Industry Pro, Dr. Miriam Schildkret
Mezzo-soprano Miriam Schildkret received her Doctorate in Voice Performance from Arizona State University in May 2017. She received her Master's degree in Opera Performance from ASU in 2014, and she graduated summa cum laude from Ithaca College in 2012 with a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance. Schildkret has been actively teaching and working behind the scenes during her studies. She was an Adjunct Faculty member at Central Arizona College for two and a half years, where she taught private voice and Music Appreciation. She has also taught general music courses at the Summer Festival for the Arts in Bar Harbor, ME, and she worked as a teaching assistant in a second-grade classroom for two years during her time in Ithaca. Although Dr. Schildkret comes from a classical background, she enjoys teaching voice to students with a wide variety of musical interests.
In addition to her passion for teaching, Dr. Schildkret enjoys performing in operatic and oratorio performances across the valley. She has performed many roles with ASU’s Lyric Opera Theatre, including “Lumee” in excerpts from Prism, “Third Lady” in The Magic Flute, “Kate” in Benjamin Britten’s Owen Wingrave, the title role in Dido and Aeneas, "Dorabella" in Così fan tutte, “Estrella” in La Périchole, and “Prince Orlofsky” in Lyric Opera Theatre’s ariZoni award-winning production of Die Fledermaus. Other roles include “Mrs. Nolan” in The Medium, “First Shepherd” in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, and “Kate Pinkerton” in Madame Butterfly. She was the study cover for “Cherubino” in Arizona Opera’s production of Le nozze di Figaro in 2013, and she joined the Arizona Opera Chorus that same year in The Flying Dutchman and La Bohème. In the winter of 2017, Dr. Schildkret was a Teaching Artist in Arizona Opera’s outreach troupe OperaTunity, where she sang the role of “The Sea Witch” in their abridged version of Rusalka.