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Marquita Richardson is a soprano and voice actor with roots in Nashville and the Greater Philadelphia area. Raised in a musical family, Marquita learned to sing and appreciate a wide variety of musical styles at home, but she started studying voice officially after attending college (Oakwood University, B.S. in Biology). She fell in love with the unique world of opera under the tutelage of Dr. Lloyd Mallory at Delaware State University and continued her studies with Dr. Everett McCorvey at the University of Kentucky in 2018.

Marquita has performed leading and supportive roles for Opera Memphis (Juno in La Calisto, 2024; Mimi in La Bohème, May 2024), the Chautauqua Opera and Conservatory (Suor Angelica in Suor Angelica, 2023), Kentucky Opera (Sandman and Dew Fairy in Hansel & Gretel,  2023; Musetta in La Bohème, 2022) and the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre (Mimì in La Bohème, 2022; Abigail Williams in The Crucible, 2021; Suor Angelica in Suor Angelica, 2019; covering Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly, 2018).

She served as a chorus member with Chautauqua Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Kentucky Opera, the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, and the Nashville Symphony Orchestra (The Jonah People, 2023 world premiere), and as a featured soloist with the Louisville Orchestra, the Memphis Symphony Orchestra (The Harriet Tubman Oratorio, 2024 world premiere), Albany Symphony Orchestra, and Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra. She also served as a 2022-2023 Barbara & Halsey Sandford Studio Artist with Kentucky Opera, as a 2023 Apprentice Artist for Chautauqua Opera, and currently as a Handorf Company Artist for Opera Memphis.

Marquita maintains her love of performing a variety of music—opera, musical theater, pop, Spirituals—and enjoys every opportunity to connect with and inspire others through music.

Marquita believes in creating a more empathetic world through art and great storytelling.

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"Musetta, Musetta, Musetta!! What a perfect name for her character and Marquita Richardson was living that fantasy every moment she was on stage. Intriguing and diva-esque, Richardson hit every nuance and note that I’ve grown to know Musetta to be."

Annette Skaggs, Arts Louisville

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