This season, up-and-coming soprano WENDY BRYN HARMER has continued to build her relationship with the Metropolitan Opera. She appeared as First Lady in the English version of The Magic Flute and as Freia in Das Rheingold and in roles in the other operas that comprise the complete Ring Cycle. A recent graduate of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, she made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera as the First Bridesmaid in Le nozze di Figaro, and has since appeared there in The Magic Flute (which was broadcast in HD in movie theaters around the world), Die Zauberflöte, War and Peace, Parsifal, Die Ägyptische Helena, and Jenufa. This season, she also made her debut at the Palm Beach Opera as Adalgisa in Norma. Other past opera engagements have included Vitellia in La clemenza di Tito with Opera Boston and Mimi in La bohème at the Utah Opera Festival.
In concert, Harmer has appeared as a soloist at the Schubert Festival with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and sang at Lincoln Center’s Tribute to Renata Tebaldi. In 2005, she made her New York recital debut under the auspices of the Marilyn Horne Foundation, and was recently presented by the George London Foundation in a recital with Ben Heppner at the Morgan Library.
Born in Roseville, California, Harmer graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the Boston Conservatory and attended the Music of Academy of the West. She was also a member of the Merola Opera Program at San Francisco Opera, participated in the Gerdine Young Artist Program at Opera Theater of St. Louis, and was one of nine singers invited to study at the Music Academy in Villecroze, France. Her many awards include the 2007 Jensen Award, theTeatro alla Scala Award at the 2007 Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition, first place at the Palm Beach Opera Competition, the 2005 winner of the George London/Leonie Rysanek Award, and an award from the Marilyn Horne Foundation.