Tichina Vaughn is an outstanding singer personality. As acclaimed interpreter of the dramatic mezzo-soprano repertoire, she has been guest at renowned opera houses, and concert halls, theaters around the world. Her vocal versatility in opera, operetta, musical theater, and jazz, has afforded her artistic successes that bridge the boundaries of musical genres.
The American mezzo began her career as a member of the Metropolitan Opera Young Artist Program and had her European debut as Madame Quickly at the Staatsoper Stuttgart.
Most recently, the Kammersängerin made her Teatro alla Scala debut as Maria in Gershwins Porgy and Bess. Other highlights of the 2016-17 season include reprisals of Klytemnestra in Strauss’ Elektra, the Witch in Humperdinck’s Königskinder and Hansel and Gretel, as well as the Ice Queen in Weinbergers’ Schwanda the Bagpiper at the Semper Opera Dresden. Further debuts for this season include the premiere of Mischa Spoliansky’s Alles Schwindel at the Semper Opera, as well appearances as Filippneyva in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin at the Spoleto Festival USA. Concert appearances this sesaon feature Tichina Vaughn in her solo portrait jazz program, Billie, Ella, Sarah, and Me at the Semper Opera and in various concerts and appearances around Saxony.
In previous seasons, Tichina Vaughn was guest at the the Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, National Opera Hong Kong, the Arena di Verona, Teatro Rome alla Caracalla, Teatro Padova, Detroit Opera, Seattle Opera, Tulsa Opera, and Michigan Opera as Amneris in Verdi’s Aida. Other favored guest appearances have included Azucena in Il Trovatore for Budhapest National Opera, Arena di Verona, the Teatro Verdi di Trieste, the Festival Arturo Toscanini Bussetto, the Teatro Carlo Felice Genoa, the Greek National Opera, and the Sacramento Opera among others.
Other well known role portraits include Ulrica in Un Ballo in Maschera heard in the opera houses of San Francisco, Hamburg, Graz, Salerno, Verona, Palermo, Ancona, and at the Semper Opera Dresden.
Further guest engagements have taken her to the opera houses of Los Angeles, Il Trittico as well as the Finnish National Opera, Augsburg Opera, Opera Kassel, Erda (The Ring Cycle), Frankfurt National Opera, (Don Carlo) , Il Trittico, the Bregenz Festival (Porgy and Bess), and Las Palmas Opera, (Salome), among others.
From 1998 to 2006 Tichina Vaughn was a principal artist at the State Opera of Stuttgart and was awarded the title Kammersängerin for her successes in such roles as as Eboli (Don Carlo), Azucena ( Il Trovatore), Widow Begbick ( Mahagonny), Venus (Tannhauser), Arnalta ( Poppea), Herodias ( Salome), Fricka ( The Walküre), Waltraute (Götterdämmerung) and Erda (Siegfried and Das Rheingold). In crossover she was a guest at SWR Big Band, SWR 4 Band, Tango 5, and in numerous crossover concerts and festivals, as well as the 50th anniversary of the State of Baden-Württemberg. Her discography includes the Stuttgart Ring Cycle which include her highly acclaimed appearances as Fricka in Die Walküre and Waltraute in Die Götterdämmerung, which was filmed for the Euro Arts distributed DVD and recorded on the Naxos label.
Since the 2010/11 season Tichina Vaughn is a principal artist at the Semper Opera Dresden, where she has been heard as Azucena, Venus, Ulrica, Ortrud (Lohengrin), Eboli, Prince Orlofsky (The Bat), Isabella (L’italiana in Algeri), Suzuki ( Madama Butterfly), High Priestess (La Vestale), Ursula (Feuersnot), Herodias, The Witch ( Hansel and Gretel), Ice Queen ( Švanda dudák! /! Schwanda the Bagpiper“), Cornelia (Giulio Cesare in Egitto), and Filipjewna (Eugene Onegin) to name a few.
Recent Crossover and Jazz engagements have included appearances at the Jazz Festival Dresden and in a Germany wide tour with Klazz Brothers & Cuba Percussion.
In addition to her many operatic engagements, Tichina Vaughn performs symphonic concerts, chamber concerts and recitals in many prestigious concert halls around the world. Featured works include Verdi’s Requiem ,Beethoveen’s 9th, and Bernstein’s Jerimiah Symphony. Orchestra and conductors include the Berlin Philharmonic, the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Jerusalem Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra, the Taipei Symphony, the Dublin National Symphony, and the Stuttgart Philharmonic in collaboration with Maestros Placido Domingo, Sir Simon Rattle, James Conlon, Fabio Luisi, James Levine, Nello Santi, Mislahv Rostropovich, Nicola Luisotti, Daniel Oren, Bobby McFerrin, Lorin Maazel and Yves Abel to name a few.
In 2005 Tichina released her solo portrait CD entitled “Christmas At My House”. Additionally she appears on the new release Live from the Semperoper 2012: Schwanda the Bagpiper.
In addition to her title as Kammersängerin, Tichina Vaughn has received many awards and honors during her distinguished career including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Award, Opera Index Vocal Competition Award, Richard Tucker Study Grand Award, and a Birgit Nillson Foundatin Award. Most recently she recived the Consul General’s Award for Cultural Diplomacy from the Consulate General Milan for her portrayal as Maria In Porgy and Bess at Teatro alla Scala.
Tichina Vaughn completed her studies at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Georgia State University, and the American Institue of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria.