"Open-hearted" mezzo soprano Abigail Fischer talks with Resonant Bodies Festival director Lucy Dhegrae about her upcoming 2016 Festival set. In this episode you will hear tracks by Lewis Pesacov, Missy Mazzoli, and Caleb Burhans; Fischer discusses her collaborations with composers Nico Muhly, John Zorn, Burhans, Mazzoli, and others.
"With her dramatic tumble of red hair and cello-mellow voice, Ms. Fischer sings with dramatic restraint that has no equal in her generation. You didn't want her to stop." So said Zachary Woolfe of the New York Times after Ms. Fischer's performance of George Benjamin's Upon Silence with Orchestra of Saint Luke's at the New York Phil Bienniel. Among the contemporary pieces she has championed, the most notable may be Missy Mazzoli's first opera Song from the Uproar, performed at LA Opera, Chautauqua Opera, and Da Camera Houston in the 2015-2016 season.
Also in 2015-16, Ms. Fischer returned to Boston Symphony Orchestra as soloist (and Fairy actress!) in incidental music from Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream conducted by Andris Nelsons, championed the lead role as Mrs. X.E. in the world premiere of Du Yun’s Angel’s Bone in New York City’s Prototype Festival, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, and dug into her new favorite role of Carmen in both La Tragèdie de Carmen (Brook/Bizet) at Colorado Music Festival and an abridged Bizet version at Bay Chamber Concerts in Rockport, Maine.
Upcoming in the 2016-17 season will include Handel Messiah with the Milwaukee Symphony and the Duke Chapel Choir, Missy Mazzoli's Song from the Uproar at the Gardiner Museum in Boston, and her Italian stage debut in Toshio Hosakawa's The Raven in Bolzano, Italy.