Kiera Duffy

Professor of the Practice, Voice

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S620 O'Neill Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556

Professor of the Practice, Voice
Creative Producer, Opera Notre Dame; Coordinator, Undergraduate Voice Studies

Research Interests

  • Evidence-Based Vocal Pedagogy
  • 20th & 21st C. Vocal Literature & Performance Practice
  • Mindfulness Practices for the Performing Musician
  • Interdisciplinarity in Classical Performance
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion vis a vis the Classical "Canon"


Kiera Duffy has performed as a soloist with many of the world's preeminent classical music presenters, including the Berlin Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, London Symphony, Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Ungaku-Juku Japan, as well as the Aldeburgh Festival, Ojai Festival of Contemporary Music, Wigmore Hall, Mostly Mozart Lincoln Center, and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. She has performed an extraordinarily wide range of repertoire, and is an especially sought-after interpreter of the work of the European modernists as well as contemporary composers like Caroline Shaw, Mohammed Fairouz, Michael Hersch, Jake Heggie, Grace Evangeline Mason, Rene Orth, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Philip Glass, Unsuk Chin, George Lewis, and Missy Mazzoli, among many others.

With 20+ years of international-level professional performance experience, she brings firsthand insight to her classroom courses in modern and contemporary vocal literature, lyric diction, performance techniques, and vocal pedagogy, in addition to her work as producer of Opera Notre Dame. In the applied studio she offers students a customized, student-directed approach rooted in the current best practices of voice science and pedagogy. She prioritizes efficient vocal function, stylistic flexibility, depth of artistry, and student goals. Whether as teacher, producer, or performer, her work is distinguished by an engaging, compassionate, and inclusive approach that integrates intellectual rigor with imagination and play.


  • "I Shall Not Live in Vain"

    Jake Heggie

  • Pierrot Lunaire, Op. 21: Pt. III: No. 19, Serenade

    Arnold Schoenberg

  • "His Name is Jan"

    Missy Mazzoli