Pianist Madeline Slettedahl, from Seattle, Washington, is a first-year Ryan Opera Center member. A 2016 participant at Music Academy of the West and winner of that year’s Marilyn Horne Song Competition, she served as rehearsal pianist for the Academy’s production of The Bartered Bride
and OperaFest scenes program. Recent engagements include rehearsal pianist for Menotti’s The Telephone
and The Medium
(Opera in the Heights) and coach/pianist for the 2017 world-premiere workshop of Ricky Ian Gordon’s A House Without a Christmas Tree
(Houston Grand Opera). Slettedahl debuted at Carnegie Hall in January 2017 performing in master classes with Dame Felicity Lott and pianist Margo Garrett for Carnegie’s The Song Continues Institute. Two months later she completed a nationwide recital tour with baritone Ben Lowe. She has performed world premieres of numerous commissioned works, including “Willows” by composer-conductor Roger Briggs and “My Life a Lyric Cry” by Greek-Canadian composer Constantine Caravassilis. Slettedahl is an alumna of Rice University (master’s degree, Andre Watts Scholarship, Michael P. Hammond Preparatory Program Olshan Foundation Fellowship Award) and Western Washington University (bachelor’s degree, first prize in the WWU Concerto Competition, Music Teachers National Association Young Artist Piano Competition).
Slettedahl will serve on the Lyric Opera music staff for the 2017/18 production of The Pearl Fishers
Back to the 2017/18 Ryan Opera Center Ensemble
Photo: Carlos Eric Lopez