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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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Dramatic coloratura soprano Mary Johnston Letellier (she/her/hers) brings her warm, expressive voice and strong artistic instincts to a wide variety of repertoire.
This spring, Ms. Letellier looks forward to a role premiere as the Queen of the Night in New England Conservatory's production of Die Zauberflöte. With Opera in the Pines, she will debut as Musetta in Bar Crawl Bohème. With Snowlion Repertory, she will debut Grace in The Christmas Bride in Concert this summer. This fall, she will perform her first DMA recital, entitle Le Petit Prince: A Musical Journey; the recital will feature works that represent characters from the novel. This past fall, she had the honor of singing the soprano soloist at the Assabet Valley Mastersinger's concert of Ralph Vaughan Williams' Dona Nobis Pacem. Last year, Ms. Letellier premiered the role of Conrad/ Conradine in Snowlion Repertory's The Secret Princess and made her debut as soprano soloist of Haydn's The Seasons with the Assabet Valley Mastersingers. Recently, Ms. Letellier appeared as Violetta in Mass Opera’s unique production of La Traviata and 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.
She originated the role of the Narrator in the premiere of Mesmerized at Snowlion Repertory Theater. 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. 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. In 2021, she won the New England Regional NATS Artist Award and the Anne Marie Gertz Award at the National NATS Artist Competition in 2022.
Ms. Letellier is currently working on her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance at New England Conservatory. She received her Master's and Bachelor's degrees in Opera Performance from The Boston Conservatory at Berklee where she appeared as Magda in La Rondine, 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.