Cherry Duke joined the music faculty of the University of Texas at El Paso in 2015.
Hailed as a "radiant and confident" performer, American mezzo-soprano Cherry Duke “is a singer who communicates both the music and the text impeccably.” A regular performer of concert, opera, and new music, she appeared in the world premiere of David T. Little’s opera Dog Days ( commercial recording released in September 2016 on VIA Records), on tour as a soloist with the American Spiritual Ensemble, with Indiana Repertory Theatre as Mrs. Segstrom in A Little Night Music, and at the annual OPERA America Conference in the New Works Sampler.
On the opera stage, Cherry Duke has appeared in such roles as the title role in Carmen, Nerone in The Coronation of Poppea, Jo March in Little Women, Hansel in Hansel und Gretel, and Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia. As a soloist in several seasons of New York City Opera’s VOX concerts, she has sung a variety of styles, including roles in Scott Davenport Richards’ jazz opera, Charlie Crosses the Nation; Don Davis’s salsa-inspired Rio de Sangre; and Gordon Beeferman’s post-modern opera,
As an orchestral concert soloist, Cherry Duke has performed at major venues such as Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall, and has been a featured soloist in such repertoire as Falla's El Amor Brujo, Bach’s B-Minor Mass, St. John and St. Matthew Passions and Weihnachts-Oratorium , Beethoven’s Mass in C, Choral Fantasy and Ninth Symphony, Duruflé’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Mozart’s
Duke performs frequently in the El Paso area, having been a featured soloist with the El Paso Symphony Orchestra (Beethoven's Ninth Symphony), El Paso Opera (Hansel and Gretel, La Cenerentola, 'Tis the Season and Mozart by Moonlight), UTEP Symphony Orchestra (Sounds of the Cinema) and El Paso Society for Musicians of the Future (Amor at the Philanthropy Theater) and the El Paso Holocaust Museum (Vedem Songs).
She was a featured recitalist at the 2018 Music by Women Festival, the 2017 Voice Festival at Northeastern University in Oklahoma and the 2016 Texoma Regional Conference of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. She has taught master classes at Northeastern State University, Converse College, Salisbury University, University of Alabama, Salisbury University, Bay View Music Festival, Bethany College and Indiana Wesleyan University.
Ms. Duke, a Texas native, graduated summa cum laude from Texas Woman’s University where she studied under Joan Wall. She received her graduate degree in Opera Performance from The Hartt School at the University of Hartford, where she studied with Trish McCaffrey. Cherry Duke directs the Opera Workshop ("Opera UTEP") and teaches applied voice at the University of Texas at El Paso.
For more information, please visit www.cherryduke.com.
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