Wendy BuzbyBerkeley, CA
Wendy Buzby (Mezzo-soprano) is quickly becoming one of the in demand young mezzo-sopranos singing today. Her recent engagements include; the title role in a premier preview workshop with the San Francisco Opera in Mark Adamo’s, The Gospel of Mary Magdalene, Flora in La Traviata with Opera San Jose, Mary in Der fliegende Höllander, Dido in Dido and Aeneas with Bay Area Classical Harmonies, the Sandman in Hansel and Gretel with Syracuse Opera (A role for which she was awarded Artist of the year in 2010), Dorabella in Così fan tutte with Opera Colorado, Tisbe with Opera Fairbanks in Rossini’s La Cenerentola, and Cherubino in La nozze di Figaro with the Ash Lawn Opera Festival. Ms. Buzby is also active on the concert stage and has sung as the alto soloist with the Contra Costa Chorale for their performances of the Verdi Requiem and Mozart’s Mass in C Minor.
Other operatic roles in Ms. Buzby’s repertoire include Mrs. Patrick DeRocher and Jade Boucher from Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking, Orfeo in Orfeo ed Euridice, Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, Angelina in La Cenerentola, Dritte Dame in Die Zauberflote, the Forester’s Wife and the Owl in The Cunning Little Vixen, and Shirley in her New York City debut in the world premiere of David Chesky’s The Pig, The Farmer, and The Artist at the Gene Frankel Theatre. Ms. Buzby is currently working as a professional chorister with the San Francisco Symphony Chorus and sang with the San Francisco Opera Chorus in their 2013 season.
A winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions for the Western Washington/Alaska Region in 2013 and the San Francisco Region in 2011, Ms. Buzby has met with great opportunity and success in the Bay Area, teaching privately as well as with San Francisco’s all-kids’ opera company, Little Opera. Ms. Buzby holds a Master’s degree in vocal performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Bachelor of Music from Northwestern University, Illinois.