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Mary Johnston… gave the stand-out performance of the night… Her voice soared in her upper register and was clear and declamatory in the tessitura. Johnston was the only vocalist who had the ability to stay with and, at times, rise above the dramatic orchestral swells.
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Lyric coloratura soprano Mary Johnston Letellier (she/her/hers) brings her warm, expressive voice and strong dramatic instincts to a wide variety of repertoire.
This fall, Ms. Letellier looks forward to appearing as Violetta in Mass Opera’s unique production of La Traviata. Recently, Ms. Letellier covered the role of First Lady in Die Zauberflöte with Opera Maine, where she appears regularly as a member of the company’s professional ensemble.
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ms. Letellier was slated to originate the role of Conrad/Conradine in the new musical The Secret Princess at Snowlion Repertory Theatre, where she also originated the role of the Narrator in the premiere of Mesmerized. Other recent engagements on the musical theater stage include Julie/Carrie/Nettie/Louise in Carousel at Tophat Toy Theater, Franca Naccarelli in The Light in the Piazza and The Ghost of Christmas past in The Christmas Carol: The Musical, both at Biddeford City Theater. Broadwayworld.com called her performance as Franca “one of the highlights of the show.”
Also a sought after concert performer, Ms. Letellier has recently been a featured soloist in programs with Lyric Music Theater, Opera Maine, Port City Blue, Biddeford City Theater, and others. This past season, she was particularly proud to lend her voice to the concert Still Dreaming: A Tribute to MLK at Milton Community Concerts, and to the Black Lives Matter Faculty Concert at University of Southern Maine. She is an active performing member of Opera on Tap: Maine (where she is also the Founder and Co-Manager), The Portland Rossini Club, and the Marston-Kotzschmar Music Club.
Ms. Letellier received her Master's and Bachelor's degrees in Opera Performance from The Boston Conservatory at Berklee where she appeared as Peep Bo in The Mikado, Miss Pinkerton in The Old Maid and the Thief, The Sandman in Hansel and Gretel, Belinda in Dido and Aeneas and many others. She was a member of the Young Artist Program at Seagle Music Colony and has also studied at Flagstaff in Fidenza (Italy). She is currently on faculty at the University of Southern Maine, 317 Main Community Music Center and the Portland Conservatory of Music, in addition to maintaining a busy private vocal studio.
Enjoy Ms. Letellier performing excerpts from La Traviata, La Bohème, The Rake's Progress, and more in the below video and audio excerpts. For more, subscribe to her YouTube channel, linked below.