Faculty Spotlight: Kiera Duffy
Associate Professor of the Practice, Voice
This past academic year Professor Duffy created the role of Sophia in the world premiere of Sophia’s Forest by Lembit Beecher in September in Philadelphia, a work that made the Philly Inquirer’s” Best of 2017 List.” Critic David Patrick Stearns said of the work: “Not to be overlooked…is Sophia’s Forest…I missed it but caught up with a video that verified much of the rapturous reaction I’d heard from others. A searingly introspective study on immigrant children, the opera was full of vocal lines reflecting psychological depths but also electronic music effects that added greatly to the dreamlike atmosphere. The superb soprano Kiera Duffy was a major plus in the leading role.”
Duffy gave her Notre Dame debut faculty recital in November 2017 at Leighton Concert Hall, as part of the Performing Series of the Debartolo Performing Arts Center. The concert included works by Webern, Schubert, Berg, Schoenberg, and Strauss.
In January, 2017, Professor Duffy gave her debut performances with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, appearing in the roles of Le Feu, La Princesse, and Le Rossignol in Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortileges. She toured in Japan with these same roles in March, 2018, in Japan with Seiji Ozawa’s Ongaku Juku Festival.
In March, 2018 Duffy sang in Chicago with the Spektral Quartet (Schoenberg, String Quartet, No. 2) and in New York with MasterVoices, Orphic Moments in the role of Euridice in Gluck’s Orfeo and Euridice. June was a very busy month, with performances with the Ojai Music Festival (Ojai, CA), Cal Performances (Berkeley, CA), and the Aldeburgh Festival at Snape Maltings (Aldeburgh, England).
Professor Duffy teaches graduate student lessons and supervises graduate student recitals. She also coaches students in preparation for auditions in roles external and internal to Notre Dame, and teaches graduate vocal literature.