Soprano Debra Gilroy brings a vibrant, powerful presence to her performances. Her colorful, warm voice has been compared to a rich cognac, creating a musical experience for audiences to savor and enjoy.
An accomplished soloist, Gilroy performs in operas, recitals, chamber ensembles, and orchestral concerts. She is a section leader with the Minnesota Chorale, a soloist and section leader for the First Unitarian Society of Mount Curve, a frequent guest soloist at Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church, as well performing with Thursday Musical and Opera on Tap. With the Minnesota Chorale, Debra’s performances have included Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and Tosca, Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte,Verdi’s La Traviata, Handel’s Messiah and additional works with the Minnesota Orchestra.
Gilroy was the featured soprano soloist for the North American performance of Howard Goodall’s Eternal Light, and the world premiere of Gilbert’s Poems of Innocence. Highlights with other organizations include Mill City Opera’s productions of Bizet’s Carmen, Donizetti’s La Fille du Régiment, and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci; Vivaldi’s Gloria, Buxtehude’s Cantata 51,Verdi’s Recordare, Faure’s Requiem, and Mozart’s Requiem. She has also performed on numerous faculty recitals. Her most recent recital at Hamline University included works of Barber, Menotti, Schumann, Wagner, Mahler, Debussy, Rossini, Donaudy, and Righini.
Gilroy serves on the voice faculty at Hamline University, Minneapolis Community and Technical College, and maintains a private voice studio in Minneapolis. She earned her post-graduate certification in Vocal Pedagogy from the University of Minnesota and holds an MM degree and BA degree in Music. She currently studies with international pedagogue David Jones in New York, and Emma Small in Minneapolis.