Risa Renae Harman
American soprano Risa Renae Harman has been widely acclaimed for her technical virtuosity and communication skills as an artist. As noted by The New York Times, “ . . . she is that rare creature among singers, a really good recitalist.” Favorite operatic performances include the Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte, Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos, Adele in Die Fledermaus, Violetta in La Traviata, the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor, as well as creating the role of Louise in the world premiere of William Schuman’s A Question of Taste for Glimmerglass Opera. This season she sang Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail as a guest artist with Stony Brook Opera as well as concerts with Bravo Alliance.
Recent engagements include soloist in Bach’s Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, BWV 51 with The Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra; the New York premiere of The Wooden Sword, a chamber opera by Sheila Silver, at Symphony Space; a solo recital at the Brooklyn Library; guest artist with the Greenwich Chamber Players; and a return engagement as Artist-in-Residence with the Bay View Music Festival.
Other engagements for the soprano include Samuel Barber’s The Prayers of Kierkegaard at the Kennedy Center with The Washington Chorus (The Washington Post stated, “Risa Renae Harman sang the solo part in a warm and sweetly lyrical soprano.”); Dorine in Kirke Mechem’s Tartuffe with Lake George Opera (The Post-Star: “Her exquisite voice and spunky acting shone in each and every scene…”); an orchestra reading of La Traviata as Violetta at Good Shepherd-Faith Presbyterian Church (NYC); Giulietta in Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi; and Mum in the East Coast Premiere of Mark Anthony Turnage’s Greek with Stony Brook Opera. In appreciation of Miss Harman's artistry, a local music-lover has endowed the position of The Karen Schuiling Endowed Chair, currently held by Miss Harman, at the Bay View Music Festival.
She has appeared with New York City Opera, Fargo-Moorhead Opera, Lake George Opera, Lyric Opera Cleveland, and Glimmerglass Opera and as soloist at the National Cathedral, Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Weill Hall and the Kennedy Center. Miss Harman’s international credits include recitals in Sweden as the winner of the American Jenny Lind Competition and the Italian Festivals Da Bach a Bartok and Musica nei Chiostri. Miss Harman is the recipient of numerous awards and grants.
She received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University as a student of Ms. Elaine Bonazzi and was awarded the Ackerman prize for outstanding performance graduate. She currently is Artist-in-Residence with the Bay View Music Festival, Michigan and resides in Astoria, New York, with her husband, Nick.
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