Soprano Megan Gloss is humbled to have happened upon the good fortune of a fulfilling, active and versatile career, both on stage and off. An Iowa District winner and Midwest Regional finalist in the National Association of Teachers Singer Artist Award competition, as well as an Anna Sosenko Assist Trust grant recipient for her work in opera and musical theater, Ms. Gloss’ artistic endeavors have taken her from the local stages of Dubuque’s Grand Opera House to concert halls throughout the Midwest, the sunflower fields of Tuscany, centuries-old European Cathedrals illuminated by candlelight and the rain forests of Puerto Rico.
A familiar voice in the tri-states, local audiences might recognize her for such musical theater roles as Amalia Balash in She Loves Me, Nettie Fowler in Carousel, Aldonza in Man of La Mancha and Alma Stossel in The Christmas Schooner, as well as such operatic roles as Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, the Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute, Angelina in Trial By Jury, Lucy in The Telephone and numerous guest appearances with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra.
This year, Ms. Gloss celebrates her 10th consecutive season as a company vocalist with Madison Opera. And, finding second homes in both Madison and Chicago, Ms. Gloss also has performed with Madison’s Fresco Opera and Four Seasons theaters and studies with Jerad Mosbey, of the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
In 2011, Ms. Gloss made her European debut, performing throughout Italy in the operatic title roles of Norma, Anna Bolena and Semiramide, as well as Alice Ford in Falstaff.
When not treading upon the theatrical boards or dodging swooping bats in historic concert halls, Ms. Gloss loves telling the stories of her hometown. She is the features editor for the Telegraph Herald, where she also oversees Her magazine. Additionally, she is a regular contributor to the internationally renowned Classical Singer magazine, the London-based VoiceCouncil magazine and the Canadian-based Vocalist magazine. Her writings on vocal technique and pedagogy also have been widely referenced for both doctoral dissertations and voice theory studies.
Ms. Gloss resides with her husband, Keith, and their cat, Mabel, in their 90-year-old Dubuque home.