Detroit native Sequina DuBose is a stunning performer most noted for her engaging stage presence and charming musical style.
Ms. DuBose’s repertoire displays her versatility in a variety of comic and dramatic roles. Recently, she debuted as a soloist and ensemble member in Underground Railroad: A Spiritual Journey, a concert series which culminated in a performance at the Metropolitan Opera with Kathleen Battle. She made her debut with Michigan Opera Theater as 4th Maidservant in Strauss’ Elektra and has performed with both the Lyric Opera of Chicago and Royal Danish Opera as Annie in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. Ms. DuBose also sang 40 consecutive performances as Clara in the 75th Anniversary National Tour of Porgy and Bess with PAB Theater where critics raved, “her lovely lyric soprano spun Summertime winningly…she gave unusual stature to Clara as a figure of tragic grandeur” (South Florida Classical Review). As Clorinda in Rossini’s La Cenerentola with Opera Memphis, critics praised her portrayal of the wicked stepsister as one of “incessant vanity”, with both sisters praised for characterization “conceived as zany grotesques…as colorful as their voices” (Memphis Commercial Appeal). Additionally, Ms. DuBose has portrayed Musetta in Puccini’s La Bohème and a reprise of Clorinda in Rossini’s La Cenerentola with DiCapo Opera, and as Rachel in Nkeiru Okoye’s folk opera Harriet Tubman: When I Cross That Line to Freedom with American Opera Projects. Ms. DuBose has also performed with the Opera Company of Philadelphia and Utah Festival Opera Company. Other performed roles include Pamina in Mozart’s, The Magic Flute, Erisbe in Cavalli’s L’Ormindo, Lauretta in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Nanetta in Verdi’s, Falstaff, and both Susanna and Countess in Mozart’s, The Marriage of Figaro.
Recognized for her unique talent, Ms. DuBose, a Marian Anderson Society Scholar, has received awards and high rankings in several competitions including the American Traditions Competition, Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal Competition, The Kurt Weil Foundation Lotte Lenya Vocal Competition, The Five Towns Music and Arts Foundation Vocal Competition, the Richardson Awards for Voice Competition in Lansing Michigan, the Virginia NATS Competition, the Annapolis Opera Competition, and the Leontyne Price Vocal Arts Competition for Emerging Artists. She was also honored to participate as a Quarter-finalist in the 2009 International Hans Gabor Belvedere Competition in Vienna, Austria.
On the concert stage, she has performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall and Yale’s Woolsey Hall. She has traveled throughout the Czech Republic, Ghana, Bermuda, Martinique, Denmark, Switzerland and Paris. Most notably, she has appeared as a soloist in the world premiere performance and recording of Wynton Marsalis’, All Rise, with the Morgan State University Choir, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. She had the opportunity to tour and perform with JLCO again in 2015/16 as a soloist and ensemble member for Wynton Marsalis’ Abyssinian Mass with Chorale Le Chateau. Ms. DuBose regularly tours as a soprano soloist with The American Spiritual Ensemble throughout the U.S. and Spain and maintains an active solo concert career.