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

 

 

W A N D A

 B R I S T E R,

Mezzo-Soprano

 

Upcoming: (2020)

Book:

Madeleine Dring: Lady Composer,

Clemson University Press

(Wanda Brister & Jay Rosenblatt) expected in 9/20

CD:

Madeleine Dring: Songs from the West End and Radio: 30 vocal pieces recorded in May 2016

with Courtney Kenny, Nuala Willis, and Matt Cooksey. 

Recent Presentations:/Master Classes

Instrumental Music of Madeleine Dring: Women's Music Festival at MUW, Columbus Mississippi. March 2020

Master Class:

Mississippi State University

Statesville, Mississippi. March 2020

Recently Published Music of Madeleine Dring: Women Composers Festival of Hartford

Hartford, CT. March 2019

Cabaret Songs of Madeleine Dring: 

Women's Music Festival at MUW 

Columbus Mississippi. March 2019

Cabaret Songs of Madeleine Dring:

Mini lecture recital National Conference (NATS)

Las Vegas, NV 2018

Songs of Madeleine Dring: 

Women's Music Festival at MUW

Columbus Mississippi. March 2018

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.

WINNER: 2019 Solo/Chamber Album of the year: Light Music Society of Britain

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 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.

EDITOR AND COMPILER:

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

Events:

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

 

 

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