American soprano Deanna Breiwick, hailed by critics for her "sweet sound and floating high notes" and for being a "vocal trapeze artist" (NY Times), is enjoying an exciting and diverse career. Ms. Breiwick is a 2011 Metropolitan Opera National Council Grand Finalist, a 2012 Grand Prize Winner of the Sullivan Foundation Vocal Competition, and a First Prize Winner of the Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal Competition. She also holds awards from the George London Foundation, the Giulio Gari Foundation, the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, and the Richard F. Gold Career Grant.
Ms. Breiwick is an ensemble member of the Zürich Opera House where she has sung a variety of roles: Carolina (Il matrimonio segreto), Elisa (Il Re Pastore), Marzelline (Fidelio), Papagena (Die Zauberflöte), and Frauke Beeke Hansen in the world premiere of Das Gespenst von Canterville. Upcoming roles for the 2015/16 season include Madame Silberklang (Der Schauspieldirektor), Adelaide (The Enchanted Pig), a Shepherdess and Amor (king Arthur), and Dorinda (Orlando).
Ms. Breiwick was featured as Mabel (Pirates of Penzance) and Johanna (Sweeney Todd) with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. With the Metropolitan Opera Ms. Breiwick covered the role of Ariel in the premier of The Enchanted Island and was a featured soloist in the company’s Summer Recital Series. With the Juilliard opera she has performed the role of Norina (Don Pasquale), Sophie Scholl in the American premier of Peter Maxwell Davies’ Kommilitonen!, and Thérese in Les mamelles de Tirésias. She sang the role of Clizia in Handel’s Teseo with Chicago Opera Theatre. As a fellow of the Aspen Music Festival, she sang the role of Nannetta (Falstaff), and was the soprano soloist in Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream. Under the direction of David Robertson, Ms. Breiwick made her Zankel Hall debut singing the title role of Mozart’s Zaide. She has been featured as the title role in Handel’s Clori, Tirsi e Fileno with Juilliard 415 and under the baton of Nicholas McGegan, and has performed with conductor William Christie in a performance of Handel’s Saeviat tellus. As a fellow of the Tanglewood Music Center she also sang the role of Najade (Ariadne auf Naxos). Additional roles include Une Bergere with the Met+Juilliard production of Armide, Sr. Constance (Dialogues des Carmélites) with The Mannes Opera, as well as two opera premiers as part of VOX with New York City Opera.
Ms. Breiwick is a native of Seattle, WA and holds degrees from The Juilliard School and Mannes College of Music.