Reri Grist

Biography

Reri Grist had a notable operatic career as one of the most sparkling, delightful, and lovable sopranos on stage, particularly in soubrette parts. As a concert artist she had an unusually wide repertory. Her voice was routinely described as "silvery" and was very flexible and accurate.

She was an entertainer as a child, singing and dancing in Broadway musicals. She received solid voice training from Claire Gelda while she was still
Read more continuing her theater work. She sang in Carmen Jones (Oscar Hammerstein's adaptation of Bizet's Carmen set in an African-American cultural milieu), and created the role of Consuela in the original production of Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim's classic, West Side Story.

Bernstein engaged her to sing the soprano part in the final movement of Mahler's Fourth Symphony in his Columbia recording, one of the classic early stereo recordings of the work, and she sang it on a national CBS broadcast in the "Who was Gustav Mahler?" program of Bernstein's Young People's Concerts series, a program that was the introduction to this great composer for millions.

Her opera debut was with the Santa Fé Opera in 1959. She sang Adele in Die Fledermaus and Blonde in Die Entführung as dem Serail on tour with Santa Fé Opera, and was soon invited to join the roster of the Cologne Opera. In 1960, she made her European debut there as the Queen of the Night in Mozart's The Magic Flute.

In 1961 she also received a contract from the Zürich Opera, appearing for the first time as Zerbinetta in Richard Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos, a role seemingly tailor-made for her kind of vocal sparkle and flirtatious stage presence. She remained in the Zürich Opera company from 1961 to 1964.

She debuted at Covent Garden in Rimsky-Korsakov's The Golden Cockerel, chose Zerbinetta for a hit debut at the Vienna State Opera in 1963, becoming a member of the august company in 1964.

She was one of the hits of the Salzburg Festival of 1965 when she sang two of the leading Mozart soubrette roles (Blonde and Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro) and, once again, Zerbinetta.

Her 1966 debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York was as Rosina (in its soprano version) in Rossini's Barber of Seville.

Notable additional opera roles have been Despina in Così fan tutte (1972 at the Salzburg Festival) and Adina in L'elisir d'amore (1973 in the Vienna Festival), Oscar in Un ballo in maschera, Gilda in Rigoletto, Zerlina in Don Giovanni (which she recorded under Karl Böhm), and Iphis in Handel's Jephtha. In 1970, she became a member of the Munich State Opera. As a concert singer she sang repertory from the Baroque to Alban Berg and Anton Webern.

She is married to the noted musicologist Ulf Thompson and makes her home with him in Berlin, where she teaches. She has also taught at the Steans Institute at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago, and until 1997 at the Munich Conservatory of Music. Read less

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Biography

Reri Grist had a notable operatic career as one of the most sparkling, delightful, and lovable sopranos on stage, particularly in soubrette parts. As a concert artist she had an unusually wide repertory. Her voice was routinely described as "silvery" and was very flexible and accurate.

She was an entertainer as a child, singing and dancing in Broadway musicals. She received solid voice training from Claire Gelda while she was still
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WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
West Side Story - Original Broadway Cast: Act I: Prologue
Jet Song
Something's Coming
The Dance at the Gym
Maria
Tonight
America
Cool
One Hand, One Heart
Tonight (Quintet and Chorus)
The Rumble
Act II: I Feel Pretty
Somewhere (Ballet)
Gee, Officer Krupke
A Boy Like That / I Have A Love
Finale
Rigoletto [Act I]: Prelude (orchestra)
Rigoletto [Act I]: Act I Scene 1 - Della mia bella incognita borghese (Duke, Borsa)
Rigoletto [Act I]: Questa o quella (Duke)
Rigoletto [Act I]: Partite? crudele! (Duke, Countess Ceprano, Ceprano, Rigoletto, Borsa, Courtiers)
Rigoletto [Act I]: Gran nuova! (Marullo, Borsa, Courtiers, Duke, Ceprano, Rigloetto)
Rigoletto [Act I]: Ch'io gli parli (Monterone, Duke, Borsa, Rigoletto, Marullo, Ceprano, Courtiers)
Rigoletto [Act I]: Scene 2 - Quel vecchio maledivami! (Rigloetto, Sparafucile)
Rigoletto [Act I]: Pari siamo! (Rigoletto)
Rigoletto [Act I]: Figlia! Mio padre! (Rigoletto, Gilda, Giovanna)
Rigoletto [Act I]: Ah! veglia, o donna, questo fiore (Rigoletto, Gilda, Giovanna, Duke)
Rigoletto [Act I]: Giovanna, ho dei rimorsi (Gilda, Giovanna, Duke)
Rigoletto [Act I]: E il so dell'anima (Duke, Gilda)
Rigoletto [Act I]: Che m'ami, deh! ripetimi! (Duke, Gilda, Ceprano, Borsa, Giovanna)
Rigoletto [Act I] (1988 Digital Remaster): Gualtier Maldè... Caro nome (Gilda, Borsa, Ceprano, Courtiers, Marullo)
Rigoletto [Act I]: Riedo! perché? (Rigoletto, Borsa, Ceprano, Courtiers, Marullo)
Rigoletto [Act I] (1988 Digital Remaster): Zitti, zitti, (Courtiers, Gilda, Rigoletto)
Rigoletto [Acts II & III]: Povero giovin! grazioso tanto (Maddalena, Duke, Sparafucile)
Rigoletto [Acts II & III]: Ah, più non ragiono! (Gilda, Maddalena, Sparafucile)
Rigoletto [Acts II & III]: Della vendetta alfin giunge l'istante! (Rigoletto, Sparafucile)
Rigoletto [Acts II & III]: Egli è là! morto! (Rigoletto, Duke)
Rigoletto [Acts II & III]: Chi è mai, chi è qui in sua vece? (Rigoletto, Gilda)
Rigoletto [Acts II & III]: V'ho ingannato....Lassù in cielo (Gilda, Rigoletto)
Movement I. Bedächtig. Nicht eilen
Tempo I
Wieder wie zu Anfang. Sehr gemächlich, behaglich
Wieder plötzlich langsam und bedächtig
Movement II. In gemächlicher Bewegung. Ohne Hast
Nicht eilen
Ruhevoll
Viel langsamer
Anmutig bewegt
Andante
Vorwärts. Poco più mosso
Movement IV. Sehr behaglich
Wieder lebhaft
Tempo I. Sehr zart und geheimnisvoll bis zum Schluss
Prologue
Jet Song
Something's Coming
The Dance at the Gym
Maria
Tonight
America
Cool
One Hand, One Heart
Tonight (Quintet and Chorus)
The Rumble
I Feel Pretty
Somewhere (Ballet)
Gee, Officer Krupke
A Boy Like That / I Have a Love
Finale
Un ballo in maschera, Act I: Preludio (Orchestra)
Un ballo in maschera, Act I, Scene 1: Posa in pace, a'bei sogni restora (Coro/Samuel/Tom)
Un ballo in maschera, Act I, Scene 1: S'avanza il Conte (Oscar/Riccardo)
Un ballo in maschera, Act I, Scene 1: La rivedrà nell'estasi (Riccardo/Oscar/Coro/Samuel/Tom)
Un ballo in maschera, Act I, Scene 1: Il cenno mio di là con essi attendi (Riccardo/Oscar/Renato)
Un ballo in maschera, Act I, Scene 1: Alla vita che t'arride (Renato)
Un ballo in maschera, Act I, Scene 1: Il primo giudice (Oscar/Riccardo/Giudice)
Un ballo in maschera (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO PRIMO/ACT 1/ERSTER AKT/PREMIER ACTE, Scena prima/Scene 1/Erste Szene/Première Scène: Volta la terrea (Oscar/Riccardo/Giudice/Renato/Samuel/Tom/Coro)
Un ballo in maschera (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO PRIMO/ACT 1/ERSTER AKT/PREMIER ACTE, Scena prima/Scene 1/Erste Szene/Première Scène: Ogni cura si doni al diletto (Riccardo/Renato/Oscar/Samuel/Tom/Coro)
Un ballo in maschera, Act I, Scene 2: Zitti...l'incanto non dèssi turbare...Re dell'abisso, affrettati (Coro/Ulrica)
Un ballo in maschera, Act I, Scene 2: Arrivo il primo!...E lui, è lui ne'palpitti (Riccardo/Coro/Ulrica)
Un ballo in maschera, Act I, Scene 2: Su, faterni largo, saper vo' il mio fato (Silvano/Ulrica/Riccardo)
Un ballo in maschera, Act I, Scene 2: Rallegrati ornai (Ulrica/Silvano/Riccardo/Coro/Servo)
Un ballo in maschera, Act I, Scene 2: Che v'agita così! (Ulrica/Amelia/Riccardo)
Un ballo in maschera, Act I, Scene 2: Della città all'occaso (Ulrica/Amelia/Riccardo)
Un ballo in maschera, Act I, Scene 2: Consentimi, O Signore (Ulrica/Amelia/Riccardo)
Un ballo in maschera, Act I, Scene 2: Figlia d'averno, sciudi la chiestra (Coro/Ulrica/Amelia/Riccardo)
Un ballo in maschera, Act I, Scene 2: Su, profetessa, monta il treppiè (Coro/Oscar/Riccardo)
Un ballo in maschera, Act I, Scene 2: Di' tu se fedele (Riccardo/Coro)
Un ballo in maschera, Act I, Scene 2: Chi voi siate, l'audace parola (Ulrica/Riccardo/Samuel/Oscar/Coro)
Un ballo in maschera, Act I, Scene 2: E scherzo od è follia (Riccardo/Ulrica/Samuel/Tom/Oscar/Coro)
Un ballo in maschera, Act I, Scene 2: Finisi il vatcinio (Riccardo/Ulrica/Samuel/Tom/Renato/Coro/Silvano)
Un ballo in maschera, Act II: Preludio (Orchestra)
Un ballo in maschera, Act II: Ecco l'orrido campo ove s'accoppia (Amelia)
Un ballo in maschera, Act II: Ma dell'arido stelo divulsa (Amelia)
Un ballo in maschera, Act II: Teco io sto (Riccardo/Amelia)
Un ballo in maschera, Act II: Non sai tu che se l'anima mia (Riccardo/Amelia)
Un ballo in maschera, Act II: Oh, qual soave brivido (Riccardo/Amelia)
Un ballo in maschera, Act II: Ahimè! S'appressa (Amelia/Riccardo/Renato)
Un ballo in maschera, Act II: Arnico, gelosa t'affido una cura (Riccardo/Renato)
Un ballo in maschera, Act II: Odi tu come fremono cupi (Amelia/Renato/Riccardo)
Un ballo in maschera, Act II: Seguitemi
Un ballo in maschera, Act II: Ve', se di notte qui colla sposa (Renato/Amelia/Coro/Samuel/Tom)
Un ballo in maschera, Act III, Scene 1: A tal colpa è nulla il pianto (Renato/Amelia)
Un ballo in maschera, Act III, Scene 1: Morrò, ma prima in grazia (Amelia)
Un ballo in maschera, Act III, Scene 1: Alzati! là tuo figlio (Renato)
Un ballo in maschera, Act III, Scene 1: Eri tu che macchiavi quell'anima...O dolcezze perdute! O memorie (Renato)
Un ballo in maschera, Act III, Scene 1: Starn soli. Udite...(Renato/Tom/Samuel)
Un ballo in maschera, Act III, Scene 1: Dunque l'onta di tutti sol una (Renato/Tom/Samuel)
Un ballo in maschera, Act III, Scene 1: D'una grazia vi supplico (Renato/Samuel/Tom/Amelia)
Un ballo in maschera, Act III, Scene 1: Qual è dunque l'eletto?...Ah! del Conte la morte si vuole! (Renato/Samuel/Tom/Amelia)
Un ballo in maschera, Act III, Scene 1: Il messaggio entri
Un ballo in maschera, Act III, Scene 1: Ah! Di che fulgor, che musiche (Renato/Oscar/Amelia/Samuel/Tom)
Un ballo in maschera, Act III, Scene 2: Forse la soglia attinee (Riccardo)
Un ballo in maschera, Act III, Scene 2: Ma se m'è forza perditi (Riccardo/Oscar)
Un ballo in maschera, Act III, Scene 3: Fervono amori e danze (Coro/Samuel/Renato/Tom/Oscar)
Un ballo in maschera, Act III, Scene 3: Saper vorreste di che si veste (Oscar)
Un ballo in maschera, Act III, Scene 3: Fervono amori e danze... (Coro/Renato/Oscar)
Un ballo in maschera, Act III, Scene 3: Ah! perchè qui! fuggite... (Amelia/Riccardo)
Un ballo in maschera, Act III, Scene 3: E tu ricevi il mio! (Renato/Riccardo/Amelia/Oscar/Coro)
Un ballo in maschera, Act III, Scene 3: Ella è pura: in braccio a morte (Renato/Riccardo/Amelia/Oscar/Coro)


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