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|Susan von Reichenbach: Opera and Concert History
Susan von Reichenbach, New York-born soprano of German descent, performs an extensive repertoire that
encompasses the recital, symphonic and opera stages. She has received glowing reviews for her recitals at such
distinguished venues as New York's Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center (occasioning the New York Times to assess her as
"that rarity, a genuine Lieder singer"), at Washington, D.C.'s National Gallery and Phillips Collection, at Pittsburgh's Frick
Museum, Detroit's Art Institute, on Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum's prestigious Concert Series, on New York's
Rockefeller University's Distinguished Artists Series, with the Wagner Society of New York, at Chamber Music at Tannery
Pond, at the Lobero in Santa Barbara, and in concert halls in Vienna, Istanbul and Los Angeles (where the Los Angeles
Times hailed her singing as "beauteous sounds at all levels"). Miss Reichenbach has also sung for Berlin Radio, Radio
France and Radio Zurich.
Miss Reichenbach has been soloist with the orchestras of St. Louis (in a PBS telecast of Beethoven's 9th), Cincinnati, San Francisco (where
"Reichenbach raised the performance to its most expressive significance," San Franciso Examiner), Milwaukee, Detroit, Utah, San Antonio, New
Mexico, New Haven, Hartford, Syracuse, Pacific and Quebec; with the Orchestre Nationale de France and Stockholm Philharmonic; at New York City's
Avery Fisher and Carnegie Halls, in concert halls in Rome, Venice, Dusseldorf and Paris, variously in the repertoire of Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart,
Beethoven, Wagner, Verdi, Berlioz, R. Strauss, Mahler, Rachmaninoff and Britten. She has also performed with the St. Lawrence Quartet, the Berne
String Quartet, with Musica Sacra and Clarion Concerts and at the Chautauqua and Bellingham Festivals.
The opera houses of Seattle, Cincinnati, Colorado, Miami, Pittsburgh, Kansas City, the Hamburg State Opera, the Bellas Artes in Mexico City and the
Savonlinna Festival of Finland have presented Miss Reichenbach in such starring roles as Leonore in Beethoven's Fidelio ("Her performance can only
be called world-class ... warm, flexible and eloquent," New Haven Register), as Wagner's heroines Senta in Der Fliegende Hollander and Elisabeth
and Venus in Tannhauser, Ariadne and Composer in Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos, Amneris in Verdi's Aida, Eglantine in Weber's Euryanthe ("... with
dazzling exactitude of intonation and fascinating temperament," Svenska Dagbladet), Marguerite in Berlioz's Damnation de Faust and Cherubini's
vocally daunting Medee in the original French version (about which Peter G. Davis wrote in New York Magazine, "her gleaming soprano and generous
spirit illuminated the title role -- a wonderful singer"). Miss Reichenbach's CD of Lieder and chansons, with Christian Steiner at the piano, has recently
been released on Sonoris, the label of the chief sound engineer of Carnegie Hall.
Locally, Susan von Reichenbach opened the Music and More series in Chester, Connecticut, with an art song recital and she shone in a cabaret style
evening celebrating The American Songbook at the Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook, Connecticut; both of these programs
were performed with award-winning Maestro Joseph D'Eugenio at the piano. She appeared in a Concert Program entitled Sacred Sounds, a Benefit to
support programs that promote transformation and healing for incarcerated women in a Connecticut Correctional Institution. Poet Laureate and
Robert Frost Award-winning poet, Marilyn Nelson, who read inspiring poetry, joined Susan and Joseph D'Eugenio in a concert of known and lesser
known songs and piano pieces from the spiritual repertory. She was featured as the guest-soloist in songs of Brahms and Bernstein with the Greater
Middletown Chorale in their Spring Concert Program Bernstein, Britten, Brahms, under the baton of Maestro D’Eugenio, and both were invited to
present a standing-room-only recital in the Main Gallery of the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme.
Miss Reichenbach also presents Lecture/Performances on The Cosmic Song, which examines the sacred nature and purpose of Music, tracing its
spiritual origins from ancient scriptures to present day super-string theory, and then performs songs to support the spoken message.
To read press reviews of Susan von Reichenbach's performances, click here.