Mezzo-soprano Barbara Rearick, whom Opera News singles out for her “tonal beauty” and Gramophone Magazine for her “charm and finesse,” has established herself as one of today’s most versatile and fascinating artists. Her career has taken her around the world singing with orchestras including Chicago, Houston, Baltimore, Buffalo, Colorado, Indianapolis, Hallé, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of St. John Smith’s Square in London, the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional in Costa Rica and the Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester in Berlin where she portrayed several roles for the world-premiere performance and recording of Kurt Weill’s The Eternal Road.
Rearick is a founding member of the Britten-Pears Ensemble, a chamber group based in London and specializing in contemporary music. During her career she has performed several premieres including the world premiere performance of Douglas Cuomo’s Arjuna’s Dilemma at BAM; The Blind with American Opera Project for the Lincoln Center Festival; A History of the Thé Dansant — a song cycle written especially for Rearick by the late composer-pianist Sir Richard Rodney Bennett; the United States premiere of Nicholas Maw’s Nocturne with Leon Botstein and the American Symphony Orchestra; and at the 2012 Virginia Arts Festival she gave the world premiere performance of Three Eady Songs by the late Ethan Frederick Greene. She made her Chicago Symphony debut in their “MusicNow” series performing Twice Through the Heart by Mark Anthony Turnage. She has appeared in recital at London’s Wigmore Hall and has sung with the Winter Park and Northwest Bach Festivals and has performed with Voices of Ascension under Dr. Dennis Keene and with Musica Sacra under Richard Westenburg and Kent Tritle.
Rearick sang Messiah with the United States Naval Academy chorus and orchestra at Annapolis and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Augusta Symphony. Last May, she returned to England for a recording and performance of songs by British composer John Mosesson at Potton Hall with pianist Martin Jones.
Rearick has appeared on BBC World Service Radio, WQXR, and NPR and has recorded for Naxos, Gateway Classics and the ASV label. A native of Pennsylvania, she is a graduate of Manhattan School of Music and is on the voice faculty at Princeton University.