Wendy Bryn Harmer  
Soprano
article in Classical Singer Magazine
New England Third Place Winner, 2003, 2004
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This season Wendy Bryn Harmer makes role debuts in the title role of Ariadne auf Naxos with Palm Beach Opera and as Senta in Der fliegende Holländer with Seattle Opera.In 2014-2015 the soprano appeared as Eva in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at English National Opera, Rusalka with New Orleans Opera, and Leonore in Fidelio with Opera Omaha. She also appeared at Jordan Hall in the world premiere of Patricia Leonard’s “My Dearest Friend,” a song cycle based on the letters of John and Abigail Adams, with an encore at Opera America in New York. Highlights of the soprano’s 2013/2014 season included a visit to Bard SummerScape in Annandale NY as Eglantine in Weber’s Euryanthe, and Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus with Houston Grand Opera and Desdemona in Otello in a semi-staged performance with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra.

 

Wendy was born in Roseville, California and graduated with a Bachelor's degree from The Boston Conservatory in 2003. In 2002 and 2003 she studied with Marilyn Horne at Music Academy of the West. She was also a member of the Gerdine Young Artist Program at Opera Theater of St. Louis, attended the Merola opera program at San Francisco Opera, and was one of nine singers invited to study at the Music Academy in Villecroze, France. In 2004 Wendy entered the Met’s Lindemann Young Artist Program and in 2005 made her Met debut as a  Bridesmaid in Le nozze di Figaro. Early major roles included Glauce in Cherubini’s Medea at the Glimmerglass Festival, Wanda in La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolsteinand Vitellia in La Clemenza di Tito at Opera Boston, Adalgisa in Norma at the Palm Beach Opera, and Mimi in La bohéme at the Utah Opera Festival. In 2012/2013 the soprano went on to take part in a number of Ring cycles, appearing  at the Met as Freia in Das Rheingoldand Gutrune in Götterdämmerungand with Seattle Opera as Freia, Gutrune, and Gerhilda in Die Walküre.

 

A winner of a 2010 Richard Tucker Foundation Grant, in 2005 Wendy also received the George London/Leonie Rysanek Award. Other kudos included first place in the 2004 Palm Beach Opera Competition, the 2007 Jensen Award, the Teatro alla Scala Award at the 2007 Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition, and awards from the Fritz & Lavinia Jensen Foundation and the Marilyn Horne Foundation.

 

Taken from www.wendybrynharmer.com.

 


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