Originally drawn to singing through traditional Scottish and American songs, soprano Addie Rose Forstman strives to bring the simplicity and authenticity of Folk music to the Operatic and Art Song repertoire. After her recent performance of several works of Susan Botti at Music Alive!, a concert series curated by Joan Tower and Blair McMillen, The Millbrook Independent praised her for her “excellent French” and continued “Forstman sang this sensitive piece about snow ["Listen it's snowing", text by e.e. cummings] with polish and real emotion. I think cummings himself would have heartily approved.”
In March she sang the role of Danica in Ana Sokolović’s Svadba, and appeared as a dancer in Stravinsky’s Pulcinella in “All the Wonders: A Triple Bill” presented by Bard Conservatory Graduate Vocal Arts Program at the Richard B. Fisher Center. Earlier in the 2017-18 season Addie Rose was a soloist in Bard’s Winter Songfest concert, with members of the Vocal Arts Program and the Bard Conservatory Orchestra, under the direction of James Bagwell. She also made her debut with the Grammy-Award Winning Albany Symphony, conducted by David Alan Miller, as Papagena in Mozart’s Magical Musical Adventure, a retelling of The Magic Flute for young children. In May of 2017 she was a finalist in the Advanced University Division of the Classical Singer Competition held in Chicago, Illinois.
Addie Rose has been seen in Eastman Opera Theater’s production of Massenet's Cendrillon as one of the spirits, and in a fully staged rendition of Jake Heggie's Camille Claudel: Into the Fire. In March 2017 she sang in the premiere of Lori Laitman’s Are Women People? at a concert celebrating 100 years of women’s suffrage in New York State. She has also sung in concert in Rochester at the Asbury United Methodist Church and as a member of the St. Michael’s Chamber Singers. She has given numerous song recitals in Pennsylvania, New York and Alabama, frequently in collaboration with pianist Edward Forstman.
In addition to performing and pursuing her Master’s degree in the Bard Conservatory Graduate Vocal Arts Program, Addie Rose is a dedicated voice teacher, currently offering private lessons through the Paul Effman Music School in Poughkeepsie, NY.
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