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Take a wonderful journey through the career of this renowned singer and mentor. From traveling the world with Leonard Bernstein to identifying and curating top Operatic talent for the future, Sheri has done it all, in her inimitable style. Enjoy her wonderful stories about her past, her present, and her future dreams!
Long-time friend and self-proclaimed music wannabe David Landis moderated the conversation.
Sheri Greenawald has had a distinguished international operatic singing career as a soprano, noted in particular for her enormous range of roles. She made her San Francisco Opera debut in 1978 (Marzelline in Fidelio), followed by roles including Pamina (The Magic Flute), Cendrillon, Cordelia (Lear) and Manon (Manon). She has sung leading roles with, among others, the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Venice’s La Fenice, Munich’s Bavarian State Opera, Paris’ Châtelet Theater, Welsh National Opera, Seattle Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Netherlands Opera, Santa Fe Opera, LA Opera, Naples’ Teatro San Carlos and Opera Theatre of St. Louis. Greenawald is featured on several recordings, including the role of Birdie in Blitzstein’s Regina. A graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, Greenawald completed the Professional Studies Program at The Juilliard School of Music and has received a Rockefeller Grant, a NEA Grant and the title of Seattle Opera Association’s Artist of the Year in 1998. She has taught privately and was a visiting artist at the University of Charleston, an Artist-in-Residence at the University of Northern Iowa, vocal coach of the Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Program in 1999 and opera director for the program in 2000. She has also given master classes at Opera Theatre of St. Louis. She was a professor of voice and opera at the Boston Conservatory and directed for the Opera Studio. Since May 2002, Greenawald has been the Director of the San Francisco Opera Center and Artistic Director for the Merola Opera Program.
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