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Teresa Buchholz (Mezzo-soprano)

Born: USA

The American mezzo-soprano, Teresa Buchholz, obtained her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Northern Iowa; her Master of Music degree in Voice from Indiana University; and her Artist Diploma in Vocal Performance from the Yale University Opera Program. She has participated in master-classes with such renowned artists as Elly Ameling and Sherrill Milnes. She spent several summers as a young artist with the Santa Fe Opera, the Opera Theatre of St. Louis, and the Natchez Opera, where she was awarded the Outstanding Performer Award for the season.

An accomplished artist, known for her colorful, clear voice and thoughtful interpretation in both oratorio and opera, Teresa Buchholz is emerging as a promising mezzo-soprano in the world of singing. Performances for the 2013-2014 season have included the title role in Giulio Cesare in Egitto with Opera Roanoke, Felix Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra, Schubert’s Mass No. 6 in E Flat with the The New Jersey Choral Society, the role of Mathurine in Little Opera Theatre of New York's run of Gluck's one-act opera The Reformed Drunkard, the roles of Martha and Pantalis in a concert performance of Arrigo Boito's Mefistofele with The Collegiate Chorale at Carnegie Hall, Elliot Carter's Voyage with the American Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, W.A. Mozart's Requiem with the Helena Symphony (MT), L.v. Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the Stamford Symphony (Connecticut), appearances on opera galas with Opera at Florham and Kyrenia Opera, Gustav Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde with The Gateway Chamber Orchestra (Tennesse), George Frideric Handel's Messiah at Lincoln Center with Distinguished Concerts International New York, and a return to the Helena Symphony for Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach's Magnificat. In April 2013 she was the winner of the female division in the Nico Castel International Master Singer Competition at Carnegie Hall. Upcoming engagements include several appearances at the Bard Music Festival (Schubert and His World) including Johannes Brahms' Alto Rhapsody and a selection of art songs, a return to the Stamford Symphony for W.A. Mozart's Requiem, J. Brahms' Liebeslieder Walzer and Neue Liebeslieder Walzer at Vassar College and Bard College, and a performance of Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living at Carnegie Hall with Mid-America Productions.

Other recent performances include the role of Mercedes in Carmen with Roanoke Opera, and soloist performances in L.v. Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas. C.P.E. Bach’s Magnificat and Haydn’s Paukenmesse with The Fairfield County Chorale, Michael Tippett’s A Child of our Time with the Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra, W.A. Mozart’s Requiem with Manhattan Concert Productions at Alice Tully Hall in New York City and the OK Mozart Festival in Barltesville, OK, and return to the Bard Music Festival to perform Chausson’s Chanson perpétuelle with piano quintet, which the New York Times hailed as “beautifully sung by mezzo soprano Teresa Buchholz”. She also performed the mezzo solos in Bloch’s Sacred Service in a series of concerts in the summer of 2012 with The Collegiate Chorale and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra with Zubin Mehta conducting in Tel Aviv, Israel and Salzburg, Vienna. The previous year she made her Carnegie Hall debut with Mid-America Productions as mezzo soloist for Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem. Other performances for the 2010-2011 season included solo engagements with Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra (Messiah), The New York Philharmonic Orchestra (F. Mendelssohn’s Elijah), The Greenwich Choral Society (J.S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor BWV 232), The Monmouth Civic Chorus (J.S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor BWV 232) and a return to The Fairfield County Chorale (Norwalk, Connecticut) for F. Mendelssohn’s Elijah.

After a successful solo debut with The Bard Music Festival in 2008, Teresa Buchholz returned to the festival in August 2009 for a performance of Hanns Eisler’s Tagebuch cantata. Other performances for the 2009-2010 season included solo engagements with The Duke Symphony (Dorabella in W.A. Mozart's Cosí fan tutte), The Berkshire Bach Society (J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio BWV 248), and The East Texas Symphony (G.F. Handel’s Messiah) and a role with Teatro Grattacielo at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theatre (Serena in Wolf-Ferrari’s I Gioielli della Madonna).

Other appearances include a performance of J. Brahms duets (Op. 20 and 61) and a Rhinemaiden in a concert of Wagner opera excerpts with the Bard Music Festival, the second soprano solos in W.A. Mozart’s Mass in C Minor with the AmorArtis orchestra in Norwalk, Connecticut, as well as solo recitals at Messiah College in Pennsylvania and St. Bartholomew’s Church in New York City. Summer 2008 marked her debut with Summer Opera Theatre in Washington DC as Carmen, where The Washington Times hailed her as “an outstanding Carmen, singing accurately and expressively while charging her character with a smoldering sexuality.” Following that, her performance of Prokofiev arias for the Bard Music Festival was noted in the festival’s overall review in the New York Times. In 2008 she also debuted with Asheville Lyric Opera and The Opera Company of North Carolina as Alisa in a shared production of Lucia di Lammermoor. In April 2008 she returned to The Duke Symphony Orchestra for the role of Hansel in Engelbert Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel, where her Cherubino in W.A. Mozart's La Nozze di Figaro was greeted with enthusiastic acclaim in 2006, and following that in May 2008 she returned to the Berkshire Bach Society for the role of Orfeo in a semi-staged performance of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice.

As an experienced oratorio soloist, Teresa Buchholz has had past appearances with the Fordham University Choir for W.A. Mozart’s Requiem, and with the New Jersey Philomusica as Alto Soloist in Michael Haydn’s Requiem and W.A. Mozart’s Dominican Vespers. She has also been heard with the Bard College Symphonic Chorus as Maria in Ottorino Respighi’s Laud to the Nativity and at Lincoln Center with the American Symphony Orchestra in Franz Schreker’s opera Der ferne Klang and Robert Schumann’s oratorio Das Paradies und die Peri. She has appeared frequently with the Berkshire Bach Society, where her appearances have included G.F. Handel’s Israel in Egypt, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, and J.S. Bach’s Magnificat (BWV 243), Cantata BWV 82 (Ich habe genug). Other notable performances have included W.A. Mozart’s C minor Mass and J.S. Bach’s Mass in B minor (BWV 232), both with the Chorus and Orchestra of St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church of New York City, and G.B. Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with The Collegiate Chorale. In making her Lincoln Center debut, Teresa was featured with the American Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Leon Botstein in a one-act opera by Paul Hindemith entitled Das Nusch-Nuschi.

“Buchholz was the concert’s big discovery. All evening, she sang with a feathery-soft voice that was gauzy in its middle register and luminous at the top – she often ended phrases with a glistening little vocal quiver that was truly a delight to hear. She brought an affecting sincerity to such solos as “The Lonely One in Autumn” and “Of Beauty.” In “The Farewell,” she all but stopped time, singing with heart-rending lyricism and ending with the most delicately soft (yet audible) sound imaginable.” - - ArtsNash review for Gustav Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde (May 2013)
"...and Ernest Chausson’s splendid “Chanson Perpétuelle,” sung gorgeously by the mezzo-soprano Teresa Buchholz." - Steve Smith, The New York Times

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Source: Teresa Buchholz Website; Bits & pieces from other sources; Photos 148, 201- 206: Josh South Photography
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Aryeh Oron (May 2012, May 2015)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




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BWV 235

Jan Harrington


BWV 34 [3rd]

Links to other Sites

Teresa Buchholz - Mezzo-soprano (Official Website)

Teresa Buchholz (Bard College - Faculty)

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