American mezzo-soprano Tichina Vaughn is celebrated for her luxuriously rich voice as well as her electrifying stagecraft. She began her career as a member of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program and made her European debut as Mistress Quickly in Falstaff at the Oper Stuttgart.
In the current season Tichina performs Lily Porgy and Bess at the Metropolitan Opera and Forture-Teller in Prokofiev’s The Fiery Angel at the Theater an der Wien. Further ahead she makes her debut at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
Highlights in recent seasons include Mére Jeanne Dialogues des Carmélites and First Maid Elektra at the Metropolitan Opera; Begonia Der Junge Lord at the Staatstheater Hannover; and Maria Porgy and Bess at the Teatro alla Scala, English National Opera and Dutch National Opera. She also performed many roles at the Semperoper Dresden including Klytämnestra Elektra, Die Knuperhexe Hänsel und Gretel, Herodias Salome, Mother Il prigioniero and Brigitta Die tote Stadt, where until the recently she was a principal artist.
Tichina Vaughn has extensively performed roles by Verdi, including Amneris Aida (Arena di Verona, Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, Opera Hong Kong, Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Detroit Opera, Seattle Opera, Tulsa Opera, and Michigan Opera); Azucena Il trovatore (Arena di Verona, Teatro Verdi di Trieste, Festival Arturo Toscanini Bussetto, Teatro Carlo Felice, Greek National Opera, Hungarian National Opera and the Sacramento Opera); and Ulrica in Un ballo in maschera (San Francisco Opera, Staatsoper Hamburg, Oper Graz, Teatro Lirico di Salerno, Teatro Massimo di Palermo, and Semperoper Dresden). She has also appeared as a guest soloist at houses including LA Opera, Finnish National Opera, Staatstheater Augsburg, Staatheater Kassel, Oper Frankfurt, Bregenzer Festspiele, and Opera Las Palmas.
From 1998 to 2006 she was a principal artist at the Oper Stuttgart and was awarded the title Kammersängerin for her successes in such roles as as Eboli Don Carlo, Azucena Il trovatore, Widow Begbick Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny, Venus Tannhäuser, Arnalta L’incoronazione di Poppea, Herodias Salome, Fricka Die Walküre, Waltraute Götterdämmerung and Erda Das Rheingold and Siegfried.
In crossover repertoire she has been a guest at SWR Big Band, SWR 4 Band, Tango 5, and in numerous crossover concerts and festivals, as well as the 50th anniversary of the State of Baden-Württemberg.
Vaughn is a recipient of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Award, Opera Index Vocal Award, Robert M. Jacobson Study Grant, Birgit Nilsson Foundatin Award, Living Heritage Foundation Award, and the Consul General’s Award for Cultural Diplomacy from the Consulate General, Milan.
Mother of Aida/Ritual Singer II / Caruso a Cuba / Dutch National Opera / 2019
“Just as striking was mezzo-soprano Tichina Vaughn as her mother, who created a potent scene when warning the lovers not to defy the gods.”
Maria / Porgy and Bess / English National Opera / 2018
“…Tichina Vaughn’s ballsy Maria…”
“Tichina Vaughn’s experienced Maria, salty in her every utterance…”
“…the formidable Tichina Vaughn…”
(The New York Times)
Begonia / Der Junge Lord / Staatsoper Hanover / 2018
“Tichina Vaughn gave her all as the Jamaican cook Begonia”