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Noted by the San Francisco Chronicle as “a singer of rare gifts and artistic intensity” and by the Miami Herald for possessing “a superb voice capable of just about everything,” Canadian soprano MEASHA BRUEGGERGOSMAN (The Angel / Voice) has emerged as one of the most magnificent performers and vibrant personalities of the day. She is critically acclaimed by the international press as much for her innate musicianship and voluptuous voice as for a sovereign stage presence far beyond her years.
Brueggergosman’s appearances of the 2012/13 season include her Berlin Philharmonic debut in concert performances of Porgy and Bess under the baton of Music Director Sir Simon Rattle. She joins Jukka-Pekka Saraste and the WDR Symphonieorchester on a European tour giving performances of Strauss’ Vier letzte Lieder and returns to the Camerata Salzburg for Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder. Highlights of the North American diary include Peter Eötvös’ Angels in America with the Los Angeles Philharmonic led by Pablo Heras-Casado, a program of Barber and Duparc with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and James Gaffigan, and Berlioz’s Les nuits d’été with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra with Bramwell Tovey conducting.
Deeply committed to the art of song, Measha Brueggergosman has given solo recitals at London’s Wigmore Hall, Roy Thomson Hall, Carnegie Hall, Spivey Hall, the Kennedy Center, and the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels with Roger Vignoles; in Gstaad, New York, and Verbier with Jean-Yves Thibaudet; and at Weill Hall in New York, Hertz Hall in Berkeley, and Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor with J.J. Penna. She currently tours with collaborative pianist Justus Zeyen. Additionally, she participated in the Verbier Festival’s one-off presentation, Rufus Wainwright Goes Classical, sharing performances of works from the classical repertoire, with Rufus Wainwright and Angelika Kirchschlager, rearranged especially for the occasion.
Her expanding international operatic profile includes debuts at Houston Grand Opera as Sister Rose in Dead Man Walking directed by Leonard Foglia and conducted by Patrick Summers as well as at the Teatro Real as Jenny Smith in Weill’s The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny in a new production by the Catalan theatre company, La Fura dels Baus, conducted by Pablo Heras-Casado. She has bowed as Madame Lidoine in Dialogues des Carmélites under Jonathan Darlington for Vancouver Opera, as Elettra in Idomeneo and as Vitellia in La clemenza di Tito at Toronto’s Opera Atelier, as Juno in Joseph Martin Kraus’ Aeneas in Karthago conducted by Lothar Zagrosek at the Staatstheater Stuttgart, and as Bess in Porgy and Bess, Sister Rose in Dead Man Walking, and as Liù in Turandot at the Cincinnati Opera.
Beyond the great concert halls of the world, Brueggergosman lends her voice, passion, and energy to social and environmental causes as a Canadian good-will ambassador for three international organizations: African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF); Learning Through the Arts; and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Her commitments to these organizations have taken her on a broad spectrum of missions, from primary schools in New Brunswick, Canada to internally displaced persons camps in northern Uganda.
Her extraordinary versatility, intuitive musicality, and radiant star quality are reflected in the array of recordings she has made in artistic relationships with Deutsche Grammophon and CBC Records. Her first recording for DG, Surprise, was released in 2007 and garnered a Juno Award for Classical Album of the Year. Night and Dreams, Brueggergosman’s second solo recording for the label, was released in 2009. 2010’s release of Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder as well as a recording of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, both with Franz Welser-Möst and the Cleveland Orchestra, also are commercially available on Deutsche Grammophon. So Much to Tell, Brueggergosman’s first solo commercial recording on the CBC Records label, with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra and conductor Roy Goodman, features music by Barber, Copland, and Gershwin. Extase, also on CBC Records, presents a sumptuous program of Berlioz’ Les nuits d'été and Massenet opera arias with Yoav Talmi and the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec.
Measha Brueggergosman studied at the University of Toronto with Mary Morrison and pursued postgraduate studies in Germany with Edith Wiens. She also has worked with such distinguished musicians as Christoph Eschenbach, Ruth Falcon, Brigitte Fassbaender, Margo Garrett, Håkan Hagegård, Jessye Norman, Rudolf Piernay, and Thomas Quasthoff.
Comprehensive performance and career information may be found at measha.com.