Praised by The New York Times for her “brilliant technique and otherworldly shimmer…”, soprano Molly Davey has garnered acclaim for her crystalline voice and thoughtful interpretations of a remarkably varied repertoire ranging from the music of the Baroque through 21st century contemporary classical music.
Ms. Davey’s operatic performances include Manja in Emmerich Kálmán’s The Countess Maritza and Zemire in Louis Spohr’s Zemire und Azor with Liederkranz Opera Theatre; Laurette and Zémire in André-Ernest Modeste Grétry’s Richard Coeur-de-Lion and Zémire et Azor with the American Classical Orchestra at the New York Society for Ethical Culture; Soprano soloist in the World Premiere of Thad Wheeler’s Cinema Songs with Empire Opera; Burgess Hadley in Damon Ferrante and Daniel Mark Epstein’s Jefferson and Poe with Steeplechase Arts and Productions, the Spirit in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas with the YardArts Festival; Anna Viola in the world premiere of Raphaël Lucas’ Confession with Purchase Conservatory Opera; Ariel in Lee Hoiby’s The Tempest at Symphony Space; Madame Goldentrill/Miss Silverpeal in Mozart’s Der Schauspieldirektor with Bronx Opera; Adele in Strauss’ Die Fledermaus and Lauretta in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi with the Stony Hill Players; Frasquita in Bizet’s Carmen with Capitol Opera Harrisburg; and Gretel in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel with the Delphi Theatre and Purchase Conservatory Opera.
On the concert stage, Ms. Davey has triumphed as the soprano soloist in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and Handel’s Messiah with the American Classical Orchestra; Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Vivaldi’s Gloria, and Dvořák’s Te Deum with the Varsity Choral Society of Manhasset; Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate and Mabel in Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance for the Congregational Church Concert Series; and Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Purchase Conservatory Orchestra.
Of her performance as Ariel on Albany Records’ world premiere recording of Lee Hoiby’s The Tempest, Opera News said “As the island sprite Ariel, the agile and exuberant soprano Molly Davey maintains her youthfully sunny sound even in the throes of this fiendishly demanding part.” Ms. Davey can also be heard as Anna Viola on Albany Records’ world premiere recording of Raphaël Lucas’ critically acclaimed one act opera, Confession.
Ms. Davey is the recipient of awards and honors from The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the New York Oratorio Society Competition, the Liederkranz Competition, and the Jenny Lind Competition. She was a Studio Artist with the Opera Theatre and Music Festival of Lucca and holds an M.M in Opera Performance from the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College and a B.M. in Music Education from Susquehanna University.
Ms. Davey currently resides in New York City.