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“Their poise is matched by Richard Stokes’s translation, by Roderick Williams, Joan Rogers and Faith Sherman (a sensational European debut) in the three roles, and by the orchestra and chorus under Edward Gardner...” Andrew Clark, Financial Times
“The American mezzo-soprano Faith Sherman makes a striking debut as the Pilgrim…” Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph
“Faith Sherman's portrayal of the Pilgrim seemed to be the hit of the night. She certainly brought character to the assumption, colourful in her interactions with the others, and affecting at the end, and of all three characters she made the most of Saariaho’s wonderful sleights of hand between arioso and speech at the ends and beginnings of some lines.” Stephen Graham, Musical Criticism
Acclaimed by the New York Times as a “luminous mezzo-soprano,” Faith Sherman has enjoyed successes on both operatic and concert stages and recently participated in Plácido Domingo’s Operalia Competition 2012 in Beijing, China.
Ms. Sherman made “a sensational European debut” (Financial Times) at the English National Opera in Kaijia Saariaho’s L’amour de loin as the Pilgrim to rave reviews from the international press. She returns to the UK this season as Smeton in a new production of Anna Bolena at the Welsh National Opera. She was recently seen as Sister . . . Sophia in The Sound of Music at Carnegie Hall with an all-star cast and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. In concert, she performed Bernstein’s Jeremiah Symphony and Berlioz’s La captive with the Colorado Springs Symphony and also performed the Jeremiah Symphony at the Aspen Music Festival. She will cover the role of Catherine in Honegger’s Jeanne d’arc au bûcher at the Saito Kinen Festival under the guidance of Seiji Ozawa in the summer of 2012.
Recently, Ms. Sherman made her German operatic debut as Concepcion in L’heure espagnole at Oper Frankfurt and premiered the mezzo-soprano lead role in Ricky Ian Gordon’s Rappahannock County at Virginia Opera. In addition, she covered the role of the Composer in Ariadne auf Naxos at Houston Grand Opera. Ms. Sherman sang Verdi’s Messa da requiem with period instruments at the Ludwigsburger Festspiele under Michael Hofstetter and was recently presented in recital for The Arts at St. Matthew’s, a ministry of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Wilton, Connecticut.
Ms. Sherman was seen in Bolcom’s Lucrezia and Musto’s Bastianello at Wolf Trap Opera as part of their concert series, as well as covering Frederica von Stade in Jake Heggie’s Three Decembers at Chicago Opera Theater. At Houston Grand Opera, she was seen in performances as Beatrice in Berlioz’s Beatrice and Benedict, a role she shared with Joyce DiDonato, to great acclaim. In addition, Ms. Sherman covered Hermia in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and sang performances of the Countess Ceprano in Verdi’s Rigoletto and Mrs. Rowlandson in the world premiere of André Previn’s Brief Encounter. As a Studio member, she was featured in scenes as Sesto in La clemenza di Tito, Mercèdes in Carmen, and Sister Helen Prejean in Dead Man Walking. She also was heard as mezzo-soprano soloist in Houston Grand Opera’s The Refuge by Christopher Theofanidis, which was released on recording by Albany Records.
Ms. Sherman has covered Frederica von Stade as Madeleine in Jake Heggie’s Last Acts at Houston Grand Opera. She was also showcased in HGO Studio’s scenes as Charlotte in Werther, Béatrice in Béatrice et Bénédict, and Wellgunde in Das Rheingold. Ms. Sherman sang recitals at Rienzi and the Taste This! series in Houston and was also presented in recital at the San Antonio Museum of Art. In the summer of 2008, she sang Dorabella in Chautauqua Opera’s production of Così fan tutte.
In summer of 2006, Ms. Sherman debuted with the Wolf Trap Opera Company as Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro. She also performed as an improvisational artist in Wolf Trap’s “Instant Opera!” and collaborated with Steven Blier in a Spanish song recital. In 2007, she returned to Wolf Trap Opera Company to sing Second Lady in Die Zauberflöte and Erminella in Volpone by John Musto. The live recording of Volpone was nominated for a Grammy Award in the “Best Opera Recording” category.
While earning her artist diploma at the Juilliard School, Ms. Sherman was heard in Mozart’s Requiem for the 9/11 Memorial Concert at Carnegie Hall, as well as performances in “Songs of Peace and War” and “100 years of Juilliard Composers in Song” with the New York Festival of Song. Her appearances with the Juilliard Opera Center include Clytemnestre in Gluck’s Iphigénie en Aulide, Ramiro in Mozart’s La finta giardiniera, Fay Doyle in the world premiere of Lowell Liebermann's Miss Lonelyhearts, and Hermia in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Other past performances include Brahms’s Alto Rhapsody with the Cincinnati Conservatory Orchestra, Mrs. Allan in Argento’s The Voyage of Edgar Allan Poe, and Mother/Witch in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel. Ms. Sherman was also a member of San Francisco Opera’s prestigious Merola Program where she sang the title role in scenes from Rossini’s La Cenerentola.
Ms. Sherman was the winner of the Houston Grand Opera Eleanor McCollum Competition in 2007 and the New England Regional Metropolitan Opera Auditions. She was also a semi-finalist in the 2007 Metropolitan Opera National Auditions.
(Updated August 2013)