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Freda Herseth

Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Voice


Freda Herseth (mezzo-soprano) has sung critically acclaimed leading roles in opera throughout Germany. She has performed with orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout Europe, Russia, and Israel, including the La Scala Opera Orchestra, conducted by Riccardo Muti, in the world premiere of Richard Wernick’s . . . and a time for peace; the Israel Sinfonietta; the Stuttgart State Theater Orchestra in the world premiere of William Bolcom’s Songs of Innocence and of Experience; the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra; New York New Music Ensemble; the Haifa Symphony Orchestra; and The Folger Consort of Washington, D.C.

Well known for her work in contemporary music, Professor Herseth has premiered many works written especially for her. She has performed at the Vienna Festival, Warsaw Autumn Festival, Festival d’Automne at the Bastille Opera in Paris, Steirischer Herbst in Graz, and with the American Music Theater Festival of Philadelphia. Ms. Herseth has been the recipient of numerous awards, including a stipend from the Richard Wagner Society in Bayreuth.

Herseth has recorded for CRI, Gasparo, South German Radio and Television, Hessen Radio (Frankfurt), Bavarian Radio (Munich), ORF Austrian Radio and Television, RAI Italian Radio, and Northeastern Records. She was recently honored at the Voice Foundation Annual International Symposium in Philadelphia with the award of the Van Lawrence Fellowship for research and excellence in the field of vocal pedagogy.

Herseth studied with Jan DeGaetani at the Eastman School of Music.

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