Makin' It In Opera
Makin' It In Opera
Nov 15, 2021
Makin' It with Raehann Bryce-Davis
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Raehann Bryce-Davis has been hailed by the New York Times as a "striking mezzo soprano" and by the San Francisco Chronicle for her "electrifying sense of fearlessness." 2021/22 includes performances of Der Komponist in Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos at Opera Ballet Vlaanderen, Preziosilla in Verdi's La Forza del Destino at Théâtre du Capitole, Azucena in three productions of Verdi’s Il Trovatore at The Glimmerglass Festival, LA Opera, and Staatstheater Nürnberg, Gods and Mortals, at The Glimmerglass Festival, singing selections of Wagner’s Lohengrin as Ortrud and Die Walküre as Fricka, as well as her company debuts at La Monnaie de Munt as La Zia Principessa in Puccini's Suor Angelica, Konzert und Theater St Gallen as Joan of Arc in Tchaikovsky's Maid of Orleans, and her company debut at Teatro alla Scala as Ulrica in Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera. Last season featured highlights like her role debut as Eboli in Verdi’s Don Carlos at Opera Ballet Vlaanderen, her LA Opera debut in the World Premiere of Aucoin and Ruhl’s Eurydice, a coproduction with The Metropolitan Opera, and her role debut as Sara in Roberto Devereux opposite Angela Meade and Ramon Vargas.

As a producer/performer Bryce-Davis has released "To the Afflicted," her first music video, which received much critical acclaim and was chosen as an official video for World Opera Day. Her second digital short, “Brown Sounds,” was co-produced with LA Opera and Aural Compass Projects, and won Best Music Video at film festivals around the globe including the New York International Film Awards, New York Cinematography Awards, Hollywood Boulevard Film Awards, the Anatolian Short Film Festival, and the Silk Road Film Awards - Cannes.

Bryce-Davis is a 2018 recipient of the prestigious George London Award at the George London Competition, the 2017 1st Place and Audience Prize-winner of the Concorso Lirico Internazionale di Portofino competition; chaired by Dominique Meyer, Winner of the 2016 Richard F. Gold Career Grant at the Merola Opera Program, Winner of the 2015 Hilde Zadek Competition at the Musikverein in Vienna, and the 2015 Sedat Gürel - Güzin Gürel International Voice Competition in Istanbul. She holds a Master of Music and Professional Studies certificate from the Manhattan School of Music and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Raehann Bryce-Davis is a co-founder of the Black Opera Alliance and is an advocate for social justice in opera.

Visit her website: http://www.raehann.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/raehannbrycedavis/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/raehannbd

Video of To The Afflicted: https://youtu.be/QAPtCED5nlw

Video of Brown Sounds: https://youtu.be/22OR3ygygqg

Learn more about the Black Opera Alliance: https://www.blackoperaalliance.org

Donate to Support the Black Opera Alliance: https://blackoperaalliance.app.neoncrm.com/np/clients/blackoperaalliance/donation.jsp

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Music credit: Our Block Party by Reaktor Productions

This show was a production of Sounds Like Cool Studios, LLC.

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