Cited as "a musician of distinction among singers" by the Washington Post, soprano Dinah Bryant consistently wins high praise for her international operatic and concert performances, Liederabends and recordings. Miss Bryant has performed more than 50 operatic roles throughout Europe and the Americas. She made her first foray into the music of Richard Wagner as Senta in Der fliegende Holländer at the Opera de Bellas Artes in Mexico City in 1995 and joined the roster of the Metropolitan Opera in 1996 making her house debut as Gerhilde in Die Walküre. In recent seasons Miss Bryant returned to the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires as Sieglinde in Die Walküre under the baton of Charles Dutoit, after having debuted in this role in 2004 at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City’s first ever production of Die Walküre. She opened the 2008-2009 season with performances of Strauss’ Vier letzte Lieder with the Charlemagne Orchestra for Europe. She has previously performed with the OFUNAM Orchestra in Mexico City, the Maryland Symphony, and the Hartford Symphony.
Miss Bryant made her debut as Marie in Wozzeck at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, has performed the title role of Salome in Mexico City, St. Gallen, Liège, Grand Rapids and Knoxville, Gutrune in Götterdämmerung in Santiago, Chile, was Chrysothemis in Elektra at the Virginia Opera, and sang her first Leonore in Fidelio in Durham, North Carolina. Her recent orchestral engagements have included Berlioz’ Les Nuit d’Eté with the National Orchestra of Mexico, Verdi’s Messa da requiem with the Tulsa Philharmonic and the Flint Symphony, Wesendonk Lieder with the National Orchestra of Belgium, and A Sea Symphony of Vaughan-Williams in Paris.
Since 1989 Miss Bryant has sung acclaimed performances as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni in Dortmund, Mexico City, and Kiel, the title role of Ariadne auf Naxos in Mexico City and at the Virginia Opera, Leonora in Il trovatore at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, and Salome and Chrysothemis in Elektra in Mexico City. Highlights of Miss Bryant's early career included engagements as a lyric soprano in Detroit with Antal Dorati, with Lorin Maazel at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, as well as in Paris, New York, Munich, Brussels, Liege, Marseille and Stuttgart.
Miss Bryant has performed extensively as soloist with orchestra in Strauss' Vier letzte Lieder, Beethoven's Missa Solemnis and Ninth Symphony, Mahler Symphonies Nos. 2, 4, & 8, Orff's Carmina Burana, Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem, the Stabat Mater and Requiem of Dvorak, Gorecki's Symphony No. 3, Berlioz' L'Enfance du Christ, Ravel's Shéhérazade, Rossini's Stabat Mater, Handel's Messiah and Exultate, jubilate! and many concert arias of Mozart with the RTL Orchestra, the Netherlands Radio Orchestra, the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, the RAI Orchestra in Turino, l'Orchestre Municipal de Lille, the Liége Philharmonic, the National Orchestra of Mexico, the Brighton Philharmonic, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Belgian Radio Orchestras, and the Maryland Symphony, to name a few.
Miss Bryant's concert appearances as a Lieder recitalist have included recitals on the main stage of Carnegie Hall, in Paris at the Théatre des Grevlins, at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., at the Lobero Theater in Santa Barbara, on the Schubert Club International Artists Series, in Brussels at the Palais des Beaux Arts with Bass-Baritone José Van Dam, at the Théatre de la Monnaie, and the at the Cercle Gaulois, the Festival Lyrique de Beausoleil in Monaco, at the Palais des Papes in Avignon, the Swedish Early Summer Music Festival, and several live recitals over the Netherlands Radio Network.
Her recording of Strauss Lieder with pianist Daniel Blumenthal was the winner of a Golden Disc Award by Bruxelles-Europe Arts Magazine. Miss Bryant again joined Daniel Blumenthal in a highly praised CD of Wolf's Mörike Lieder on Autograph Records, followed by a collection of songs of Joseph Marx on Etcetera Records. Miss Bryant was the voice of the leading lady, Sophie, in the 1989 Academy Award-nominated film, Le Maitre de Musique (The Music Teacher) with José Van Dam, for which she was awarded a Grand Prix du Disque.
Miss Bryant lives in Brussels, Belgium with her husband, pianist Daniel Blumenthal. They are both on the faculty of the Royal Flemish Conservatory of Music.
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