Full lyric soprano Kerry Deal is a versatile performer in the greater Boston area. As a frequent interpreter of oratorio, she has been especially heard in the sacred works of Mozart, including his Requiem, Coronation Mass, Solemn Vespers, and the Grand Mass in C Minor, but her performances also encompass a variety of other sacred works, ranging from baroque oratorio such as Handel’s Messiah, to the more romantic religious works of Brahms, Fauré and Gounod. Also a champion of new music, Ms. Deal often features 20th and 21st century music in recital and has premiered and recorded new works with St. Cecilia Music, and has sung the world premier of artsong by American composer Gloria Coates at Rubinstein Hall in the Munich Steinway Haus. As a young artist at Opera in the Ozarks, Ms. Deal sang the role of Mimi in La Bohème. More locally, she has sung with Longwood Opera, Opera Aperta, and with New York Opera Forum as Nedda in I Pagliacci.
Ms. Deal earned her BA magna cum laude in languages and literature at the College of William and Mary in Virginia before pursuing her graduate studies in music, with a MM in Opera Performance from the Boston Conservatory and a DMA in Voice Performance from Boston University. Ms. Deal has been a member of the voice faculty at the Boston Conservatory for the past fourteen years, where she teaches a combined studio of music theater and vocal performance majors. In addition to her teaching responsibilities at Boston Conservatory, she has been featured in several faculty recital series and as a guest soloist in both Haydn’s The Creation and Mozart’s Regina Coeli (K. 108) with the Conservatory’s Chorale and Orchestra. Most recently with the orchestra, she was featured in Bernstein’s “Kaddish” Symphony #3 and Strauss’ Four Last Songs. Ms. Deal also holds an affiliate faculty position at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she instructs recipients of the prestigious Emerson vocal fellowship award.
Ms. Deal gives regular masterclasses for both singers and teachers, and since 2010, she has served as faculty for the International Performing Arts Institute in Germany. Based in Kiefersfelden and with “intensives” held in Vienna and Munich, this unique summer program provides comprehensive training and audition exposure with German agents to both classical and musical theater singers.
Former students of Ms. Deal have found success in both operatic and music theater mediums, with acceptance to important young artist programs and contracts in regional opera and theater, as well as on Broadway, at Carnegie Hall, and in national touring companies.