Grammy-nominated American soprano Devon Guthrie made an acclaimed debut as Susanna in a new production of Le nozze di Figaro at English National Opera when she was still a student at the Juilliard School.
Recent operatic works include a special memorial performance with the Paul Taylor Dance Company honoring the late Paul Taylor, Brahms Requiem with The Santa Fe Symphony, and a return to Opera Theater of St. Louis to sing the role of Drusilla in L’Incoronazione di Poppea. Other recent highlights include a return to the role of Susanna for her company debut at Michigan Opera Theater, and with The Chicago Lyric Opera and The Prototype Festival twice returning to the role of Mary Johnson in Greg Spears’ Fellow Travelers, a role which she created in the world premiere production with Cincinnati Opera. Ms. Guthrie also recently enjoyed her fourth season with The Santa Fe Opera singing the role of Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus. Other recent roles include Pamina in a new production of The Magic Flute by renowned British actor and director Simon McBurney at ENO; Konstanze in Abduction from the Seralio at Kentucky Opera; the Brahms Requiem with the Madison Symphony, Daisy Buchanan in Harbison’s The Great Gatsby in Boston at Tanglewood; Erste Dame in Die Zauberflöte with Opera Philadelphia; Chocholka in The Cunning Little Vixen for New York Philharmonic; Bubikopf in Der Kaiser von Atlantis with Central City Opera; Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni at the Tanglewood Music Festival; Roxana in Król Roger for Santa Fe and Amore in Orfeo ed Euridice at the Metropolitan Opera.
Further career highlights include multiple seasons singing with The Paul Taylor Dance Company at Lincoln Center as the soloist in their Beloved Renegade, Taylor’s piece set to the music of Faure’s Requiem; her company debut with the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis as Pulcheria in Riccardo Primo; an acclaimed Santa Fe debut as Marzelline in Fidelio as well as Susanna in a production of Le nozze di Figaro at the Saito Kinen Festival. On the concert platform she has performed a Huang Ruo Chamber Concert with Mimesis Ensemble at Carnegie Hall and in Santa Fe and was heard in Handel’s Messiah with Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra.
A dedicated recitalist and contemporary music interpreter, she has appeared several times at the Opera America Salon and has performed pieces such as Lonely Child by Claude Vivier; 13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird by Lukas Foss; Barber Knoxville: Summer of 1915; Schubert Der Hirt auf dem Felsen; Orpheus and Euridice by Ricky Ian Gordon, and covered the role of Tatyana Bakst in the world premiere of Great Scott.
In 2020, Devon was nominated for a Grammy Award for her work on the album Fire and Flood, a compendium of the works of composer Luna Pearl Woolf. She has won several other awards and prizes in competitions such as the Gerda Lissner Competition, Houston Grand Opera Eleanor McCollum Competition for Young Singers, Licia Albanese Competition and Liederkranz. She was also an apprentice at the Santa Fe Opera and Tanglewood Music Festival.
Devon holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Manhattan School of Music, a both a Master of Music and an Artist Diploma in Opera Studies in Vocal Performance from The Juilliard School.
Devon is also on faculty at Claremont Community School of Music and is a Teaching Artist for San Diego Opera. She has also been guest faculty at institutions such as Pepperdine University, Cal Poly Pomona, and Songfest at The San Francisco Conservatory.