Raehann Bryce-Davis makes her LA Opera debut as the Big Stone in the world premiere of Matthew Aucoin's Eurydice.
Hailed by the New York Times as a "striking mezzo soprano" and by the San Francisco Chronicle for her "electrifying sense of fearlessness," in the 2019/20 season she returns to Opera Vlaanderen for her role debut as Eboli in Don Carlos. She also makes her LA Opera debut in the world premiere of Eurydice, a co-production with the Metropolitan Opera, and continues in further performances of Unknown, I Live With You with the Kurt Weill Festival Dessau. Ms. Bryce-Davis also joins conductor Kent Nagano and the Montreal Symphony for Verdi’s Requiem, sings Nathaniel Dett’s The Ordering of Moses for the centennial of the Harlem Renaissance at Carnegie Hall, Mendelssohn's Elijah with St. George’s Choral Society, Moravec’s Sanctuary Road with the Chautauqua Symphony, and a recital series with pianist Mark Markham.
Last season she made her role debut as Leonor in La Favorite at the Teatro Massimo di Palermo, Marguerite in La Damnation de Faust with John Nelson and the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Costa Rica, Mrs. Alexander in Satyagraha at Opera Vlaanderen, the world premiere and tour of Unknown, I Live With You with the Airport Society, Kristina in The Makropulos Affair at the Janáček Brno Festival, Verdi's Requiem with the Oratorio Society of New York at Carnegie Hall, Martinů’s Julietta with the American Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, and Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra.
Ms. Bryce-Davis recently sang her first performances of Wellgunde in Die Ring-Trilogie with Theater an der Wien, and Madeline Mitchell in Three Decembers with Opera Maine. While a member of the ensemble of Opera Vlaanderen, Ms. Bryce-Davis sang Nezhata in Sadko, Kristina in The Makropolus Affair, and Mary in The Flying Dutchman. She was a recent participant in San Francisco Opera’s prestigious Merola Opera Program, where she sang Eboli in selections from Don Carlo and Santuzza from Cavalleria Rusticana. While a resident artist at Michigan Opera Theatre, she sang the Third Lady in The Magic Flute, Lady in Waiting in Macbeth, and Ma Moss in The Tender Land. Other recent performances include Mama McCourt in The Ballad of Baby Doe with Chautauqua Opera, Albine in Thaïs with Florida Grand Opera, Zita in Gianni Schicchi with Aspen Music Festival, Owl in Alice in Wonderland with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Lily in Porgy and Bess with both Grand Théâtre de Genève and Odyssud Blagnac, Abuela in En Mis Palabras with the Fall Festival of the Arts, and Begbick in Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny with Manhattan School of Music.
On the concert stage, Ms. Bryce-Davis recently sang Elgar’s Sea Pictures at the Musikverein in Vienna, the world premiere of Paul Moravec’s Sanctuary Road in her Carnegie Hall debut with Oratorio Society of New York, and Verdi’s Requiem with both the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Costa Rica and the Greenwich Village Orchestra. She also joined the Aspen Music Festival for John Corigliano’s Of Rage and Remembrance, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with Kent Tritle in a world premiere organ transcription at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, Verdi’s Requiem with Marywood University, Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky with Philippe Entremont and the Manhattan School of Music Symphony, Durufle’s Requiem with Maestro David Thye, and Handel’s Messiah with Phillip Nuzzo and the Metro Chamber Orchestra. Also an ardent proponent of contemporary music, she premiered composer Kyle Werner's Psalm 42 and sang the world premiere of Four Songs for Mezzo Soprano and Orchestra by Jacob A. Greenberg.
Ms. Bryce-Davis is a 2018 recipient of the prestigious George London Award, the first place and audience prize-winner of the 2017 Concorso Lirico Internazionale di Portofino competition, a prize winner of the 2016 International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition and winner of the 2016 Richard F. Gold Career Grant, the 2015 9th International Hilde Zadek Competition at the Musikverein in Vienna, the 2015 Metropolitan Opera National Council Pittsburgh District, and the 2015 Sedat Gürel - Güzin Gürel International Voice Competition in Istanbul. In addition to winning the Zadek competition in Vienna, she also walked away with the supporters and sponsors prize, the media jury prize, a master class with Christa Ludwig, and a gala concert at Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe in Germany. She holds a Master of Music and Professional Studies certificate from the Manhattan School of Music and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Texas at Arlington.
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