Faith Sherman
Mezzo soprano
New England First Place Winner, 2007

Faith Sherman will make her Paris debut in February 2015 as Catherine in Arthur Honegger’s oratorio “Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher” in the inaugural concert of the Philharmonie de Paris, the new home of the Orchestre de Paris. With actress Marian Cotillard in the title role, the production will move on first to Monaco with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, then to the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, and in June to Lincoln Center with the New York Philharmonic. The mezzo also rejoins Houston Grand Opera next spring as Rossweisse in Die Walküre. Last season Faith was Smeaton in Anna Bolena with Welch National Opera.

 

A native of Wilton, Connecticut, Faith received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music (2003), her Masters from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music (2005), and her Artist Diploma at the Juilliard Opera Center (2007). Her studies also included a 2002-2003 fellowship to Music Academy of the West and membership in San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program (2005). Early roles included Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Eastman), Mrs. Allan in Dominick Argento’s The Voyage of Edgar Allan Poe and the Mother/Witch in Hänsel und Gretel (Cincinnati); with Juilliard Faith appeared as Clytemnestre (Iphigénie en Aulide), Ramiro (La finta giardiniera),Fay Doyle in the world premiere of Lowell Liebermann's Miss Lonelyheart, and Hermia in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream. As a member of the Wolf Trap Opera Young Artist Program (summers of 2006-2007) the mezzo appeared as Alice in Le Comte Ory, Gertrude in Roméo et Juliette, Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, the Second Lady in Die Zauberflöte, and Erminella in John Musto’s Volpone.

 

In 2007 Faith joined the Houston Grand Opera Studio, where she was featured in scenes from La clemenza di Tito (Sesto), Carmen (Mercèdes), and Dead Man Walking (Sister Helen Prejean). On the Houston main stage the next season, Faith appeared as Beatrice in select in performances of Berlioz’ Beatrice and Benedict andas Mrs. Rowlandson in the world premiere of André Previn’s Brief Encounter; she also covered Hermia in Britten’s A Midsummer Nights Dream and Madeleine in Jake Heggie’s Last Acts. Later with HGO Faith covered the Composer in Ariadne auf Naxos and was the mezzo-soprano soloist in “The Refuge” by Christopher Theofanidis.

 

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