Praised by The New York Times for her “lucid soprano,” Megan Pachecano is making her mark performing rare operatic roles such as Beatriz in Daniel Catán’s La hija de Rappaccini with Chicago Opera Theater (Emmy-nominated production), a role in which Opera News said she “boasted an ample, shimmering lyric soprano,” the title role of Lady Jane Grey in the World Premiere and Recording of Arnold Rosner’s The Chronicle of Nine: The Tragedy of Queen Jane with Odyssey Opera and Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and Farinelli’s Trainer in David T. Little and Royce Vavrek’s Vinkensport, or The Finch Opera with Opera Saratoga. Her recent performances also include Valencienne (The Merry Widow) with both Musica Viva Hong Kong and Opera Saratoga, Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte) with LoftOpera, Anne Page (Sir John in Love) with Odyssey Opera, Echo (Ariadne auf Naxos) with Austin Opera, and Frasquita with the Helena Symphony. Other beloved role highlights are Adina (L’elisir d’amore), Norina (Don Pasquale), Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Cunegonde (Candide), and Cinderella (Into the Woods). She has sung with the Metropolitan Opera, Caramoor International Music Festival, American Lyric Theater, Opera Hispánica, St. Petersburg Opera, Opera in Williamsburg, and Orchestra of New Spain at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s Soluna Festival, among others. She will next return to the Opera Company of Middlebury to sing the role of Younger Alyce in Cipullo’s Glory Denied.
A frequent concert soloist, Ms. Pachecano has performed Handel’s Messiah, Israel in Egypt, Samson, Jephtha, and Saul, Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor, Coronation Mass, Requiem, and Exsultate, jubilate, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass and Little Organ Mass, Ravel’s Shéhérazade, Beethoven’s Die Ruinen von Athen, and Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 singing with the Helena Symphony, Wheeling Symphony, Round Rock Symphony Orchestra, Mid-Texas Symphony, Astoria Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Pops Orchestra, Ad Astra Music Festival, and Westminster Choral Festival. She recently performed Zipoli’s Zuipaqui with Opera Hispánica for the Univision Television Network’s “Serenata a la Virgen de Guadalupe” Live Broadcast.
Ms. Pachecano presented a solo cabaret recital with the Odeon Theater’s Concert Series and has performed in musical theatre showcases at the Ensemble Studio Theatre, The PIT, and Daryl Roth Theatres in New York City as well as having the honor of singing in the Peter Shaffer Memorial at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway. She created the role of Elizabeth on the cast album of Melillo’s Son of the Storm and was a soloist on the Naxos recording American Choral Music. As Guest Artists at Colorado State University, she and Mezzo-Soprano Sarah Nelson Craft gave a duet art song recital entitled The Tides of Love. The two have enjoyed much critical notice of their vocal blend, together called “pliant and luminous” and praised for their “fluid, robust singing.”
Ms. Pachecano holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Voice Performance from the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin and a Master’s Degree in Classical Voice from Manhattan School of Music.
In 2022, Ms. Pachecano was honored with an invitation to join the Recording Academy as a Grammy-voting member and now also serves on the Classical Membership Committee.
When not traveling on the road as a soloist, Ms. Pachecano can frequently be found in New York City, singing as an Extra Chorister with the Metropolitan Opera, spending time with family in her hometown of San Antonio, TX, or tending her houseplants at home in Munich, Germany.