Kaitlyn Alexandra McMonigle, mezzo-soprano, completed her Master of Music in Vocal Performance at Indiana University (IU) with a Graduate Assistantship and received her Bachelor of Music at Florida State University. She has recently been accepted as a residence artist for the 2nd time with the Santa Fe Opera for the 2019 summer season. Kaitlyn is currently a resident artist at the Shreveport Opera where she will be performing the roles of Anita, West Side Story, and Suzuki, Madame Butterfly. This past summer as an apprentice of the San 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 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 Tutte, Rosina 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.