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Reri Grist

Reri Grist had a well known operatic career among the most gleaming, delightful, and lovable sopranos on stage, particularly in soubrette parts. Being a concert musician she got an unusually wide repertory. Her tone of voice was routinely referred to as “silvery” and was extremely versatile and accurate. She was an entertainer as a kid, singing and dance in Broadway musicals. She received solid tone of voice schooling from Claire Gelda while she was still carrying on her theater function. She sang in Carmen Jones (Oscar Hammerstein’s version of Bizet’s Carmen occur an African-American ethnic milieu), and developed the function of Consuela in the initial creation of Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim’s traditional, West Side Tale. Bernstein involved her to sing the soprano component in the ultimate motion of Mahler’s 4th Symphony in his Columbia documenting, among the traditional early stereo system recordings of the task, and she sang it on the nationwide CBS broadcast in the “Who was simply Gustav Mahler?” system of Bernstein’s Youthful People’s Concerts series, an application that was the intro to the great composer for hundreds of thousands. Her opera debut was using the Santa Fé Opera in 1959. She sang Adele in Die Fledermaus and Blonde in Die Entführung as dem Serail on tour with Santa Fé Opera, and was quickly invited to become listed on the roster from the Cologne Opera. In 1960, she produced her Western debut there as the Queen of the night time in Mozart’s The Magic Flute. In 1961 she also received a agreement from your Züwealthy Opera, showing up for the very first time as Zerbinetta in Richard Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos, a job seemingly tailor-made on her behalf sort of vocal sparkle and flirtatious stage existence. She continued to be in the Züwealthy Opera organization from 1961 to 1964. She debuted at Covent Backyard in Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Golden Cockerel, selected Zerbinetta for popular debut in the Vienna Condition Opera in 1963, signing up for the august organization in 1964. She was among the hits from the Salzburg Event of 1965 when she sang two from the leading Mozart soubrette functions (Blonde and Susanna in The Relationship of Figaro) and, once more, Zerbinetta. Her 1966 debut in the Metropolitan Opera in NY was as Rosina (in its soprano edition) in Rossini’s Barber of Seville. Well known additional opera functions have already been Despina in Così lover tutte (1972 in the Salzburg Event) and Adina in L’elisir d’amore (1973 in the Vienna Event), Oscar in El ballo in maschera, Gilda in Rigoletto, Zerlina in Don Giovanni (which she documented under Karl Böhm), and Iphis in Handel’s Jephtha. In 1970, she joined up with the Munich Condition Opera. Like a concert vocalist she sang repertory from your Baroque to Alban Berg and Anton Webern. She actually is married towards the mentioned musicologist Ulf Thompson and makes her house with him in Berlin, where she shows. She’s also taught in the Steans Institute in the Ravinia Event in Chicago, and until 1997 in the Munich Conservatory of Music.

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