"Sinister and seductive" is how the Sun-Times described Thea Tullman as La Musica in Chicago Opera Theater's acclaimed new production of Monteverdi's Orfeo. A native of Chicago, Thea is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Vassar College, where she studied voice with Richard Lalli and Viviane Thomas. She recently completed her master's degree at the Manhattan School of Music in the studio of Edith Bers. At Vassar she sang the roles of Poppea in Monteverdi's The Coronation of Poppea and Mlle. Silberklang in Mozart's The Impressario. She has performed scenes both at Vassar and the Mannes College of Music. Highlights have included Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, and Manon in Manon.
At Manhattan School she participated in the Opera 
Outreach Program for  Children, which took her on a tour of schools throughout Manhattan and the Bronx. Thea's summers have been spent at the Aspen Music Festival and at Central City Opera, where she will return for a second summer this June. Future plans include the role of Lucia in the Rape of Lucretia with Chicago Opera Theater in 2002.