Oct. 2, 2008
Dramatic soprano Christine Brewer to be "Visiting Artist in Residence" in the Webster University Department of Music
Webster University has announced that dramatic soprano Christine Brewer will be a "Visiting Artist in Residence" in the Webster University Department of Music. As such, Ms Brewer will present an on- going series of master classes for voice students, and will also present guest lectures on topics such as career development, vocal health and arts management.
"We are delighted that this magnificent artist will be sharing her knowledge and talent with our students and faculty. Christine is at the top of her game right now. She is a true asset to and good friend of our Department of Music. This appointment further complements Webster's strong vocal studies program, headed by longtime faculty member Carole Gaspar." - Jeffrey Carter, chair of Webster University Department of Music
"Webster University's Department of Music is continuing to develop strong young professional musicians, and this has become especially evident in the area of vocal studies. Christine Brewer's appointment has been a dream of ours, and now is an exciting reality. She has been giving a series of Master Classes for our students, and will continue to do that, as her busy performing career permits. Additionally, she will spend some days in residence giving presentations on topics related to career development and coaching advanced singers. Christine is a great person. She is as interested in young people and as committed to education as she is to her extraordinary and luminous vocal artistry and singing career. She is a perfect role model for students and young artists." - Carole Gaspar, head of Webster's vocal studies program
"Christine enjoys working with young singers and can offer them so much on many different levels; I am personally very excited, and feel that we are all extremely fortunate, to have her be a part of Webster's voice department." - Alice Nelson, head of Webster's Opera Studio
Christine Brewer's bio (from her Web site www.christinebrewer.com)
Grammy Award winning American soprano Christine Brewer's appearances in opera, concert and recital are marked with her own unique timbre, at once warm and brilliant, combined with a vibrant personality and emotional honesty reminiscent of the great sopranos of the past. Her range, golden tone, boundless power, and control make her a favorite of the stage as well as a sought-after recording artist.
Highlights for Ms. Brewer's 2007-8 season are numerous and include the season opening recital for London's Wigmore Hall with pianist Roger Vignoles; her company and role debut at the Lyric Opera of Chicago as Dyer's Wife in Strauss's Die Frau ohne Schatten, a role she will repeat in her debut at the Paris Opera; and performances of Mahler's Symphony No. 8 with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Christoph Eschenbach in Philadelphia and on tour to Carnegie Hall. Other concert performances include Wagner excerpts with Sir Charles Mackerras and the Gewandhaus Leipzig; Wesendonk Lieder with Yannick Nezet-Seguin and the Dresden Staatskapelle; Four Last Songs with the Toulouse Orchestra; Verdi's Requiem in Florence with James Conlon and with Jaap van Sweden and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra; and Gorecki's Symphony No. 3 with Donald Runnicles and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. She will record the Gorecki with Runnicles and the ASO for Telarc. She returns to her home town to join the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and David Robertson for concert performances of Fidelio.
Ms. Brewer has appeared with many of the world's great conductors and has performed her broad repertoire regularly with the world's leading orchestras. A stunning recitalist, in addition to her many appearances at Wigmore Hall in London, Ms. Brewer has graced Lincoln Center's "Art of the Song" series at Alice Tully Hall and made appearances in Washington, D.C., Vancouver, Santa Fe, Cleveland, St. Louis and Portland (Maine). She sang for TRH The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall on their recent tour of the United States.
Ms. Brewer's recordings include a contribution to Hyperion's prestigious Schubert series with pianist Graham Johnson, and their Strauss series with pianist Roger Vignoles; the Janacek Glagolitic Mass and Dvorak Te Deum with Robert Shaw and the Atlanta Symphony (Telarc); two recital recordings entitled "Saint Louis Woman" and "Music for a while" produced and released by the Opera Theatre of St. Louis. Recent recordings include Strauss's Four Last Songs and Wagner's Liebestod and Mozart's Requiem with Donald Runnicles and the Atlanta Symphony (Telarc); Fidelio (in German) with Sir Colin Davis and the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO Live); Tristan und Isolde (Warner Classics) with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Donald Runnicles; Barber's Vanessa (Chandos) with the BBC Symphony and the Grammy Award-winning Bolcom Songs of Innocence and Experience (Naxos), both conducted by Leonard Slatkin; Mahler's Symphony No. 8 (EMI) with Sir Simon Rattle conducting the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; Fidelio (in English) and "Great Operatic Arias" (Chandos) with the London Philharmonic and David Parry; and Britten's War Requiem with the London. Philharmonic Orchestra and Kurt Masur (LPO Live).