Biographie / biography

Raehann Bryce-Davis has been hailed by the New York Times as a "striking mezzo soprano" that "sang and spoke potently and moved vivaciously." Of her Santuzza at the Merola Opera Program Grand Finale, the San Francisco Chronicle raved of the "electrifying sense of fearlessness" to the singing; that Bryce-Davis "infused her performance with a wealth of emotional and vocal color — now insinuating, now ablaze with righteous fury."
Prize winner of the 2016 International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition and winner of the 2016 Richard F. Gold Career Grant, the 2015 9th International Hilde Zadek Competition at the Musikverein in Vienna, the 2015 Metropolitan Opera National Council Pittsburgh District, and the 2015 Sedat Gürel - Güzin Gürel International Voice Competition in Istanbul, this season has been an explosive one for the young mezzo.
In addition to winning the Zadek competition in Vienna, she also walked away with the Supporters and Sponsors Prize, the Media Jury prize, a master class with Christa Ludwig, and a gala concert at Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe in Germany.

For 2017/18 she joins the Theater an der Wien for an adapted version of the Ring Triology singing Wellgunde. Ms Bryce Davis will also perform at Musikverein Vienna and sing Paul Moravec's Sanctuary Road (world premiere), an oratorio about the Underground Railroad, commissioned by the Society, as well as Ranjbaran We Are One (world premiere) with the Oratorio Society of New York at Carnegie Hall led by preeminent conductor Kent Tritle.

For 2016/17 she joined the ensemble of Opera Vlaanderen in Antwerp/Ghent singing Nezhata in Sadko, Mary in Der fliegende Holländer, Dritte Dame in Die Zauberflöte, Giunone in Agrippina, and Kristina in Die Sache Makropulos.

In 2015-16 she participated in Merola Opera Program, singing Eboli in selections from Verdi's Don Carlo and Santuzza from Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana then was Resident mezzo soprano at Michigan Opera Theatre singing Lady in Waiting in Verdi's Macbeth, Third Lady in Mozart's Magic Flute, and Ma Moss in Copland's The Tender Land. Other opera credits include Lily in Gershwin's Porgy and Bess at Grand Théâtre de Genève, Mama McCourt in The Ballad of Baby Doe at Chautauqua Opera, Albine in Thaïs at Florida Grand Opera, the Owl in the American Premiere of Unsuk Chin’s Alice in Wonderland at Opera Theatre Saint Louis, Zita in Gianni Schicchi at the Aspen Music Festival, the Nurse in Decoration by Mikael Karlsson with American Opera Projects, Countess in Tchaikovsky's Pique Dame with Russian Opera Workshop at the Academy of Vocal Arts, and Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro with Opera on the Avalon. With the Manhattan School of Music Opera Theatre, credits include Begbick in Weill’s Rise and Fall of Mahagonny, Albine in Thaïs, Candelas in El Amor Brujo, and Carmela in La Vida Breve.

Solo concert credits include Elgar's Sea Pictures at Opera Vlaanderen, John Corigliano’s Of Rage and Remembrance at the Aspen Music Festival with Maestro Steven Stucky, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with Maestro Kent Tritle in a world premiere organ transcription at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, Verdi’s Requiem at Marywood University, Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky with Maestro Philippe Entremont, Handel’s Messiah with Maestro Phillip Nuzzo and the Metro Chamber Orchestra, and Durufle’s Requiem with Maestro David Thye. Other works include Bach's Christmas Oratorio, Vivaldi's Gloria, Rossini's Petite Messe Solenelle, Mozart's Regina Coeli, and Britten's Rejoice in the Lamb. Also an ardent proponent of contemporary music, composer Kyle Werner's Psalm 42 was written for her voice and premiered in 2013. Ms. Bryce-Davis also sang the world premiere of Four Songs for Mezzo Soprano and Orchestra by Jacob A. Greenberg.


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