Cotter's crisp voice gives the music the beauty it deserves.
- Broadway World
Hailed as "impeccable" (Broadway World), award-winning American mezzo-soprano Gillian Lynn Cotter is quickly impressing audiences with her strong voice and dynamic presence. Recent roles include Hansel in Hansel and Gretel (Opera Louisiane), Suzuki in Madama Butterfly (Pensacola Opera), Sister Helen Prejean in Dead Man Walking (Shreveport Opera), Rinaldo in Rinaldo (Fresco Opera) and Angelica in the world premier of A Capcity for Evil with Opera MODO.
Ms. Cotter is currently enjoying her second year as an Apprentice Artist at the Santa Fe Opera where she is covering the role of Karolka in Jenůfa and will be featured in Act 2 of Hänsel und Gretel as Hänsel in the Apprentice Scenes Showcase.
The 2016-17 season included many debuts for Ms. Cotter including her PORTopera debut as Mrs. Nolan in Gian Carlo Menotti's The Medium and Carmen (cover) in Bizet's Carmen. Ms. Cotter also made her debut with Pensacola Opera as Older Alyce in Glory Denied directed by Dean Anthony, and continued the season with a cover of Amneris in Verdi's Aida and two performances of Jade Boucher in Heggie's Dead Man Walking, where she also covered the role of Sister Helen Prejean. Ms. Cotter was recently featured in the Art Song Preservation Society's Masterclass Series of Italian Art Songs and Arias with coach Joan Dornemann at the National Opera Center and shortly after made her debut at Fresco Opera Theatre singing the title role in their production of Rinaldo to much acclaim. Ms. Cotter was a
resident artist for Shreveport Opera for the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 seasons where she sang the roles of Sister Helen Prejean, Dead Man Walking; Mercédès, Carmen; Flora, La Traviata; Kate, The Pirates of Penzance and Tisbe in La Cenerentola as well as covered the role of Angelina.
In the summer of 2014, Ms. Cotter was a member of the prestigious Gerdine Young Artist Program with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis where she sang Second Spirit in The Magic Flute and covered the role of Sr. Mathilde in Dialogues of the Carmelites. Other recent roles include Sesto, La Clemenza di Tito; Prince Orlovsky, Die Fledermaus; Ottavia, L'incoronazione di Poppea; Mrs. Grose, The Turn of the Screw; Doralice, La Gazzetta; Beppe, L'amico Fritz; Nicklausse, Les Contes D'Hoffmann; La Frugola, Il Tabarro and Adeline, Strawberry Fields.
Ms. Cotter has performed as a soloist in many concert works including Handel's Messiah, Beethoven's 9th Symphony, Mozart’s Mass in C major and the Bach Cantata 133 with various orchestras including the Mason Symphony, Shreveport Symphony, Rapides Symphony Orchestra, Lakeview Symphony Orchestra, New England Conservatory Symphony and the State University of New York at Fredonia Symphony.
Ms. Cotter recently placed 1st in the 2017 Opera MODO competition and won the grand prize in the Ann Arbor Song Slam where she performed the world premier of "Invictus" by composer Evan Snyder. Ms. Cotter was a Regional Finalist for the 2018, 2017 and 2016 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in the Mid-Atlantic, Gulf Coast and the Great Lakes Region and placed 2nd in the 2017 Rochester Opera Competition and the 2016 Mary Jacobs Smith Singer of the Year Competition. In 2015, Ms. Cotter was awarded the New Orleans District "Encouragement Award" for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and was awarded the Barbara Marshall Award in the Mary Jacobs Smith Singer of the Year Award.
Off the opera stage, Ms. Cotter is an avid marathoner having completed the 2013 Wine Glass Full Marathon in Corning, NY and the 2014 Philadelphia Full Marathon and the 2017 Buffalo Half Marathon.