Monica Harte

Monica Harte

Adjunct Lecturer, Voice

Monica Harte embodies the breath of fresh air the opera world is inhaling. A true visionary, Harte is most noted as the co-founder and general director of Remarkable Theater Brigade (RTB) in New York, where she launched the highly successful annual production of Opera Shorts at Carnegie Hall. Revolutionizing the typical, traditional medium of opera, her creation of Opera Shorts presents some of the most exciting living composers of our time.

As a director, producer, soprano and voice teacher, Harte's career has taken her across North America and Europe with numerous coloratura roles in the standard and contemporary repertoire and dozens of directed productions. In January 2012, she was named general director of the Nevada Opera Association (NVO), the company her parents, Ted and Deena Puffer, founded in 1968. Her bi-coastal positions complement each other as RTB brings original operas emphasizing modern accessibility to new audiences, while NVO produces modern productions of traditional operas with a classy twist.

Celebrated internationally as a consummate artist and an unusually endearing performer by La Nouvelle Republique & Centre Presse, she recently recorded two CDs for MSR Classics Record Labels: Songs from Another Place and Long Island Songs. Fanfare Magazine said her voice was an exquisitely controlled vocal instrument she uses to delve into the hearts of texts with uncanny powers of penetration, and enjoyed her bright clarion voice. Her stirring stage performances have also given her world acclaim, performing in Europe and North America in recent title roles including Handel's Alcina for Satori Opera Company in New York, Annie for Opera Shorts at Carnegie Hall, and Brunner's Lady MacBeth at the Bourge Music Festival in France.

Recently featured in a documentary on RTB and Opera Shorts that aired on Brooklyn Cable in 2012, Harte's community involvement stretches into academia, teaching voice at Brooklyn College. She also is a private vocal coach with professional students who have performed at New York City Opera and the Metropolitan Opera, among others.