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  • Gwynne Geyer

    Artist in Residence, Voice
    717-358-4676
    Office: MEY304
    Office Hours: by appointment

    Professional Biography

    American Soprano Gwynne Geyer sings all over the Western world. For example she opened the 2004-2005 season as Madame Lidoine in Poulenc's Les Dialogues des Carmelites at the New York City Opera, followed by Elsa in Lohengrin at the Teatro Real in Madrid, and Mahler's 8th Symphony with the National Orchestra of Mexico in the Palacio de Bellas Artes. Miss Geyer made her La Scala debut under the baton of Riccardo Muti in 2004 as Madame Lidoine in Les Dialogues des Carmelites, which followed Ellen Orford in Peter Grimes in Barcelona, and her role debut in the title role of Ariadne auf Naxos for the Spoleto USA Festival of which the Wall Street Journal reported: "Gwynne Geyer has elegance to spare to play Ariadne ... Spoleto was fortunate in its Ariadne, a role that can be just as tedious as the commedia characters insist.  Gwynne Geyer has a big, gleaming soprano with effortless high notes, and she shaped her long laments with musical elegance."

    In recent seasons Miss Geyer has been heard in a variety of roles on the great stages of the world, among them, Musetta in La Bohème for the Metropolitan Opera, Jenufa at La Fenice in Venice, Rusalka with the Seattle Opera, the title role of Katya Kabanova and Musetta at the Paris Opera Bastille, Madame Lidoine at the Netherlands Opera in Amsterdam, Freia in Das Rheingold in Madrid, Elsa in Lohengrin at the Liceu in Barcelona, and the title role of Jenufa at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples which was reported in London's monthly Opera: "Gwynne Geyer as Jenufa herself added yet another superb characterization to her gallery ... and singing with that disctinctive vocal timbre of hers that conveys (especially at the top) a kind of ecstatically painful sincerity."

    Career highlights for Miss Geyer have included performances at the Metropolitan Opera as Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, the title role of Rusalka, Nedda in I pagliacci, Marguerite in Faust, Eva in Die Meistersinger, and Marenka in The Bartered Bride. She sang the title role in Richard Jones' production of Jenufa at the Netherlands Opera, the title role in the Santa Fe Opera premiere of Countess Mariza, Mila Valkova in Janacek's Osud with the VARA Radio in Amsterdam, and a critically acclaimed portrayal of Galina Vishnevskaja in Marcel Landowski's Galina with Opéra National de Lyon. Gwynne Geyer made her professional operatic debut at the New York City Opera debut as Nedda in Pagliacci. Miss Geyer has appeared in concert and recording (BMG Classics) of Mahler's Symphony No. 8 with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic (VARA) under the baton of Edo de Waart and the Sydney Symphony, and in Britten's War Requiem under the baton of John Nelson.

    Miss Geyer has sung leading roles at the Metopolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera, Opéra National de Paris - Bastille, Arena de Verona, San Francisco Opera, Bayerische Staatsoper - Munich, New Israeli Opera, Seattle Opera, Grand Théâtre du Geneve, Canadian Opera Company, Gran Teatre del Liceu - Barcelona, New York City Opera, Opéra National de Lyon, The Santa Fe Opera, and the Opera Theatre of St. Louis. Miss Geyer has appeared in concert with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Montreal Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, and the Minnesota Orchestra.


    Course Information

     MUS 285 A Voice