November 30, 2016
Coffee 10am | Conversation 10:30am
Vancouver Academy of Music
Judith Forst, OC, OBC
"One of the few truly world-class coloratura mezzos on the operatic stage today."
Canadian mezzo-soprano Judith Forst has sung with most major opera companies throughout North America, including over thirty roles in seventeen seasons with the New York Metropolitan Opera.
Ms. Forst’s most recent successes have included highly-acclaimed performances in Strauss’s Arabella and Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel at the Met, Kostelnicka in Janacek’s Jenufa with the Prague National Opera; and Tchaikovsky’s Pique Dame with the Canadian Opera. In the last few years she has performed world premieres of Conrad Susa’s Les Liaisons Dangereuses and Andre Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire with the San Francisco Opera, and The Golden Ass at the Canadian Opera Company. Her recording of Canadian works won the 2001 Juno Award for Best Classical Composition (for Oscar Morawetz for From the Diary of Anne Frank).
In 1991, Ms Forst received an honourary Doctorate of Letters from the University of British Columbia, and in 1995 she received an Honourary Doctorate of Music from the University of Victoria. She is also a recipient of both the Order of Canada (1992) and the Order of British Columbia (2001).