“In the title role, the mezzo-soprano Erica Papillion-Posey captured Carmen’s slinky sexiness, radiating allure and trouble without the diva-like overacting that sometimes attends the role. She had the vocal power to sing a soft, seductive "Habanera" in a hall-filling, rounded voice, lingering over the phrases as the men in the square watched. She snapped off the Spanish-style ornaments of the "Seguidilla", and she was especially compelling in the lower register, where Carmen’s sultriness comes through, even as she read her dark fate in the cards.”
~David Fleshler, South Florida Classical Review
“....Purely exciting and rich! ....great delivery of text....”
~Arte & Musica Magazine
“....Gorgeous, powerful voice!....” ~Dr. Juliana Bishop-Hoch, Loveland Opera Theatre
March 2012, mezzo soprano, Erica Papillion-Posey launched the first program in a three recital series entitled: An Evening of Classical Treasures. “….incredibly beautiful, engaging, warm and a ‘must see’ on any stage….” were but some of the terms used by ~Dr. Arthur Jones, Founder & Chair Emeritus of The Spirituals Project, to describe her preparation and interpretation of the text.
Currently dazzling audiences in Miami Lyric Opera’s 2013-14 season, in the title role of Bizet’s masterpiece, Carmen, Ms. Papillion-Posey is an impressive singing actress with an emerging national and international resume. On the opera stage or in recital— she is not to be missed. Also named a 2012 Minuetto Music Festival, Milton Cross Young Artist, Rising Star, she debuted the role of the witty spinster, Marcellina from Le nozze di Figaro with Siena Opera, July 2012. Her memorable 2010 performance with the Tusica Opera Festival commanded a return invitation for the 2011 season as the 3rd lady in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte and notable performances in Tarquinia, Civita di Bagnoregio, Castilione, Capranica and Ronciglione, Italy of Pergolesi’s sacred beauty, Stabat Mater at the direction of Timothy Léon. Additionally, in 2011 she sang, in a concert version, the title role of Bizet’s Carmen and Annina from Verdi’s La Traviata in Bari, Italy. July, 2010, Ms. Papillion-Posey made her international debut as the Darth Vader of female operatic characters, La zia Principessa from Puccini’s Suor Angelica at the Tuscia Opera Festival, under the baton of maestro Stefano Vignati in Viterbo and Rome, Italy. In March 2010, she premiered the role of Lucretia in Britten’s Rape of Lucretia. In December 2009, Ms. Papillion-Posey was the featured alto soloist in Faith Lutheran’s production of Handel’s Messiah. In April 2008, she secured the title role of the alluring seductress Carmen with the Lamont School of Music at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts, Denver, CO. Ms. Papillion-Posey’s early career roles include: her 2007 debut of Princess Akara, from Cherise Leiter and Leanna Kirchoff’s world premier of The Lady or the Tiger, an adaptation of the beloved short story by Franck Stockton; her 2006 -few fries short of a happy meal- rendering of Madam Flora, “Baba” from Giancarlo Menotti’s The Medium, and Mozart’s man-swapping sister, Dorabella.
Ms. Papillion-Posey has been selected for master class appointments and coaching sessions with: distinguished opera and art song bass-baritone Simon Estes of the University of Iowa; character mezzo, Judith Christin; noted tenor, Donald Kaasch and Michael Capasso, founder and general director of DiCapo Opera. Summer 2012 she began coaching and studying, exclusively, with renowned mezzo soprano/soprano, Grace Bumbry at her home in Salzburg, Austria and at the Bumbry Vocal and Opera Academy, Universität der Künste Berlin, Germany.
Among her scholarly pursuits, Ms. Papillion-Posey holds a Master of Music degree and Advanced Certificate in vocal performance (both with honors and distinction) from the University of Denver, Lamont School of Music, a Bachelor of Music in voice from Metropolitan State College of Denver and a Diploma in Business Management from Platt Business and Technical College. She has been the recipient of many music awards and grants such as the: International Lyric Academy of Rome e Viterbo Award, AMICI of Denver Scholarship, Dante Alighieri Music Scholarship Competition, Jeff Bradley Music Scholarship Fund, E. Stoddard Young Endowment Scholarship, Stratton Faulhaber Scholarship, Coulter Norbloom Scholarship Grant and Joseph Docksey Career Development Fund Award and the 2005 first and 2006 second place, opera division winner of the Vocal Arts Competition of Colorado, to name a few. In 2010, Ms. Papillion-Posey, along with friends and fellow vocalist, Christie Connolley and Melissa Wimbish founded, directed and wrote extensively for www.Operagasm.com, a substantive, cutting-edge e-magazine focusing on current events, news, reviews, interviews, fashion and editorial contributions regarding opera and classical music.
Ms. Papillion-Posey currently serves as Director of Artistic Programs and liaison to Boettcher Boys and Girls Club of Aurora for Grand Design Inc., a cultural and performing arts group. She is also a member of the Italian Institute of Denver, L’Alliance Française de Denver, The Lamont Society and Friends of Music at Metro.