School of Music
College of Performing and Visual Arts
Mathilda Edge, soprano, is from Chandlerville, Illinois. She has won recognition in a number of international, national, and regional competitions in recent years. In 2016 alone she received third place in the both the Washington International Competition for Voice and the National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Award Competition. She was lauded by the judges in both competitions for her "flawless technical control and vocal freedom." Earlier in the year she won first place in the Bel Canto Chorus’ Regional Artist Competition in Milwaukee, WI, with whom she debuted as the soprano soloist in Mendelssohn’s Elijah in March of 2017. Ms. Edge also took first place in Bloomington, Indiana’s chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letter Vocal Competition.
Ms. Edge has won the Indiana District's Metropolitan Opera National Council for the past three years. She placed second place at the Central Region MONC auditions in November of 2015, and third in the following year. Early in 2017 Ms. Edge was a semifinalist for Houston Grand Opera's Eleanor McCollum Competition, and in May took third place in Opera Columbus’ Cooper-Bing Competition.
While maintaining an active Ms. Edge competition schedule, she also maintains an active performing career in concert, oratorio, recital, and operatic work. She has sung concert work and oratorio with numerous choirs and universities such as the The City Choir of Washington & New Dominion Chorale both in Washington, DC, the Bel Canto Chorus in Milwaukee, WI, Indiana University, Indiana State University, Illinois College, and Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. Ms. Edge has performed such roles as Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, First Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Sandman in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, Romilda in Händel’s Xerxes, and The Milliner in Stauss’ Der Rosenkavalier. In November 2016 she debuted as the title role of Madama Butterfly (Puccini), in which, she was praised for her "deeply affecting" performance.
In the Summer of 2017 Ms. Edge performed with the Merola Opera Program participating in the Schwabacher Summer Concert on which she sang an extended scene as the title role in Massenet's Thaïs. Her performance was compared to Ms. Beverly Sills with San Francisco Classical Voice saying that Mathilda “portrayed Thaïs in a performance ready for the whole opera (which made even the divine Beverly Sills fold in one of her final San Francisco appearances, in 1977).” Later in the summer she made her public debut on the San Francisco Opera stage in the Merola Grand Finale singing a selection from Verdi’s I vespri Siciliani. In the Summer of 2018, Ms. Edge will be covering the title role of Ariadne in Richard Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos as an Apprentice Artist with Santa Fe Opera.
Ms. Edge is in the process of completing her Doctor of Music degree at Indiana University where she also completed her Masters. While there she held a graduate assistantship, and was a recipient of the prestigious Georgina Joshi Fellowship. Ms. Edge has also served as an Interim Instructor of Voice at Indiana State University.