Vera Savage

Associate Professor
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American mezzo-soprano Vera Savage has earned praise from critics for her “thrilling power” (Limelight) and “rich, mellifluous, mezzo voice” (Charleston Post and Courier). Her singing has been described as “a dream; supple and powerful with a deep velvet shimmer” (Houston Press) and “heart-stoppingly gorgeous” (Boston Music Intelligencer).

Savage's recent operatic performances include a portrayal of handmaid New Ofglen in Boston Lyric Opera’s highly acclaimed production of The Handmaid’s Tale; Antonio Salieri’s Requiem; the Johann Kuhnau Magnificat with the Commonwealth Chorale; Leonard Bernstein’s Jeremiah Symphony, and Arias and Barcarolles with the Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra; and the Giuseppe Verdi Requiem with the Metropolitan Chorale. She recently made her debut at the Spoleto Festival USA as Bice in Gaetano Donizetti’s rarely performed opera Pia de’ Tolomei, and she also performed in a revival of Amy Beach’s Grand Mass with the New England Philharmonic and Commonwealth Chorale, as Mercédès in Georges Bizet’s Carmen with the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, as Meg Page in Verdi’s Falstaff with Opera Saratoga and Opera on the James, and as Madame Larina in Eugene Onegin with the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, among other roles.

  • Winner of Boston Lyric Opera's 2016 Stephen Shrestinian Award for Excellence
  • National semi-finalist, Joy of Singing Art song competition
  • Finalist, Houston Grand Opera Eleanor McCollum Competition
  • Fourth Place, Shreveport Opera Singer of the Year competition
  • D.M.A., Boston University, voice
  • M.M., Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, voice
  • B.M., Oberlin Conservatory of Music, voice
In Their Own Words

"As a teacher, I focus on vocal health, freedom of the voice and body, and producing a tone and interpretation that is unique to each student."

"I combine my strong background in classical bel canto vocal technique and vocal pedagogy with a passion for singing and teaching contemporary styles."