American mezzo-soprano Barbara Rearick has been lauded by Opera News for her “tonal beauty” and Gramophone for her “charm and finesse.” Since her 1993 Carnegie Hall debut in Handel’s Messiah, she has performed internationally with such orchestras as the Houston Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. She is also a founding member of the Britten-Pears Ensemble, a chamber group specializing in rarely heard contemporary works. During the 2013-14 season, Barbara Rearick joins the Johnstown (PA) Symphony Orchestra for an opera gala concert, the Eugene Concert Choir for Handel’s Messiah and the Wichita Symphony Orchestra for Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.
Other recent appearances for Barbara Rearick include performances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as a part of their MusicNow series; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Colorado and Syracuse Symphonies; Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with the Canterbury Choral Society; Mozart’s Coronation Mass at the Spoleto Festival USA; Handel’s Messiah with the symphonies of Baltimore, Buffalo, Indianapolis, Memphis, Nashville, and Syracuse; Bach’s Magnificat and St. Matthew Passion with Voices of Ascension; Bach’s St. John Passion and Cantata 112 with the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park; and Mahler’s Rückert Lieder at Princeton University.
A prolific performer and champion of 20th-century music, Ms. Rearick gave the United States premiere of Nicholas Maw’s Nocturne with Leon Botstein and the American Symphony Orchestra at Bard College; collaborated with the New York New Music Ensemble for the world premiere of Mary Wright’s Sunflower; and performed A Winter’s Journey, Douglas Cuomo’s setting of Wilhelm Müller’s text (from Schubert’s Winterreise). Frequent collaborations with the New York Chamber Ensemble include Ravel’s Trois poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé, Ravel’s Chansons madécasses, and Berlioz’s Les nuits d’été.
Barbara Rearick has appeared on BBC World Service Radio, New York City’s WQXR, and National Public Radio and has recorded for Naxos, Gateway Classics, and ASV. Born in Pennsylvania, she is currently a member of the voice faculty at Princeton University.