Soprano, Makeda Hampton, is a native of New Castle, Delaware. She recently performed in the new production of Porgy and Bess at the Metropolitan Opera in the 2019-2020 season. Other season highlights include debut performances with the Long Island Concert Orchestra, Baltimore Concert Opera, and OperaDelaware. In addition to performing regularly as a concert soloist, Makeda’s operatic roles include Lucy (The Telephone), Adele (Die Fledermaus), First Spirit (The Magic Flute), and Blanche DuBoise (A Streetcar Named Desire).
Makeda has studied and performed across the United States and Europe, including the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, Tyrolean Opera Festival in Maurach, Austria, Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, SongFest in Los Angeles, New Jersey State Opera, and the University of Kentucky Opera Theater.
Makeda has won several vocal competitions and music awards, including first place in the 2020 MI Opera Vocal Competition, the American Prize, Montpelier Arts Center Classical Recital Competition, and the Austrian-American Society Music Competition. In 2016, Makeda won the prestigious first place award in the University of Kentucky's 11th Alltech Voice Competition and was a Marian Anderson Historical Society voice scholar from 2008-2010 in Philadelphia, PA.
Makeda was an assistant professor of voice at Oakwood University from 2010-2016 and is currently a candidate for the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree at the University of Kentucky, where she was a Lyman T. Johnson Graduate Fellow from 2016-2019. She earned a Master of Music in voice performance and pedagogy from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and a Bachelor of Music in voice performance and pedagogy from Oakwood University in Huntsville, AL.