Judith Skinner possesses a true contralto voice of power and beauty. Her performances as
Ulrica in Un Ballo in Maschera, Erda in Das Rheingold conducted by Richard Woitech,
Mama Lucia in Cavalleria Rusticana, Mrs. Winthrop in The Secret Garden and Tituba in The
Crucible, have all been enthusiastically praised by audiences and opera cognoscenti.
In the 2016 - 2017 season she made her début with The Glimmerglass Festival as Maria
in Gershwin's Porgy and Bess as well as Aunt Eller in Hammerstein's Oklahoma. In
previous seasons débuts were made with The Royal Danish Opera in an unprecedented
30 sold out performances as Maria in Gershwin's Porgy and Bess directed by John Doyle.
She made her European débuts with the Center for Contemporary Opera in Szeged,
Hungary and Avignon, France in the award-winning role of Victoria in William Mayers Death
in the Family. Over the years she has performed leading roles with Atlanta Opera, Dayton
Opera, Opera Memphis, Fresno Grand Opera, Utah Festival Opera, Toledo Opera,
Indianapolis Opera, and Opera San José.
On the concert stage, Ms. Skinner has appeared as soloist in Elijah by Mendelssohn, in
Bellevue Washington, Mozart Requiem with the Bronx Symphony, an “Evening of Word
Premieres “ with the Riverside Opera Ensemble performing Simples composed by
Stephen Dembski, and as soloist in Elgar’s Sea Pictures Symphony with the New York
Symphonic Arts Ensemble.
As a Resident Artist with Opera Memphis she sang the role of the Mother in Les Contes d’
Hoffmann and created the role of Harriet Tubman in She Never Lost a Passenger. She
also sang the role of Betty in Michael Ching’s opera FAITH in New York and Chicago.
Other New York appearances have included Magdelone in Nielsen’s Maskerade,
Marceline (Le Nozze di Figaro), La Principessa (Suor Angelica) and Baba in The Medium,
perhaps her best-known role to date which she reprised with Chelsea Opera last season
to rave reviews.. Other unique opera roles include the Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas, the
Mayor in The Happy Prince, and Maurya in Riders to the Sea.
Of her Baba in The Medium critic Steven Jude Tietjen stated: “Judith Skinner triumphs as
Madame Flora. Her voice is that of a true, organ-like contralto. With her, one cannot really
talk of “chest voice” as her impressively sensuous instrument is a miraculous extension of
Ms. Skinner has been recognized with many distinctions including awards from the
prestigious Leontyne Price Vocal Competition.
She received her undergraduate degree in Voice-Opera from The University of the Arts
and studied drama at Carnegie-Mellon University.
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