Repertoire

 

Opera

John Adams
The Death of Klinghoffer, Marilyn Klinghoffer *

Bartok
Bluebeard’s Castle, Judith *

Berg
Lulu, Gräfin Geschwitz
Wozzeck, Margret

Berlioz
La Damnation de Faust, Marguerite

Bernstein
Candide, Old Lady
Trouble in Tahiti/ A Quiet Place, Dinah

Cilea
Adriana Lecouvreur, Principessa di Bouillon

Enescu
Oedipe, Jocaste *

Giordano
Andrea Chenier, Contessa di Coigny

Gounod
Faust, Marthe Schwertlein

Händel
Giulio Cesare, Cornelia
Semele, Juno/Ino

Henze
Die Bassariden, Agave *

Hosokawa
Hanjo, Jitsuko Honda
The Raven, Narrator
Matsukaze, Murasame

Ligeti
Le Grand MacabreMescalina

Offenbach
La Grand Duchesse de Gerolstein *
The Tales of HoffmannGiulietta/Niklausse/Muse

Poulenc
Dialogue of the CarmélitesMere Marie *

Puccini
Madama ButterflySuzuki
Suor Angelica, La zia principessa

Schoeck
PenthesileaPenthesilea *

Schreker
Die GezeichnetenMartuccia

Strauss
CapriccioClairon *

Stravinsky
Oedipus RexJocasta *
The Rake’s ProgressBaba the Turk *

Tan Dun
Marco PoloMarco

Verdi
AidaAmneris
OtelloEmilia
Rigoletto, Maddalena

Von Einem
Jesu HochzeitMaria

Wagner
Parsifal, Kundry *
Tannhäuser, Venus (Pariser Fassung)
Tristan und IsoldeBrangäne 

Zemlinsky
Eine Florentinische TragödieBianca

Zimmermann
Die SoldatenCharlotte/Gräfin de la Roche *

Concert

Berlioz
La Mort de Cleopatra *
Les Nuits d’été

Bernstein
Songfest
Jeremiah Symphony

Britten
Phaedra

De Falla
Siete Canciones Populares Españolas
El Amor Brujo *

Dvorak
Stabat Mater
Requiem

Elgar
Dream of Geronitus *
Sea Pictures

Liszt
Christus

Mahler
Symphony Nr 2
Symphony Nr 3 *
Symphony Nr 8 (alto 2, a
lto 1)
Lied von der Erde *
Kindertotenlieder

Alma Mahler-Werfel
Orchestral Lieder *

Ravel
Chanson Madécasses
Shéhérazade *

Respighi
Il Tramonto

Schmidt
Das Buch mit sieben Siegeln

Schoenberg
Gurrelieder (Waldtaub)
Pierrot Lunaire

Stravinsky
Les Noces
Berceuse du Chat

Tippett
A Child of our time *

Wagner
Wesendonck Lieder (Mottl und Henze) *

Weill
Sieben Todsünden

Zemlinsky
Maeterlinck Lieder *

 

* Roles in preparation

This is a piece for a virtuoso, and Gotham delivered one in the person of mezzo-soprano Fredrika Brillembourg. She sailed through the part, paradoxically never making it sound like a tour de force: She let us know that the character’s persistence was a function of desperation, not strength. A special word of praise should be put in for her mastery of “Sprechstimme,” an expressionistic vocal technique that requires the performer to speak on written pitches, halfway between talking and singing. This effect usually comes off either silly or pompous or both; Ms. Brillembourg made it sound natural, the murmuring of a soul numb with shock.
— James Jorden, The New York Observer

© · Fredrika Brillembourg