2017–18 Season: Erda in Der Ring des Nibelungen
American mezzo-soprano Ronnita Miller made her San Francisco Opera debut in 2011 as Erda in Der Ring des Nibelungen. She continues her upward career trajectory as a member of the permanent ensemble at Deutsche Oper Berlin; new roles this season include Ulrika in Un Ballo in Maschera and Madelon in Andrea Chénier as well as revival appearances in some of the roles that have brought her the admiration of Berlin audiences such as Marthe Schwertlein in Faust and her signature roles in Der Ring des Nibelungen, Erda and First Norn. Miller recently made her role debut as Fricka in Die Walküre with the Odense Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Alexander Vedernikov.
Recent highlights include the roles of Mary in Der Fliegende Höllander, Florence Pike in Albert Herring, and Mistress Quickly in Falstaff with James Conlon on the podium at Los Angeles Opera. She previously spent two seasons at the L.A. company as a member of the Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program, where she first participated in Der Ring des Nibelungen in Achim Freyer’s 2010 production as Schwertleiter and Flosshilde. She has gone on to sing First Norn in the Metropolitan Opera’s 2012 production by Robert LePage.
Other Deutsche Oper Berlin appearances include Anna in Les Troyens, Bianca in The Rape of Lucretia, and Geneviève in Pelléas et Mélisande. Future roles include Fenena in Nabucco and Mamma Lucia in Cavalleria Rusticana.