A native of Jupiter, Florida, Avery Amereau received her Bachelor of Music degree at Mannes College, and went on to study at The Juilliard School, where she was the proud recipient of a Kovner Fellowship and the Shoshana Foundation 2017 Richard F Gold Career Grant. She has studied with Edith Wiens and Dan Marek.
She made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 2016 as the Madrigal Singer in Puccini’s Manon Lescaut and has since sung at the Glyndebourne Festival (Dryad/Ariadne); Seattle Opera (Ursula/Beatrice et Benedict); Opera Columbus (Carmen) and at the Grand Théâtre de Genève (Cherubino/Nozze di Figaro). This season, Avery makes her débuts at the Salzburg Festival (Page/Salome) and Opera de Lille as Eduige/Rodelinda with Emmanuelle Haïm, reprises the role of Cherubino in her debut with the Tokyo Symphony, makes her BBC debut as Ursula in Beatrice and Benedict, and returns to Glyndebourne as Goffredo/Rinaldo.
Recent concerts include Vivaldi arias with the Orchestra of St Luke’s in New York; Mozart’s Requiem with the Rhode Island Philharmonic and Bramwell Tovey; Bach’s St John Passion and Duruflé’s Requiem with the Voices of Ascension, New York; Berlioz Les Nuits D’été and Brahms Alto Rhapsody with the American Classical Orchestra, and concerts of Handel and Vivaldi with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Nicholas McGegan. Exceptional in baroque repertoire, she has worked with William Christie, Helmuth Rilling and Maasaki Suzuki, and at the Bachfest Leipzig and the Boston Early Music Festival.
The dramatic mezzo-soprano was named by both BBC Music Magazine and the Observer as “a rising star”, and the Financial Times as the “Face to Watch in Opera”. A former BBC New Generation Artist, she is a graduate of Cambridge University and the Royal College of Music, and is the recipient of numerous awards.
Highlight of Jennifer’s engagements in season 2017-18 include, at the Bayerische Staatsoper, La Ciesca Gianni Schicchi /La Maestra della Novizie Suor Angelica in a new production of Puccini’s Il Trittico, and Flosshilde Das Rheingold, Götterdämmerung / Siegrune Die Walküre / Second Norn Götterdämmerung in Wagner’s Ring Cycle, all under Kirill Petrenko. She will also sing Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and the Cleveland Orchestra, both under Franz Welser Möst, with the Spanish National Orchestra and David Afkam, and with the BBCSSO and Thomas Dausgaard; Mahler’s Das Lied Von Der Erde with the Hamburger Symphoniker, Adès’ Totentanz with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Daniel Harding, Verdi’s Requiem with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and Edward Gardner, Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Martyn Brabbins, Bach’s St Matthew Passion with the Bach Choir and David Hill, and Mahler’s Rückert Lieder with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and Courtney Lewis. She will appear in recital with Joseph Middleton for BBC Radio 3 at the Northern Ireland Festival of Voice.
Jennifer has performed with many of the world’s greatest orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, LSO, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestras, Cleveland Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, Wiener Symphoniker and with conductors such as Kirill Petrenko, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Franz Welser-Möst, Sir Andrew Davis, Donald Runnicles, Kent Nagano, Ingo Metzmacher, Alondra de la Parra, Vasily Petrenko, Bernard Labadie, Osmo Vänskä, Kiril Karabits, Juanjo Mena, Dan Ettinger, Vasily Sinaisky, Thomas Søndergård, Thomas Dausgaard, Leonard Slatkin and Harry Bicket.
She has appeared in opera at the Teatro alla Scala, Salzburg Festival, Bayerische Staatsoper, Festival d’Aix en Provence, Opera de Lille, Beijing Festival, Baltic Sea Festival, Scottish Opera and Opera North.
Mezzo-soprano & Contralto
Globally renowned for her interpretation of Mahler, Swedish mezzo soprano, Anna Larsson, has worked with the greatest Mahler conductors of our time including Claudio Abbado, Zubin Mehta, Daniel Harding, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Lorin Maazel and Kurt Masur. On the operatic stage, she is a distinguished Wagnerian and her roles include Erda, Waltraute, Kundry and Brangäne, for which she is regularly in demand. She built and inaugurated the Vattnäs Concert Barn in Sweden which has been the stage for many community projects including a world premiere. She is an intellectual and vocal commentator and ambassador for the future of opera and classical music. In 2014 she was awarded the Royal Medal ‘Litteris et Artibus’ from the King of Sweden.
Nathalie Stutzmann (Contralto)
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Nathalie Stutzmann is considered one of the most outstanding musical personalities of our time. The possessor of a true Contralto voice, Nathalie has an exclusive contract with Warner Classics/Erato as a singer and conductor. Nathalie is Associate Artist of the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra – in the first of a three-year multi-dimensional collaboration, drawing on her talents both as a contralto and as a conductor. She is also Associate Artist of the Orchestre National de Bordeaux for the 2016/17 season, including conducting and contralto work, and has recently been announced as Principal Guest Conductor of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, commencing in September 2017.
Nathalie sings regularly with the world’s greatest conductors and orchestras. Plans for the 2016/17 season include Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with National Symphony Orchestra Washington and Christoph Eschenbach, and Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder with Paul Daniel and Orchestre National de Bordeaux Aquitaine. Particularly acclaimed for her performances of Mahler, highlights of recent seasons have included performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 at the Verbier Festival/Michael Tilson-Thomas, with Berliner Philharmoniker/Sir Simon Rattle, with Frankfurt Radio Symphony/Andrés Orozco-Estrada and with Sao Paulo State Symphony/Marin Alsop, Rückert-Lieder at National Symphony Orchestra Washington/Eschenbach and Des Knaben Wunderhorn with Danish National Symphony Orchestra/Petrenko.