Reri Grist

U. S. American Soprano

* 1932 New York

Reri Grist started her career already as a child on Broadway. In 1957, she created the role of Consuela in Leonard Bernstein's "West Side Story". Her first triumph as a concert singer was as soprano soloist in Mahler's 4th Symphony under Bernstein. In 1959 she toured with the Santa Fé Opera Company, singing Adele in "Die Fledermaus"(Strauß) and Blonde in "Die Entführung aus dem Serail" (Mozart). In 1960, she joined the ensemble of Cologne Opera, making her debut there as Queen of the Night. In 1961, she sings Zerbinetta (Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos) at the Zurich Opera, and subsequently becomes a member of the Zurich ensemble until 1964. She was a guest to the Royal Opera House Covent Garden (London), La Scala (Milan), Munich, San Francisco and Glyndebourne. Her first spectacular appearance at the Wiener Staatsoper took place in 1963, again as Zerbinetta , and in 1964, she became a member of the ensemble. In 1965, she debuted at the Salzburger Festspiele as Blonde, Zerbinetta and Susanna (Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro); in 1966, she debuted as Rosina (Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia) at the Metropolitan Opera, New York. In 1970 she became a member of the Munich Staatsoper ensemble.

Reri Grist teaches at Berlin where she also lives with her husband, musicologist Ulf Thompson. In 1991, she was a guest to the Nederlandse Opera (Amsterdam). For the summers of 1995 and 1996 Ms. Grist was on the faculty of the Steans Institute at the Ravinia Festival. Until 1997, she also taught at the Munich Convervatory of Music.

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