Celebrated Mezzo-Soprano Frederica von Stade Inspires Conservatory Singers During Residency

November 03, 2017

This week, Boston Conservatory at Berklee voice students received expert advice and worked closely with world-renowned mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade, Boston Conservatory at Berklee’s 2017 Kunkemueller Artist in Residence.

During her October 30–November 1 residency, von Stade (known as "Flicka") led master classes on a range of operatic repertoire, worked with the cast of Jake Heggie's opera Dead Man Walking, and participated in a panel discussion with Conservatory faculty on creating new music and the close relationship between singers and composers.  

Von Stade, who sang mezzo-soprano roles ranging from Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro to a variety of contemporary American opera roles—including Mrs. DeRocher in Dead Man Walking—also led coaching sessions focused on the mezzo-soprano repertoire.

Boston Conservatory at Berklee will present Dead Man Walking November 16 through 19 at the Boston Conservatory Theater. 

Frederica von Stade

A champion of American art song, von Stade worked one-on-one with Conservatory singers on art songs by living American composers.