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Deanna Breiwick

Deanna Breiwick
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American soprano Deanna Breiwick, hailed by critics for her “sweet sound and floating high notes” and for being a “vocal trapeze artist” (New York Times), is enjoying an exciting and diverse career. In 201718, Ms. Breiwick will return to Opernhaus Zürich, performing Drusilla in L’incoronazione di Poppea; she will also make her Metropolitan Opera stage debut, first as La Charmeuse in Thaïs, and then as a Flower Maiden in Parsifal, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. She will also make her debut with Opera Philadelphia as Aveline Mortimer in the world premiere of Pulitzer Prize winner Kevin Puts and Mark Campbell’s Elizabeth Cree. Concert debuts include Seattle Symphony for Handel’s Messiah and Orff’s Carmina Burana in a joint project with the Charleston Symphony and Nashville Ballet.

In the 201617 season, Deanna Breiwick returned to the United States after several years in Europe as an Ensemble member of Opernhaus Zürich, performing Nannetta in Verdi’s Falstaff with Des Moines Metro Opera, Rosasharn in Ricky Ian Gordon’s Grapes of Wrath with Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Gilda in Rigoletto with Palm Beach Opera and Despina in Mozart’s Così fan tutte with Opera Omaha. She returned to Opernhaus Zürich in the winter of 2016 as Dorothy in Pierangelo Valtinoni’s Der Zauberer von Oz (The Wizard of Oz). Concert appearances included Fauré’s Requiem with the San Antonio Symphony.

As an Ensemble member of Opernhaus Zürich, Deanna performed a variety of roles: Carolina (Il matrimonio segreto), Elisa (Il Re Pastore), Marzelline (Fidelio), Papagena (Die Zauberflöte), and Frauke Beeke Hansen in the world premiere of Das Gespenst von Canterville. Roles for the 201516 season included Madame Silberklang (Der Schauspieldirektor), Adelaide (The Enchanted Pig), a Shepherdess and Amor (King Arthur), and Dorinda (Orlando).

Previous engagements for Ms. Breiwick include Mabel (Pirates of Penzance) and Johanna (Sweeney Todd) with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. With the Metropolitan Opera Ms. Breiwick covered the role of Ariel in the premiere of The Enchanted Island and was a featured soloist in the company’s Summer Recital Series. With the Juilliard opera she has performed the role of Norina (Don Pasquale), Sophie Scholl in the American premier of Peter Maxwell Davies’ Kommilitonen!, and Thérese in Les mamelles de Tirésias. She sang the role of Clizia in Handel’s Teseo with Chicago Opera Theatre. As a fellow of the Aspen Music Festival, she sang the role of Nannetta (Falstaff), and was the soprano soloist in Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream. Under the direction of David Robertson, Ms. Breiwick made her Zankel Hall debut singing the title role of Mozart’s Zaide. She has been featured as the title role in Handel’s Clori, Tirsi e Fileno with Juilliard 415 and under the baton of Nicholas McGegan, and has performed with conductor William Christie in a performance of Handel’s Saeviat tellus. As a fellow of the Tanglewood Music Center she also sang the role of Najade (Ariadne auf Naxos). Additional roles include Une Bergere with the Met+Juilliard production of Armide, Sr. Constance (Dialogues des Carmélites) with The Mannes Opera, as well as two opera premiers as part of VOX with New York City Opera.

Deanna Breiwick is a 2011 Metropolitan Opera National Council Grand Finalist, a 2012 Grand Prize Winner of the Sullivan Foundation Vocal Competition, and a First Prize Winner of the Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal Competition. She also holds awards from the George London Foundation, the Giulio Gari Foundation, the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, and the Richard F. Gold Career Grant. Ms. Breiwick is a native of Seattle, WA and holds degrees from The Juilliard School and Mannes College of Music.

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