Biography

Grammy award-winning soprano Molly Fillmore made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 2011 as Helmwige in Die Walküre, conducted by James Levine. Also at the Met, she sang a principal role in Satyagraha by Philip Glass.  Both Satyagraha and Die Walküre were shown live in movie theaters around the world as part of the Met's Live in HD series as well as on PBS stations nationwide as part of their Great Performances seriesShe can be heard and seen on Deutsche Grammophon's recent releases of the CD and DVD/Blu-Ray of Die Walküre from The Metropolitan Opera.

She sang the title role in Salome with San Francisco Opera with music director Nicola Luisotti and at Arizona Opera, and had two appearances at Seattle Opera.  She covered the role of Brünnhilde and sang the role of Ortlinde in Francesca Zambello's San Francisco Opera production of Die Walküre, conducted by Donald Runnicles. In the 2013-2014 season she made her role debut as Marietta/Marie in Die tote Stadt with Theater St. Gallen, Switzerland in a production directed by Jan Schmidt-Garré and conducted by Otto Tausk.

Before her switch to dramatic soprano repertoire, Molly Fillmore had an international career as a mezzo-soprano, including five seasons as a principal soloist in the ensemble of Oper der Stadt Köln (Cologne Opera), where she appeared in numerous roles and worked with, among others, Sir Jeffrey Tate, Robert Carsen, Christof Loy, Daniele Callegari, and Philippe Auguin.

As a concert soloist, she has sung with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Utah Symphony, Choral Arts Society of Washington, and at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Kennedy Center Concert Hall, the Spoleto Festival, and the Interlochen Arts Festival.

She made her solo operatic debut with the Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center Opera House while just a sophomore at American University.  By the time she had completed her university studies, she had appeared in seven roles with the Washington National Opera and as a soloist in numerous concerts at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall.

Molly Fillmore began her musical studies with piano lessons at the age of four.  She continued piano study while adding lessons in flute, piccolo, trombone, and voice.  She graduated magna cum laude from American University and received the university's Evelyn Swarthout Hayes award, which honors the student who contributes most to the performing arts in the Washington, D.C. community while maintaining a high grade point average.  She holds a Master of Music degree from The University of Maryland, and attended the Franz-Schubert-Institut for the Study and Performance of the German Lied in Baden-bei-Wien, Austria.

© 2013 Molly Fillmore