Renowned for her pure, luminous, rich soprano, persuasive performances and dramatic ability, Arianna Zukerman is considered one of the premiere vocal artists of her generation. An international artist in demand for concert and opera performances, Ms. Zukerman is also an avid chamber musician, and regularly collaborates with some of today’s foremost chamber players. The Washington Post has acclaimed, “Arianna Zukerman possesses a remarkable voice that combines the range, warmth and facility of a Rossini mezzo with shimmering, round high notes and exquisite pianissimos that would make any soprano jealous.”
With a focus on concert repertoire, Ms. Zukerman’s upcoming 2013—2014 engagements take her to the United Kingdom, where she makes her Royal Festival Hall debut in a three-city tour of the UK with the Royal Philharmonic at Reading’s The Hexagon, London’s Royal Festival Hall, and at the Cathedral in Salisbury, her father, Pinchas Zukerman conducting. Summer 2013 begins with a concert performance of Whitbourn’s Annelies: The Choral Setting of the Diary of Anne Frank with the Lincoln Trio, clarinetist Bharat Chandra, The Chicago Children’s Choir, Josephine Lee conducting, at Chicago’s Harris Theatre (presented under the auspices of the US Holocaust Museum’s 20th anniversary year) in early June. Ms. Zukerman also appears at the New Hampshire Music Festival and at Chicago’s International Beethoven Festival in recital with the Festival’s Founder/Artistic Director, George LePauw. With the Gonzaga Symphony in Spokane, Washington, she sings Strauss’s Four Last Songs and Verdi’s E Strano...sempre libera from La Traviata in early October, then travels cross-country to South Carolina for another performance of Annelies with the Carolina Master Chorale. With the National Philharmonic she sings Verdi’s Requiem, and with the American Bach Soloists, Handel’s Messiah at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco and at the Mondavi Center in Davis, California. Also with the American Bach Soloists, Ms. Zukerman appears at San Francisco’s St. Stephen’s Church in a concert entitled “ABS Christmas”, along with renowned baroque trumpeter John Thiessen, that includes Bach’s “Jauchzet Gott” (Cantata, BWV 51). May 2014 brings a re-engagement with Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra.
Highlights of the 2012-2013 season included a three-city, 15-concert engagement with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra; a performance of Jake Heggie’s At the Statue of Venus for Urban Arias at the Strathmore Center for the Arts’s Strathmore Mansion; a concert with the Music of the Baroque under Jane Glover in Chicago singing Mozart’s “Exsultate Jubilate” and “Ch’io mi scordi di te”, with Vladimir Feltsman at the piano; a return to the Colorado Symphony as soloist in Fauré’s Requiem under conductor Jose Luis Gomez; as soloist in the Mutual Inspirations Festival at the National Gallery in DC, and with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in Handel’s Messiah under Jane Glover. January 2013 saw the critically acclaimed release of a new Naxos recording of James Whitbourn’s oratorio, Annelies, the first major choral setting of Anne Frank’s diary (Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl), in which Ms. Zukerman is the featured soloist. The Guardian (UK) praised her performance on the CD¸ stating, “Arianna Zukerman sings with subdued beauty.”
Ms. Zukerman has sung the world premieres of Nizza in Donizetti's Elisabeth, conducted by Will Crutchfield at the Caramoor Music Festival, and of Wilma in Jean-Michel Damase's Ochelata's Wedding at the OK Mozart Festival. She premiered Julian Wachner’s piece, "Come My Dark Eyed One" in Boston in 2009, and at the Kennedy Center in 2011. She also sang the chamber version premiere of James Whitbourn’s oratorio, “Annelies”, in The Hague, Netherlands in 2009.
Ms. Zukerman’s extensive career includes performances with an impressive group of conductors including James Levine, Charles Dutoit, Leonard Slatkin, Lorin Maazel, Ivor Bolton, Constantine Orbelian, Julian Wachner, Jeffrey Thomas, Jane Glover, Lawrence Foster, Rossen Milanov, Marin Alsop, Pinchas Zukerman, Jose Luis Gomez, and Andrew Litton. She has worked with major orchestras worldwide, including the orchestras of Boston, Chicago, Minnesota, Dallas, Colorado, Cincinnati, and Pittsburgh, and the Philadelphia Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic and National Arts Centre Orchestra in North America, and with the English String Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic (UK), the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Gulbenkian Foundation Orchestra and the Moscow Chamber Orchestra abroad, to name a few. Among the opera companies with which she has performed are such esteemed organizations as New York City Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Arizona Opera, The Chattanooga Opera, the Berkshire Opera Company, and the Castleton Festival. An avid chamber musician, she counts among her collaborators such esteemed artists as violinist Daniel Hope; pianists Benjamin Hochman, Ken Noda, Navah Perlman, Joy Schreier, and Brian Zeger; clarinetists Bharat Chandra, Alex Fiterstein , Patrick Messina, and Anthony McGill; flutist Eugenia Zukerman; the Miami String Quartet, and The Lincoln Trio.
Arianna Zukerman was born in New York City into a musical family. Her father is violinist/violist/conductor Pinchas Zukerman, her mother is flutist, writer and arts broadcaster, Eugenia Zukerman, and her sister Natalia Zukerman is an accomplished singer/songwriter. In addition to her busy performing schedule she maintains an active studio at the Catholic University of America, where she is an Adjunct Professor of Voice, and she gives master classes around the United States.
A past recipient of the Sullivan Foundation Award, Ms. Zukerman was a member of the Bavarian State Opera’s Junges Ensemble. She studied theatre at Brown University and received her Bachelor of Music from the Juilliard School. She resides with her family in Greater Washington, DC.
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