Faith Sherman, Mezzo-soprano
Acclaimed by the New York Times as a “luminous mezzo-soprano,” and praised by Opera News for her “rich mezzo,” Faith Sherman has enjoyed successes on both the operatic and concert stages.
Ms. Sherman recently 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. Last season, she 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 Schlossfestspiele and at the Opéra de Vichy 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 and with The Artist Series of Sarasota in Sarasota, Florida. In the future, she will be seen at Houston Grand Opera, Seattle Opera, and the English National Opera.
Recently, Ms. Sherman enjoyed standing ovations for her performances of La captive, orientale, Op. 12 (The Captive) by Berlioz, and Bernstein's First Symphony, Jeremiah with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic. In addition to appearing in concert with the Aperio Chamber Music Society, she 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. For the 2008 – 2009 season at Houston Grand Opera she was seen in performances as Beatrice in Berlioz’ Beatrice and Benedict, a role she shared with Joyce DiDonato, to great acclaim. In addition, Ms. Sherman covered Hermia in Britten’s A Midsummer Nights 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 recently released on recording by Albany Records.
Ms. Sherman 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, Beatrice in Beatrice et Benedict, 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 the 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 recently 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’ 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, and the 2011 Neue Stimmen International Singing Competition.