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Beverly Hoch (Soprano)

Born: Kansas, USA

The American soprano, Beverly Hoch (rhymes with oak), earned her Bachelor of Music degree from the Oklahoma City University, and her Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the Wichita State University. She had undergraduate studies at the Friends University (graduated 1971). Her major voice teachers were Ann Marie Obressa, Dr. Gorge Gibson, Inez Silberg, and Ellen Faull.

Beverly Hoch launched her career as a winner of the Young Concert Artists international auditions in New York, after appearing in the finals of the Metropolitan Opera Auditions one year earlier. She has won worldwide praise for her range and expressivity. Beyond her lovely, florid soprano voice, and engaging personality, Beverly Hoch is one of the world’s great chamber musicians, having made national tours with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, as well as appearing on several Alice Tully Hall programs with such distinguished colleagues as David Shifrin, Charles Wadsworth and André Watts. She has also has given given hundreds of recitals and master-classes world-wide, sung with the distinguished Bach Aria Group and countless orchestras (over 150). She is especially esteemed for her interpretations of George Frideric Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Creation and Orff’s Carmina Burana which she recorded for Decca with Charles Dutoit and the Montreal Symphony and has sung with Dutoit and the Philadelphia Orchestra, Alessandro Siciliani and the Columbus Symphony, Zdenek Macal and the Houston Symphony Orchestra, as well as with the Colorado Symphony and Florida Orchestra. A frequent soloist of choice of conductor Christopher Seaman, she has sung with him the Johannes Brahms Requiem (Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra), Messiah (Seattle Symphony Orchestra) and Gustav Mahler’s Fourth Symphony (Naples Philharmonic). Other orchestral credits include the J. BrahmsRequiem with Gerhardt Zimmermann and the Canton Symphony; Christmas concerts with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra; and New Year’s Eve concerts with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. She has performed in New York's Carnegie and Avery Fisher Halls and The Metropolitan Museum of Art; London's Royal Albert & Royal Festival Halls and Washington, D.C.'s Kennedy Center among many other venues. A favorite on the festival circuit, she has been warmly welcomed at the Bard, Newport, Ravinia, Wexford, Marlboro, Aldeburgh, Glyndebourne, Kuhmo, Santa Fe, Aspen, Carmel Bach Festival, American and Italian Spoleto Festivals.

Beverly Hoch has sung principal roles with the Washington and Arizona Operas, earning particular acclaim two consecutive seasons as Adele in the Strasbourg Opera’s Die Fledermaus. She has sung over 25 operatic roles including leading ladies Lakmé, Rosina, Gilda, Queen of the Night; Opera de Lyons' Die Entführung as Blondchen and Ariadne auf Naxos as Zerbinetta across northern Germany.

Her recordings include Carmina Burana (Decca/Dutoit/Montreal Symphony), "The Art of the Coloratura" (IMP Classics/ Hong Kong Philharmonic), G.F. Handel's Imeneo (Vox/with Julianne Baird) and Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (Roger Norrington/London Classical Players with Dawn Upshaw). She was the soprano soloist in the first-ever performance of G.F. Handel’s Messiah presented in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, filmed as a documentary and later shown at the Cannes Film Festival.

In 2007, Beverly Hoch was featured at the 50th Anniversary of College Music Society in Salt Lake City, performing The Twilight Stood, a cycle of Emily Dickinson poetry set by composer Leon Kirchner. In November 2008 she was the guest lecturer and master teacher at the University of Missouri, in Columbia, where she also performed Poulenc’s Francis Poulenc. She has been teaching at Texas Woman’s University for 10 years (Voice, Vocal Literature).

“SOPRANO MERITS STARRING ROLE. Hoch showed the considerable versatility of her mesmerizingly silken soprano. Hoch’s luminous voice is so edgeless and well-controlled that she both invigorates and owns whatever she sings.” - The Wichita Eagle
“Beverly Hoch earned a lot of new fans, singing with an agile and well-focused coloratura voice that is particularly impressive in the highest register.” - The Philadelphia Inquirer
“Hoch gave full dramatic flavor to the texts, which she seemed to understand thoroughly (and to pronounce idiomatically). She made each song into a little dramatic performance, with characterization, gesture, emotional expression, and the creation around her solitary self of a full (although invisible) dramatic situation, as though in an opera.” - Los Angeles Reader

Source: Texas Woman’s University Website; Matthew Sprizzo Website (2009-2010)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (April 2010)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Samuel Baron / Yehudi Wyner


BWV 51 [2nd], BWV 80, BWV 94, BWV 101, BWV 156, BWV 211 [1st], BWV 211 [2nd], BWV 212
Selections from
BWV 21, BWV 32, BWV 78, BWV 120a [x2], BWV 127, BWV 140, BWV 145, BWV 211, BWV 234, BWV 248

Links to other Sites

Texas Woman’s University - Department of Music: Ms. Beverly Hoch

Beverly Hoch (Matthew Sprizzo)

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