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. During the summer 2019 season Addie Rose has been seen in various roles in dell’Arte Opera Ensemble’s Voices from the Tower festival at La Mama Experimental Theater in NYC. She performed the role of Isabella Beecher in scenes from Victoria Bond’s Mrs. President, sang the world premiere of Martha Sullivan’s song cycle Selon…, and covered the title role, as well as singing in the chorus, of Princess Maleine, a world premiere opera composed and conducted by Whitney George, with libretto and staging by Bea Goodwin.
In April 2019 Addie Rose was the soprano soloist in Schubert’s Mass in G, with the SUNY New Paltz Choral Ensembles, and made her National Sawdust debut in “First Songs”, a program of New York premieres, presented by members of the Bard Vocal Arts Program, along with internationally acclaimed soprano Dawn Upshaw. Earlier in the 2018-19 season Addie Rose performed selections from Joseph Canteloube’s Chants d’Auvergne with The Broad Street Orchestra, conducted by Noah Palmer, and was the soprano soloist in Giovanni Gabrieli's In ecclesiis, led by Maestro James Bagwell. In November of 2018, along with four colleagues from Bard, she performed in and co-produced "Imperfectly Perfect" an American Art Song concert exploring the complexity of family relationships. During the summer of 2018 Addie Rose and pianist Edward Forstman, took their program of song and contemporary keyboard works, “Flowers of Summer”, on a small tour of New York, Pennsylvania, and Alabama. Highlights from 2017-18 were singing Danica in Ana Sokolović’s Svadba, and making her debut with the Grammy-Award Winning Albany Symphony, conducted by David Alan Miller, as Papagena in a retelling of The Magic Flute for young children.
Upcoming engagements for the 2019-20 season include Art Song recitals in collaboration with pianist Edward Forstman for concert series such as Music in the Home, in Lancaster, PA; A Little Lunch Music at the Jule Collins Smith Museum in Auburn, AL; and Noonday Getaway Concerts at Grace Episcopal in White Plains, NY.
In addition to performing, Addie Rose is a dedicated voice teacher, and a seamstress at the Fisher Center costume shop at Bard College. She holds a Master's degree from The Graduate Vocal Arts Program at the Bard College Conservatory of Music, and a Bachelor's degree in vocal performance from the Eastman School of Music.
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