Soprano Vira Slywotzky has performed principal roles with Seattle Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Chelsea Opera, Center for Contemporary Opera, Light Opera of New York, Sarasota Opera and Boston Midsummer Opera, and has appeared in concert with the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra, Rockland Camerata and New Haven Chamber Orchestra. She has sung recitals and concerts in New York at Merkin Hall, the Metropolitan Room, Opera America, Sheen Center, SubCulture, Symphony Space, Ukrainian Institute, Ukrainian Museum and Weill Hall. Internationally Slywotzky has performed at the Hudson Music Festival in Hudson, CA, Festival D’Avignon in Avignon, FR, at Le Musée des Arts Décoratifs and the American Church in Paris, FR, at the Armel Opera Festival in Szeged, HU, at the Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory in St. Petersburg, RU and at the Gustov Adolf Church in Sundsvall, SE.
In January 2020, Slywotzky will premiere the role of Mrs. Fatima Bakshlevi in The Woman in Penthouse A as part of Single Occupancies: Three Contemporary Opera Theatre Monologues at Key West Studios in Key West, Florida.
Operatic roles include Fiordiligi in Cosi fan Tutte, Nedda in Pagliacci, Tatyana in Eugene Onegin, Komponist in Ariadne auf Naxos, Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Giorgetta in Il Tabarro, Magda in The Consul, and the title role in Vanessa.
In May 2018 Slywotzky founded the concert series Vira & Friends, with the aim of bringing people together to enjoy the live performance of songs written for voice and piano. Vira & Friends Sing the Classics, Vira & Friends Sing Songs in English and Ukrainian and Vira & Friends Sing Songs by Women Composers were presented at Opera America. Two additional concerts have been presented in greater Boston and Stepping Out: Adventures in Cabaret marked the series’ debut at The Duplex. Next up will be Vira & Friends Invoke All Souls and All Saints on November 15, 2019 at Opera America.
Slywotzky and Swedish pianist and composer Daniel Stagno comprise the Nya Transatlantiska Duon. Other recital partners include Peiharn Chen, Yegor Shevtsov and David Sytkowski.
From 2008 to 2018 Slywotzky was the sole soprano of Mirror Visions Ensemble, a vocal trio known for its innovative programming, nuanced performances, and extensive commissioning. Slywotzky can be heard on the group’s 2015 commercial recording, The Three-Paneled Mirror.
Slywotzky is a founding member of the New York based company Victor Herbert Renaissance Project – LIVE!. She has performed in Herbert’s The Serenade as Dolores, Naughty Marietta as Adah, The Fortune Teller as Mlle Pompon, Sweethearts as Dame Paula, The Enchantress as Mamoute, The Red Mill as Bertha and Cyrano de Bergerac as Roxane.
The recipient of a 2007 Richard F. Gold Career Grant, Slywotzky has twice been a New England Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and in 2009 was the sole representative of the United States at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition.
Slywotzky received an MM from Mannes and a BA from Yale. She was born and raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Slywotzky serves as the President of the Board of the Berkshire Opera Festival.