Hailed as a “powerhouse” with “major vocal goods and a feisty personality to match,” young American soprano Kerriann Otaño was a 2016 National Semi-Finalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and a recent graduate of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program at Washington National Opera. Last season at WNO, she was heard as the Witch (Hansel and Gretel) and Mary Custis Lee (Glass’ Appomattox). For summer 2015, Kerriann was chosen as a Filene Young Artist and made her debut with Wolf Trap Opera singing La Contessa Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro at The Barns and High Priestess in Aïda at the Filene Center. She returned for summer 2016 to sing Female Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia at The Barns and was featured in a Vocal Colors recital at the Phillips Collection. This season, Kerriann is thrilled to return to Fort Worth Opera Festival in her role debut as Micaëla in Bizet’s Carmen. Praised for her “generous soprano” by The Washington Post, this fall Ms. Otaño reprised her role as La Contessa Almaviva in her debuts at both Opera Memphis and at Amarillo Opera in Le Nozze di Figaro. She was heard in recital with her fiancé, tenor Dane Suarez, with Midland Opera Theater & Permian Basin Opera. She also returned to WNO to sing Kitty Hart in Jake Heggie’s acclaimed Dead Man Walking and also, for what is becoming her signature role, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni.  For the 2017-2018 season, Kerriann makes her role and company debut as Senta in Der fliegende Holländer at Opera San José and returns to WNO for Berta in Il barbiere di Siviglia.

Last spring, WNO presented Wagner’s Ring Cycle where Kerriann covered Helmwige (which she performed in the final dress rehearsal), Gerhilde, and Ortlinde in Die Walküre as well as Third Norn in Götterdämmerung. In February 2016, Kerriann was featured in concert with the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra singing duets and arias from Madama Butterfly and La Bohème with 2013 Metropolitan Opera National Council Grand Final Winner Michael Brandenburg.

In the 2014-2015 season at the John F. Kennedy Center, she covered Madame Lidoine (New Prioress) in Dialogues of the Carmelites and created the role of Katherine in the world premiere of Penny by Douglas Pew. Ms. Otaño was seen in the summer of 2014 at the prestigious Glimmerglass Festival covering soprano lead Roberta Alden in Tobias Picker’s An American Tragedy and performed in concert alongside dramatic soprano Christine Goerke. During the 2013-2014 season, Kerriann was the soprano studio artist at Fort Worth Opera where she “nearly stole the show in the highly comedic role of Despina” in Mozart’s Così fan tutte. She received rave reviews calling her “vocally attractive and dramatically vivacious” and a “standout.” Ms. Otaño advanced to the regional level of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and was awarded second place in the Mid-South region.

For the 2012-2013 season, Kerriann was an apprentice artist with Central City Opera where she sang Berta in the family performance of Il barbiere di Siviglia. She was a 2013 winter apprentice artist at Sarasota Opera where she sang scenes from La Bohème (Leoncavallo and Puccini), A Postcard from Morocco (Argento), Ghosts of VersaillesGuillaume TellDie Fledermaus, and was featured on the closing Verdi’s Times concert as a soloist. In summer of 2012, Kerriann was a young artist at Seagle Music Colony where received acclaim for her “fiery” portrayal of Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) “with richly nuanced voice.” Other recent credits include Maria Corona (The Saint of Bleecker Street) and Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) at Mannes Opera and Zweite Dame (Die Zauberflöte) at Indiana University Opera Theater. She was a part of two recent workshops of new operas–as Mrs. Murray in Libby Larsen‘s A Wrinkle in Time and as Elaine in Act 2 of Christopher Weiss‘ In a Mirror, Darkly.

Ms. Otaño hails from Long Island, NY and holds a bachelors degree from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University and a masters degree from Mannes College The New School for Music.

2 thoughts on “Biography

  1. Hello Kerriann,

    I bumped into your aunt last night in Augusta GA and we shared videos of you (Yes amazing) and my daughter Alicia Marie Suschena. Alicia will be finishing her Masters at University of North Texas this spring and will be heading out to the real world. I was wondering it you might consider networking with Alicia? You aunt indicated you might. Alicia has several videos on YouTube, just search on the last name. My favorite is Die Fledermaus, because it’s in English, but there is also one from her performance of the Magic Flute last July at the Almafi Coast Festival.

    Thank you

  2. Hey Kerri!
    It’s emily Ziminski, Mike & JoJo’s daughter….
    Remember me? Just want to say: You go girl!!!
    I remember you singing that one time you stayed over after One of my birthday parties, Wayback in the day. And you sang beautifully, and said you wanted to be a singer when you grew up (we were still young enough to say stuff like “when I grow up…”)
    And here you are! I am so happy for you, makin your dream come true through hard work and dedication, SO admirable.
    Well, now that I’ve said all that, I really hope you remember who I am so this doesn’t.come off creepy. Lol. I miss your parents, too! Te them I said hello, Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!
    – Em

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