B R I S T E R,




Upcoming: (2020)

Madeleine Dring: Lady Composer,

Clemson University Press

(with Jay Rosenblatt)

Upcoming: (2019)

Madeleine Dring: More Cabaret and Theatre Songs: 30 vocal pieces recorded in May 2016

with Courtney Kenny, Nuala Willis, and Matt Cooksey. 

Release of CD: December 2018

Cabaret Songs of Madeleine Dring (CD1251) 

Cambria Music

17 Previously unrecorded songs with cabaret artist and pianist, Courtney Kenny, and Nuala Willis. Recorded in England May 2015.

Reviewed by Gregory Berg in the

Journal of Singing: (May 2019)

The voice itself is rich and opulent and she does not sound like she is scaling back its warmth or fullness... she is able to navigate these songs with a saucy, earthy ease and naturalness that make them come alive... Someone listening to this recording might very well be reminded of Eileen Farrell's groundbreaking album... Brister seems to approach these songs with a similar sense of fun tempered by the care one takes when singing something very special. There is love here.


Reviewed by Daniel Adams in Light Music Society Magazine (October 2019)  

Brister’s voice is a pleasing mezzo soprano with barely a hint of her American accent in this highly anglicised set of song lyrics. Courtney Kenny himself  is a voice in very fine fettle indeed! Willis only appears in Model Models, but her humorous delivery of the witty text is a joy. 

Recent Presentations:

March 29, 2019: Lecture: on Cabaret Songs

of Madeleine Dring

Women Composers Festival of Hartford

Trinity College

Hartford, CT  

March 8, 2019: Lecture on Newly Published

Songs of Madeleine Dring

Music by Women Conference  3

Mississippi University for Women

Columbus, MS 

June 26, 2018: Mini Lecture Recital

Cabaret Songs of Madeleine Dring

NATS National Conference, Las Vegas, NV

March 3, 2018: Lecture on

Songs of Madeleine Dring

Music by Women Conference  2

Mississippi University for Women

Columbus, MS

Recent Publications:

Article in Light Music Society Magazine, October 2019 entitled "Finding Madeleine."

Biography in International Alliance of Women in Music Journal, Fall 2019


Program Notes on Cupboard Love for Byre Opera of St Andrews University June 2019.


Previously Unpublished Vocal Works by

Madeleine Dring: 

Volume 1: CVR: 5111 

Art Songs and Arrangements, (c) 2018


Volume 2: CVR: 5139 

Cabaret Songs, (c) 2018

Volume 3: CVR: 5142 

More Art Songs, (c) 2018

Volume 4: CVR: 5148 

More Cabaret Songs, (c) 2018

 Volume 5: CVR: 5153

Still More Art Songs, Arrangements, and Love Songs, 

(c) 2018

Volume 6: CVR: 5154

Still More Cabaret, (c) 2018


Volume 7: CVR: 5155

Cabaret Duets, (c) 2018

Volume 8: CVR: 5156

Ensembles for More than Three Voices, (c) 2018

Volume 9: CVR: 5157

Songs from West End Revues, (c) 2018

Reviewed by Kathleen Roland-Silverstein in the Journal of Singing,  November 2018

We are fortunate indeed to have artist-scholars who turn their passion for art song performance into outstanding research... Dr. Wanda Brister has been a champion of the songs of British composer Madeleine Dring... (Her) contribution to the scholarship concerning MD is impressive...

Madeleine Dring: 

Cupboard Love, a one-act opera

CVR 5103, (c) 2017


May 15, 2016: Fauré: Pie Jesu at Church of

    St Nicholas and the Annunciation, Etchingham,

    East Sussex

Jan. 9, 2016: Judged Madame Rose Palmai Tenser  

     Competition for Mobile Opera

Dec. 24, 2015: First Presbyterian Church,

      Stamford, CT

Oct. 11, 2015: Church of St Nicholas and the

     Annunciation, Etchingham, East Sussex

July 5-19, 2015:  Lessons at Orfeo Music

     Festival, Vipiteno, Italy

Feb. 2, 3, 2015:  Masterclasses at  University                      of Southern Mississippi,  (Hattiesburg)

Nov. 22, 2014: Masterclass at FSU with                              Jeanne-Michèle Charbonnet




Took the breath away from every listener.

                 Los Alamos Monitor


Provided true frissons.

             Baton Rouge Advocate


She is a fine, fine singer.

       Seattle Post Intelligencer



30 vocal pieces recorded in May 2016

with Kenny, Willis and Matt Cooksey. (in press)


Double CD Released in November 2013!
The Songs of Madeleine Dring 

Wanda Brister, Mezzo-soprano, 

Stanford Olsen, Tenor, and

Timothy Hoekman, Piano.


Reviewed by Gregory Berg in the NATS Journal of Singing:


Wanda Brister, billed as a mezzo soprano, possesses a voice of shimmering beauty that blooms easily in its upper reaches while also descending with potent warmth. The clarity and natural ease of her vocalism also allows her to communicate these widely varied texts expressively and authentically. One can hardly imagine these songs more lovingly or skillfully sung.


Mark Records: Vocalise with

Wanda Brister, Mezzo-soprano,

Scott Pool, Bassoon, and

Natsuki Fukasawa, Piano.


Ryan Romine from The Double Reed says:

Wanda Brister gives us a heartfelt performance (of  the Chabrier), Brister and Pool give us a fantastic première performance of this well-written work (Three Edgar Alan Poe Songs - bravo McLarry) with Brister giving us a particularly masterful performance...

© 2019 by Wanda Brister

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