Raehann Bryce-Davis, who has hailed by the New York Times as a “striking mezzo soprano” and by the San Francisco Chronicle for her “electrifying sense of fearlessness,” will perform in Pacific Palisades.
St. Matthew’s Music Guild will continue its 39th season of concerts in Pacific Palisades on Friday, February 2 at 8 p.m. with a recital by Bryce-Davis. She will be accompanied by pianist Jeanne-Minette Cilliers in a program entitled “In Honor of Women.”
Featured on the program will be Three Browning Songs by Amy Beach, Fi Mi Love Have Lion Heart by Peter Ashbourne, Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder, and songs by Margaret Bonds and Maria Thompson Corley.
The 37-year old Bryce-Davis has most recently been heard in the role of Fricka in the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s production of Wagner’s Das Rheingold. Other recent performances include her Metropolitan Opera debut in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress and in Verdi’s Il Trovatore at the Glimmerglass Festival.
San Francisco Performances wrote “Bryce-Davis has made the opera and concert world sit up and take notice of her abundant energy and magnetic style.”
Born in Mexico, she attended the University of Texas at Arlington, where she received her bachelor’s degree in music, and the Manhattan School of Music, where she received a Master of Music and professional studies certificate.
The mezzo-soprano is a 2018 recipient of the prestigious George London Award at the George London Competition; the 2017 1st Place and Audience Prize-winner of the Concorso Lirico Internazionale di Portofino competition; Winner of the 2016 Richard F. Gold Career Grant at the Merola Opera Program, Winner of the 2015 Hilde Zadek Competition at the Musikverein in Vienna, and the 2015 Sedat Gürel – Güzin Gürel International Voice Competition in Istanbul.
As a producer/performer, Ms. Bryce-Davis has released To the Afflicted, her first music video, which received widespread critical acclaim and was chosen as an official video for World Opera Day.
The concert will take place at St. Matthew’s Church, 1031 Bienveneda Ave., Pacific Palisades. Tickets are $45 or Music Guild Season pass. Passes for all remaining subscription concerts are available for as little as $165. A free pre-concert lecture offered by Music Guild president Tom Neenan begins at 7:10 p.m. prior to each concert. Visit: MusicGuildOnline.org or call (310) 573-7422.