Korean-born pianist, Heeyoung Choi has served for several seasons with Dallas Opera Outreach, giving many performances of Dr. Miracle (2011) and Jack and the Beanstalk (2012-2013). She has worked as repetiteur at University of North Texas for Lucia di Lammermoor (2011), Il barbiere di Siviglia (2014), Die Walküre (2015) and Turandot (2017). With a wide variety of repertoire from Baroque to contemporary literature, she has appeared in song, instrument and chamber music recitals including faculty recitals at UT Arlington, and has extensive experience as a choral pianist, having performed with the University choir and A Capella choir at UT Arlington, and with Concert Choir and Chamber Choir at UNT. She studied piano and harpsichord with Dr. John Solomons and Dr. Linton Powell at University of Texas at Arlington. She holds an MM in Collaborative Piano from the University of North Texas, where she is currently enrolled in doctoral studies with Dr. Elvia Puccinelli and Dr. Steven Harlos.
December 21, 2021
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Hailed by the New York Times as a "striking mezzo soprano" and by the San Francisco Chronicle for her "electrifying sense of fearlessness," Raehann Bryce-Davis opened the 2019/20 season singing Verdi’s Requiem with conductor Kent Nagano and the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal at the Olympic Stadium. She then returned to Opera Vlaanderen for her role debut as Eboli in Verdi’s Don Carlos and made her LA Opera debut in the World Premiere of Aucoin and Ruhl’s Eurydice, a coproduction with The Metropolitan Opera, and sings Sara in Roberto Devereux opposite Angela Meade and Ramon Vargas.
Further performances included Unknown, I Live With You at the Kurt Weill Festival Dessau; A Nation of Others at Carnegie Hall with the Oratorio Society New York; Nathaniel Dett’s The Ordering of Moses with the Harlem Chamber Players, Mendelssohn's Elijah with St. George’s Choral Society, and a recital series for the Art Song Preservation Society in New York with pianist Mark Markham. Last season she made her role debuts as Leonor in Donizetti’s La Favorite at the Teatro Massimo di Palermo, Marguerite in Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust conducted by Maestro John Nelson with the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Costa Rica, Ms. Alexander in Satyagraha at Opera Vlaanderen, Kristina in The Makropulos Affair at the Janáček Brno Festival, Verdi's Requiem with the Oratorio Society of New York at Carnegie Hall, Martinů’s Julietta with the American Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, and Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra.
Additional opera credits include Wagner’s Die Ring-Trilogie at Theater an der Wien and Heggie’s Three Decembers at Opera Maine. While a member of the Junges Ensemble at Opera Vlaanderen she sang in Rimsky-Korsakov’s Sadko; Janáček’s The Makropulos Affair; and Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer. She was a participant in San Francisco Opera’s prestigious Merola Opera Program and while a resident artist at Michigan Opera Theatre, sang in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Verdi’s Macbeth, and Copland’s The Tender Land. Other roles have included Mama McCourt in Moore’s The Ballad of Baby Doe with Chautauqua Opera, Albine in Massenet’s Thaïs with Florida Grand Opera, Zita in Puccini’s Gianni Schichi with Aspen Music Festival, Owl in Unsuk Chin’s Alice in Wonderland with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and Lily in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess at Grand Théâtre de Genève.
On the concert stage, Raehann sang Elgar’s Sea Pictures at the Musikverein in Vienna; the world premiere of Paul Moravec’s Sanctuary Road in her Carnegie Hall debut with Oratorio Society of New York; and Verdi’s Requiem with the Orquestra Sinfónica Nacional de Costa Rica, conducted by John Nelson.
An ardent proponent of contemporary music, she premiered composer Melissa Dunphy’s Come, My Tan-Faced Children at Lyric Fest, Ayanna Witter-Johnson’s Brown Sounds, Kyle Werner's Psalm 42, and Jacob A. Greenberg’s Four Songs for Mezzo Soprano and Orchestra.
Raehann is a 2018 recipient of the prestigious George London Award; 2017 1st Place and Audience Prize-winner of the Concorso Lirico Internazionale di Portofino competition, chaired by Dominique Meyer; and winner of the 2016 Richard F. Gold Career Grant; 2015 9th International Hilde Zadek Competition at the Musikverein in Vienna; 2015 Metropolitan Opera National Council Pittsburgh District; and 2015 Sedat Gürel - Güzin Gürel International Voice Competition in Istanbul. She holds a Master of Music and Professional Studies from the Manhattan School of Music, and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Texas at Arlington.
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NOTE: The Damin Spritzer organ concert is free, thanks to underwriting by Trinity University, and Elaine and John Ehlers in memory of Madolyn Fallis. Tickets will not be sold nor required for this rescheduled concert.