Sharla Nafziger, soprano, has performed almost seventy works in the oratorio and concert repertoire including the major works of Bach, Handel, Mozart, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Poulenc and Orff. She has appeared with symphony orchestras, choral societies and festivals across North America, including recent and upcoming debuts with the orchestras of Houston, New Jersey, Huntsville AL, Colorado, Monterey, Vancouver and Winnipeg.
She made her Kennedy Center debut in May 2008 with the Choral Arts Society of Washington in John Adams’ El Nińo. In 2005 She joined the roster of New York City Opera in the role of Corinna (Il Viaggio a Reims, cover), and returned there for the 2006-07 Season in Carmen (Frasquita), and Die Tote Stadt (Juliette). She made her Carnegie Hall debut with the Oratorio Society of New York in 2002, with whom she has since appeared several times at the Hall.
She made her New York recital debut at Merkin Hall as the 2001 winner of Joy in Singing, and has performed in recital across her native Canada and in Germany. On CD she can be heard on the Naxos label in Lully’s Ballet Music for the Sun King, in a live recording of Scott Wheeler’s opera The Construction of Boston (role of Niki St. Phalle) also on Naxos, and the Telarc label in Die Agytische Helena (Erste Elfe).
Recently released are two recordings of new works by American composers Larry Nelson (on Albany Records) and Boaz Tarsi (on ERM Media). The Moravian Music Foundation also released a solo disc featuring Ms. Nafziger with the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park, called Loveliest Immanuel.