Measha Brueggergosman – Vocal (Soprano) 1995, 1996
Noted by the San Francisco Chronicle as “a singer of rare gifts and artistic intensity” and by the Miami Herald for possessing “a superb voice capable of just about everything, Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosman has emerged as one of the most magnificent performers and vibrant personalities of the day. She is critically acclaimed by the international press as much for her innate musicianship and voluptuous voice as for a sovereign stage presence far beyond her years.
Recently, for the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma’s 2015 season, she reprised her impressive Madrid performance of Jenny in Graham Vick’s production of Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny under John Axeldrod. Amongst other notable performances, Ms Brueggergosman was honoured with performing the Olympic Hymn before a global audience of 3.2 billion viewers for the Opening Ceremoneies of the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. Recent stage performances include an extraordinary Berlin Philharmonic debut in concert performances of Porgy and Bess under the baton of Music Director, Sir Simon Rattle. She has also performed Strauss’ Vier Letzte Lieder, Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder andAngels in America, under the baton of Pablo Heras-Casado with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Her extraordinary versatility, intuitive musicality and radiant star quality are reflected in the array of recordings, both as a solo artist and in collaboration with internationally recognized artists. Ms Brueggergosman currently resides in rural Nova Scotia with her husband and two children.
There are few finer or more challenging opportunities for young musicians and singers than competing in the New Brunswick Competitive Festival of Music. Surrounded as I was by budding and inspiring talent, it represented that first solid step towards my future as a performer. For all competitors, it is also a recognition that the long hours of practice, family support, memorizing repertoire and endless lessons have come to fruition. That the NBCFM is in its 80th year is a testament to its critical role in nurturing and showcasing talent in the Maritimes.