Coupling a "beautiful," "bright," "warm," "majestic" voice with "exceptional technical command" and "superlative tonal quality and clarity," acclaimed soprano Wendy Bryn Harmer is loved by audiences and critics alike, with "spellbinding" performances showing "enormous range, fortitude and bewitching command."
This season, Harmer reprises her highly praised performances as Freia in Das Rheingold, Ortlinde in Die Walküre and Gutrune in Götterdämmerung in Robert Lepage's landmark new production of Wagner's Ring Cycle at the Metropolitan Opera. She will then play Freia, Gerhilde and Gutrune in Seattle Opera's Ring Cycle summer 2013. This autumn she takes a light-hearted break from Wagner to play Roselinde in Houston Grand Opera's Die Fledermaus.
A graduate of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, Ms. Harmer has been seen well over 100 times on the Met's stage, featured in roles in their productions of Der Ring des Nibelungen, Die Zauberflöte, Le nozze di Figaro, War and Peace, Die Ägyptische Helena and Jenůfa, among others. Her lauded performances elsewhere have included Adalgisa in Norma (Palm Beach Opera), Vitellia in La Clemenza di Tito (Opera Boston), and Mimi in La Bohéme (Utah Opera Festival).
In concert, Ms. Harmer has appeared as a soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Schubert Festival and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. She sang at Lincoln Center's Tribute to Renata Tebaldi, and was presented by the George London Foundation in recital with Ben Heppner. She made her New York recital debut in 2005 under the auspices of The Marilyn Horne Foundation, which has featured her again since, including appearances at Carnegie Hall.
Born in Roseville, California, Ms. Harmer graduated with a Bachelor's degree from The Boston Conservatory and attended the Music of Academy of the West, the Merola Opera Program at San Francisco Opera, the Gerdine Young Artist Program at Opera Theater of St Louis, and The Music Academy in Villecroze, France. Her many past accolades include the George London/Leonie Rysanek Award, a Richard Tucker Career Grant, first prize from the Jensen Foundation, the Teatro alla Scala Award at the Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition, first place at the Palm Beach Opera Competition, and an award from The Marilyn Horne Foundation. Ms. Harmer lives in New York with her husband, son and dogs.