Praised for her “radiant soprano” and “outstanding dramatic presence,” Meredith Lustig is establishing herself as an artist of great versatility and sophistication. Appearances in the 2017-18 season include Blanche DuBois in A Street Car Named Desire (Opera Company Middlebury), Dan Forrest’s Jubilate Deo (Distinguished Concerts International New York) at Carnegie Hall, Bernstein’s Mass with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Pops Concerts with Caramoor, and the premiere of her co-created Shakespearean cabaret Cupid Painted Blind with 23Arts and The Catskill Jazz Factory.
Appearances during the 2015-16 season included Eurydice in an English translation Offenbach’s Orphee Aux Enfers with Virginia Opera, Musetta in La Boheme with Syracuse Opera, and as Fiona in Lerner and Lowe’s beloved musical, Brigadoon with Gulfshore Opera. Ms. Lustig is especially passionate about her work with new music and is excited to bring life to Robert Paterson’s The Whole Truth with the American Modern Ensemble in New York this January. Additional concert performances included Frank Martin’s Golgotha with the New Amsterdam Singers, an evening of Bel Canto favorites with the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, and a debut with the Hong Kong Opera.
During the 2016-17 Ms. Lustig collaborated with the New York City Ballet on their production of Thou Swell featuring the music of Richard Rodgers. That December she joined the Dallas Symphony Orchestra headlining their Christmas Pops program. This spring Ms. Lustig returns to the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic as a soloist in Mozart’s Requiem.
Ms. Lustig recently appeared in a staged production of Bernstein’s Mass with the Philadelphia orchestra under the baton of Maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Other performances from the 2014-15 season included workshops with the NYU Graduate Musical Theater Writing program and multiple appearances with NYFOS: Next where Ms. Lustig premiered the music of Adam Guettel, George Steele, and Paul Moravec.
Ms. Lustig is a former Resident Artist with Pittsburgh Opera. During her two seasons with the company she performed the roles of Papagena in The Magic Flute, Zina in Dark Sisters, Musetta in La Boheme, Carolina in Il Matrimonio Segreto, and Clorinda in Cenerentola. During that time Ms. Lustig also made multiple appearances with the Erie Philharmonic as the soprano soloist in Rossini’s Stabat Mater and Orff’s Carmina Burana.
Ms. Lustig made her New York City Opera debut in 2011 as Giannetta in L’Elisir D’Amore. Additionally for the company, she covered the role of Max in Oliver Knussen’s Where the Wild Things Are, and participated in the 2011 VOX Festival of new operas. Ms. Lustig returned to City Opera in 2012 to sing the role of Cephisia in Telemann’s Orpheus.
Ms. Lustig has enjoyed multiple summers as a Young Artist with the Glimmerglass Festvial, where she sang the roles of Ancella in Cherubini’s Medea (2011) and Bella Griffeths in An American Tragedy (2014). In 2012 she attended the Aspen Summer Music Festival and sang the role of Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby under the baton of Anne Manson.
A great lover of the recital repertoire, Ms. Lustig studied as a Songfest Stern Fellow and at the Ravinia Steans Institute, where she also made her debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as a soloist in Vaughn Williams Serenade to Music. Ms. Lustig enjoys a close collaboration with Michael Barrett and Steven Blier at the New York Festival of Song, with appearances in multiple programs including “Off the the Island,” “Killer Bs,” “Latin Lovers,” “Road Trip,” and “Carried Away.” In 2012, she participated in Caramoor’s Vocal Rising Star Program where she presented New York to Paris, Paris to Paradise.
Equally accomplished and at home in musical theatre, Ms. Lustig has been a featured soloist at New York’s Town Hall Theater, where she was named one of their 2010 Broadway Rising Stars. She has sung at Boston’s Symphony Hall as a soloist on the prestigious radio program “From the Top,” in Alice Tully Hall under the direction of William Christie singing selections from Thomas Arne’s, Thomas and Sally, and at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall with the New York Festival of Song.
Ms. Lustig holds Bachelor and Master Degrees from the Juilliard School. Favorite roles there included Lauretta/Gianni Schicchi, Venere/La Doriclea, and the title role in Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tiresias. Ms. Lustig is a 2012 District winner and 2013 third place Regional winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, a 2015 semi-finalist in the American Traditions Competition, and the first recipient of the Juilliard Novick Career Grant in 2011. Ms. Lustig is a New Hampshire native and a proud graduate of the Walnut Hill High School for the Arts.
(Updated April 2018)