Kiera Duffy

Kiera Duffy

Faculty, Associate Professor of the Practice, Voice

MM, Westminster Choir College of Rider University
BM, Westminster Choir College of Rider University

622 O'Neill Hall of Music and Sacred Music

Kiera Duffy is the newly appointed Head of Undergraduate Voice Studies at Notre Dame. As a soloist, the American soprano is recognized both for her gleaming high soprano and insightful musicianship in a diverse repertoire ranging from Bach, Handel, and Mozart to the modern sounds of Carter, Feldman, and Zorn.

Ms. Duffy has appeared with many of the world’s major orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, London Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, New World Symphony, Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk Orchester, Atlanta Symphony, National Symphony, Simon Bolivar Orchestra, and Detroit Symphony. She has collaborated with such celebrated conductors as Herbert Blomstedt, Pierre Boulez, Gustavo Dudamel, Alan Gilbert, James Levine, Lorin Maazel, Seiji Ozawa, Donald Runnicles, Leonard Slatkin, Robert Spano, and Michael Tilson Thomas.

In 2013 Ms. Duffy made her debut with the Metropolitan Opera as Das Erste Blumenmädchen in Parsifal under Daniele Gatti, and with the Lyric Opera of Chicago as Stella in Previn's A Streetcar Named Desire. She has also appeared on the operatic stage at the Opera Company of Philadelphia, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Central City Opera, Opera Grand Rapids, Arizona Opera, and the Wexford Opera Festival. At the Tanglewood Music Festival she performed Elliot Carter's only opera, What Next?, Così fan tutte, and Don Carlo, all under the baton of James Levine.

An active chamber musician, Duffy has been featured at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Marlboro Music Festival, Bard SummerScape, Tanglewood Music Festival, Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival, and the Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago.  She has sung recitals at London's Wigmore Hall, New York City's Rockefeller University, and at St. Louis' Washington University.

Duffy’s interpretations of modern and contemporary repertoire have garnered wide acclaim. She has performed often with the Los Angeles Philharmonic's Green Umbrella Series in works of Schoenberg, Berio, Ligeti and Unsuk Chin; with the New York Philharmonic in compositions of Ligeti and Boulez; with the Metropolis Ensemble in works of Esa-Pekka Salonen, as well as reinterpretations of Berlioz by young composers Vivian Fung, Brad Balliett, Ryan Francis, Sayo Kosugi, Nicholas Britell and Caroline Shaw. As part of the 2012 American Mavericks series she toured David del Tredici’s Syzygy with members of the San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas.  

In the fall of 2016 Duffy, starred in the world premiere of Missy Mazzoli’s opera, Breaking the Waves, at Opera Philadelphia. Her portrayal of Bess McNeill garnered widespread acclaim, with critics calling her performance “absolutely spectactular” (Opera News), “fearless and focused” (The New York Times), “a tour de force” (Philadelphia Magazine), and “extraordinary” (The Wall Street Journal). She reprises the role at the Prototype Festival in New York City in January 2017.