Master Class with Reri Grist
Event Start Date: 6/6/2021 10:00 AM
Event End Date: 6/6/2021 12:00 PM
The Opera League of Los Angeles and its African American chapter, African Americans for LA Opera (AALAO), are honored to present a virtual master class with legendary soprano Reri Grist. Miss Grist will discuss her groundbreaking career and lead a master class with two promising young singers.
American coloratura soprano Reri Grist carved a path as one of the first African American singers to enjoy a major international career in opera. Raised in Harlem, she began her professional career on Broadway, including the original productions of Shinbone Alley and West Side Story, where she introduced the standard, “Somewhere".
Her collaboration with Leonard Bernstein led to several noteworthy projects, including the classic recording of Mahler’s Symphony No. 4. Ms. Grist made her debut at Santa Fe Opera in 1959 as Adele in Die Fledermaus, followed by Blonde in Die Entführung aus dem Serail. There, Igor Stravinsky heard Ms. Grist and invited her to perform Le Rossingol, with him conducting. An international career soon took off, and Ms. Grist performed with all of the leading opera houses, including Zurich, Covent Garden, Salzburg, Vienna, Munich, San Francisco and the Met. In an operatic career spanning over 30 years, she sang coloratura roles throughout the world, including Sophie, Zerbinetta, Adina, Gilda, Rosina, Oscar and Manon. She has performed with some of the greatest conductors of the 20th century including Karl Bohm, Herbert Von Karajan, Zubin Mehta, Leopold Stokowski and Pierre Boulez.
Ms. Grist has shared her knowledge and wisdom with young singers around the world, and has held professorships at Indiana University and the University of Music in Munich. She has given master classes at several young artist programs, including Santa Fe, Merola in San Francisco, Lindemann at the Met, Hamburg and the Ravinia Summer Festival.