Dangerous Liaisons under the baton of George Manahan, for which she received critical acclaim.
Minnesota Opera – Roméo et Juliette
Also stealing scenes on opening night were Phillip Addis’ Mercutio and Gina Perregrino as Romeo’s page, Stéphano.”
Rob Hubbard, Twin Cities Pioneer Press
“Gina Perregrino is cocky and swaggering as the young page Stéphano, the unwitting instigator of the opera’s climactic violence.”
Lydia Lunning, Twin Cities Arts Reader
“Gina Perregrino a sprightly Stephano.”
Michael Anthony, Star Tribune
Cincinnati May Festival – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Soprano Anya Matanovic and mezzo-soprano Gina Perregrino supplied nuanced fairy solos… Set against a moonlit backdrop, the chorus sang with stunning precision and color, while four excellent soloists (Daniel Weeks, Matthew Worth, Matanovic and Perregrino) made refined contributions.”
Janelle Gelfand, Cincinnati Enquirer
The Atlanta Opera – Out of Darkness: Two Remain
Rounding out the cast as Edka… was Gina Perregrino whose mezzo-soprano held strong among the larger roles; her dramatic integrity helped bring a sincerity to Krysia’s naivety.”
Daniel Weisman, Schmopera
“…mezzos Elise Quagliata and Gina Perregrino shone as Krystyna’s compatriots, Zosia and Edka… Perregrino sang Edka’s snatches of music with rich clarity.”
Stephanie Adrian, Opera News
Manhattan School of Music – La Doriclea
Gina Perregrino provided a warm heart for the sometimes silly and none too credible plot. Perregrino layered Tigrane with a combination of mellow goodness and swaggering strength, and… created a relationship of real tenderness and urgency.”
Joanne Sydney Lessner, Opera News
“As Doriclea’s royal husband Tigrane, Gina Perregrino showed an attractive mezzo, performing with complete conviction.”
David Shengold, Gay City News
Manhattan School of Music – The Mother of us All
Standouts included Gina Perregrino as a fluent, lively Indiana Elliot, who wants to marry Jo without taking his name.”
David J. Baker, Opera News
“Mezzo Gina Perregrino was appropriately spunky as his beloved Indiana Elliot.”
Zachary Woolfe, New York Times