The American mezzo-soprano, Teresa Buchholz, is a graduate of the Yale University Opera Program, Indiana University, and the University of Northern Iowa. She spent several summers as a young artist with the Santa Fe Opera, the Opera Theatre of St. Louis, and the Natchez Opera.
An accomplished artist, known for her colorful, clear voice and thoughtful interpretation, Teresa Buchholz is emerging as a promising mezzo-soprano in the world of singing. Past engagements include Flora in La Traviata and Curra in La Forza del Destino with Connecticut Grand Opera as well as numerous roles with Light Opera Oklahoma including Lucy Brown in The Threepenny Opera, the title role in Gilbert and Sullivanís Iolanthe, Pheobe in Yeoman of the Guard, and most recently her first La Pèrichole in which she gave a ďsolidly comic performanceĒ as the title character. Other roles include Dorabella, Prince Orlofsky, Cenerentola and Mélisande.
Recent performances include the second soprano solos in Mozartís Mass in C Minor with the AmorArtis orchestra in Norwalk, Connecticut, as well as solo recitals at Messiah College in Pennsylvania and St. Bartholomewís Church in New York City. Summer 2008 marked her debut with Summer Opera Theatre in Washington DC as Carmen, where The Washington Times hailed her as ďan outstanding Carmen, singing accurately and expressively while charging her character with a smoldering sexuality.Ē Following that, her performance of Prokofiev arias for the Bard Music Festival was noted in the festivalís overall review in the New York Times. In 2008 she also debuted with Asheville Lyric Opera and The Opera Company of North Carolina as Alisa in a shared production of Lucia di Lammermoor. In April 2008 she returned to The Duke Symphony Orchestra for the role of Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, where her Cherubino in La Nozze di Figaro was greeted with enthusiastic acclaim in 2006, and following that in May 2008 she returned to the Berkshire Bach Society for the role of Orfeo in a semi-staged performance of Gluckís Orfeo ed Euridice.
After a successful solo debut with The Bard Music Festival in 2008, Teresa Buchholz returned to the festival in August 2009 for a performance of Johannes Brahms duets (Op. 20 and 61) and a Rhinemaiden in a concert of Wagner opera excerpts and in 2010 for Hanns Eislerís Tagebuch cantata. 2009-2010 performances included solo performances with The Duke Symphony (Dorabella in Cosí fan tutte), The Berkshire Bach Society (J.S. Bachís Christmas Oratorio (BWV 248)), and The East Texas Symphony (George Frideric Handelís Messiah) and a role with Teatro Grattacielo at Lincoln Centerís Rose Theatre (Serena in Wolf-Ferrariís I Gioielli della Madonna). The past summer (2011) she returned to the Bard Festival once again to perform Swedish songs by Wilhelm Petersen-Berger and Sibelius and she made her Carnegie Hall debut this past May (2011) with Mid-America Productions as mezzo soloist for Maurice Durufléís Requiem. Other performances for the 2010-2011 season included solo engagements with Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra (Messiah), The New York Philharmonic Orchestra (Felix Mendelssohnís Elijah), The Greenwich Choral Society (J.S. Bachís Mass in B Minor (BWV 232)), The Monmouth Civic Chorus (J.S. Bachís Mass in B Minor (BWV 232)), the role of Mrs. Noah in Noyeís Fludde with Great Music at St. Bartís (New York City) and a return to the Amor Artis Orchestra (Norwalk, Connecticut) for Felix Mendelssohnís Elijah.
An experienced oratorio soloist, Teresa Buchholzí most recent appearances have been with the Fordham University Choir for Mozartís Requiem, and with the New Jersey Philomusica as Alto Soloist in Michael Haydnís Requiem and Mozartís Dominican Vespers. She has also been heard recently with the Bard College Symphonic Chorus as Maria in Ottorino Respighiís Laud to the Nativity and at Lincoln Center with the American Symphony Orchestra in Franz Schrekerís opera Der fern Klang and Schumannís oratorio Das Paradies und die Peri. She has been featured in performances of Haydnís Mass in Time of War, Haydnís Lord Nelson Mass, M. Durufléís Requiem, G.F. Handelís Messiah, and Mozartís Requiem. She has appeared frequently with the Berkshire Bach Society, where her appearances have included G.F. Handelís Israel in Egypt, Giovanni Battista Pergolesiís Stabat Mater, and J.S. Bachís Magnificat (BWV 243), Cantata BWV 82 (Ich habe genug). Other notable performances have included Mozartís Mass in C Minor and J. S. Bachís Mass in B minor (BWV 232), both with the Chorus and Orchestra of St. Bartholomewís Episcopal Church of New York City, and G.B. Pergolesiís Stabat Mater with New Yorkís Collegiate Chorale. In making her Lincoln Center debut, Teresa was featured with the American Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Leon Botstein in a one-act opera by New York Collegiate Chorale entitled Das Nusch-Nuschi.
Upcoming solo engagements include L.v. Beethovenís Symphony No. 9 with The Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, Mercedes in Carmen with Roanoke Opera (Virginia), Haydnís Paukenmesse and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bachís Magnificat with the Fairfield County Chorale, Michael Tippettís A Child of our Time with the Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra, Mozartís Requiem with the OK Mozart Festival in Barltesville, Oklahoma, and a return to the Bard Music Festival to perform Chaussonís Chanson perpétuelle with piano quintet.