Wanda Brister, Mezzo Soprano
Professor of Voice, Florida State University, formerly of the University of Arizona and Baylor University Performed in forty of the United States and in eleven European countries more than forty operatic roles with opera companies such as Opera Orchestra of New York, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Baltimore Opera, New Orleans Opera, Opera Theater of Saint Louis, New York Opera Ensemble, Annapolis Opera, Pittsburgh Opera Theater, Connecticut Grand Opera, Jefferson Performing Arts Society, Lyric Opera of Waco, Shreveport Opera, Performing Arts Society of Acadiana, and the New England Lyric Operetta; soloist with orchestras in New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Louisiana, Florida, Arizona, West Virginia, and has sung under the batons of such conductors as Krzysztof Penderecki, Michael Tilson Thomas, John Rutter, John Nelson, Philippe Entremont, Arthur Fagen, Chris Nance and Leopold Hager.
She served as an apprentice with the New Orleans Opera before enrolling at the Academy of Vocal Arts , Philadelphia , then worked as an apprentice with the Opera Company of Philadelphia . Studied with such operatic luminaries as Nell Rankin, Beverly Wolf, and Enrico Di Giuseppe, completed a Doctor of Musical Arts at University of Nevada , Las Vegas , under the direction of Vocal Literature scholar, Carol Kimball. Performed at some of the great halls in the United States, including a solo recital on the main stage of Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and the Kennedy Center to name a few. Avid promoter of art song literature, specializing in research on English composer, Madeleine Dring as well as French and Polish vocal literature. Performed hundreds of concerts with the New York Vocal Arts Ensemble, a solo quartet, from 1986 until 1996 in numerous venues, including festivals in Bulgaria , Germany , Poland and a tour of the former Soviet Union as well as a cruise for Cunard Cruise Lines through the North Atlantic . Featured on a recording of Arabesque label with this group ( Strauss Waltzes for Singing) , recorded a CD to be released on Cambria label of French Mélodies (Chausson, Fauré, Debussy, Poulenc, Satie), entitled “ Le premier matin du monde. ”