Bio

Kaitlyn Alexandra McMonigle, mezzo-soprano, has a Master of Music Degree in Vocal Performance from Indiana University (IU) and a Bachelor of Music Degree from Florida State University.

In April 2020, with the advent of Covid19, Kaitlyn has taken a hiatus from live performances while continuing to work on her craft. She is planning on relocating to Nashville, TN in the summer of 2020 to pursue new opportunities with the music industry.

Kaitlyn’s most recent operatic performance was in March of 2020 when she performed Devorak’s Requiem with the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra (NC) as the alto soloist under the baton of esteemed conductor Al Sturgis. Since the fall of 2019, Kaitlyn has been employed by the Central Florida Lyric Opera as a feature soloist in a variety of concerts and dinner shows.

Kaitlyn was a two-time vocal apprentice with the Santa Fe Opera for the 2018/2019 opera season. Prior to that she was a resident artist with Shreveport Opera where she performed the roles of Anita, West Side Story, and Suzuki, Madame Butterfly. As an apprentice of the Santa Fe Opera, she performed the role of La Madre in Madame Butterfly. In the summer of 2017, she performed the role of Sister Helen Prejean in Dead Man Walking at the Miami Music Festival.

Other roles she has performed with the IU Opera Theatre and Ballet include Suzuki in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Prince Orlofsky in Strauss’s Die Fledermaus, Bradamante in Handel’s Aclina, and in the Angel Quartet of Jake Heggie’s new opera, It’s a Wonderful Life. She has participated in summer opera programs such as Wolf Trap Opera in Vienna, VA where she performed as a Studio Artist for two seasons back to back, the Houston Grand Opera Young Artist Vocal Academy, the Chautauqua Music Festival Vocal Program (where she played Sister Mathilde in Dialogues of the Carmelites), the VoiceExperience program directed by Sherrill Milnes, and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute.

A native of San Diego, California, Kaitlyn was raised in Ocala, Florida where she regularly appeared in musical productions at the Ocala Civic Theatre.  Since 2008, Kaitlyn has been performing with Central Florida Lyric Opera in a variety of concerts, dinner shows, and operas with roles that have included Despina in Cosi Fan TutteRosina in The Barber of Seville, Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, and Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance.

In 2012 and 2013 Kaitlyn won 1st place at the NATS Southeast Regional Auditions. Other awards include the Artist Series of Sarasota Vocal Competition: 1st place (2010); the Harold S. Schwartz Music Scholarship Competition (The Villages Opera Club): 1st place (2010); and the Ocala Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition: 1st place (2009).  She was also awarded “Critics’ Choice: Solo Musical” at the 2009 Florida State Thespian Festival.

In addition to opera, Kaitlyn is skilled in jazz and cross-over/musical theater repertoire.