Arianna Zukerman, Soprano
Chair of Vocal Studies, Wintergreen Summer Music Academy
Advisor for Vocal Programming, Wintergreen Summer Music Festival
Faculty, The Catholic University of America
Renowned for her pure, luminous, rich soprano, persuasive performances and dramatic ability, Arianna Zukerman is considered one of the premiere vocal artists of her generation. An artist in demand internationally for concert and opera performances, Ms. Zukerman is also an avid chamber musician, and regularly collaborates with some of today’s foremost chamber players. The Washington Post says “Arianna Zukerman possesses a remarkable voice that combines the range, warmth and facility of a Rossini mezzo with shimmering, round high notes and exquisite pianissimos that would make any soprano jealous.”
Ms. Zukerman is the featured soloist on the critically acclaimed, GRAMMY nominated 2013 Naxos recording of James Whitbourn’s oratorio, Annelies: the first major choral setting the Diary of Anne Frank. The Guardian (UK) praised her performance on the CD¸ stating, “Arianna Zukerman sings with subdued beauty.” This season she sings the New York City premiere of the work at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center.
Ms. Zukerman’s current season includes her debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in a three-city tour of the UK at Reading’s The Hexagon, London’s Royal Festival Hall, and at the Cathedral in Salisbury, her father, Pinchas Zukerman conducting. She performs Whitbourn’s Annelies with the Lincoln Trio, clarinetist Bharat Chandra, The Chicago Children’s Choir, Josephine Lee conducting, at Chicago’s Harris Theatre (presented under the auspices of the US Holocaust Museum’s 20th anniversary year). Ms. Zukerman appears at the New Hampshire Music Festival and at Chicago’s International Beethoven Festival in recital. With the Gonzaga Symphony in Spokane, Washington, she sings Strauss’s Four Last Songs and Verdi’s E strano...sempre libera from La Traviata and sings another performance of Annelies with the Carolina Master Chorale. She performs Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with the Catholic University of America Orchestra and Verdi’s Requiem with the National Philharmonic. Spring 2014 brings a performance of the multimedia concert drama, the Defiant Requiem at the Music Center at Strathmore with The Orchestra of Terezin Remembrance, and reengagements in Ottawa with Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra, and in London with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Recent performance highlights include a 15-concert engagement with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in Tel Aviv, Haifa and Jerusalem; a performance of Jake Heggie’s At the Statue of Venus for Urban Arias at the Strathmore Center for the Arts’ Strathmore Mansion; a concert with Chicago’s Music of the Baroque under Jane Glover singing Mozart’s Exsultate, jubilate and “Ch’io mi scordi di te”, with Vladimir Feltsman at the piano; a return to the Colorado Symphony as soloist in Fauré’s Requiem under conductor Jose Luis Gomez; as soloist in the Mutual Inspirations Festival at the National Gallery in DC, and with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in Handel’s Messiah under Jane Glover.
Ms. Zukerman’s extensive career includes performances with an impressive group of conductors including James Levine, Charles Dutoit, Leonard Slatkin, Lorin Maazel, Ivor Bolton, Constantine Orbelian, Julian Wachner, Jane Glover, Lawrence Foster, Rossen Milanov, Marin Alsop, Pinchas Zukerman, Jose Luis Gomez, and Andrew Litton. She has worked with major orchestras worldwide, including the orchestras of Boston, Chicago, Minnesota, Dallas, Colorado, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, and Philadelphia, the Rochester Philharmonic and National Arts Centre Orchestra in North America, and with the English String Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic (UK), the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Gulbenkian Foundation Orchestra and the Moscow Chamber Orchestra abroad. Ms. Zukerman has performed leading roles with the New York City Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Arizona Opera, the Chattanooga Opera, the Berkshire Opera Company, and the Castleton Festival.
In her chamber music collaborations, she has worked with such esteemed artists as violinist Daniel Hope; pianists Benjamin Hochman, Ken Noda, Navah Perlman, Joy Schreier, and Brian Zeger; clarinetists Bharat Chandra, Alex Fiterstein, Patrick Messina, and Anthony McGill; flutist Eugenia Zukerman; the Miami String Quartet, and The Lincoln Trio.
Arianna Zukerman was born in New York City into a musical family. Her father is violinist/violist/conductor Pinchas Zukerman, her mother is flutist, writer and arts broadcaster, Eugenia Zukerman, and her sister Natalia Zukerman is an accomplished singer/songwriter. In addition to her busy performing schedule she maintains an active studio at the Catholic University of America, where she is an Adjunct Professor of Voice, and she gives master classes around the United States.
A past recipient of the Sullivan Foundation Award, Ms. Zukerman was a member of the Bavarian State Opera’s Junges Ensemble. She studied theatre at Brown University and received her Bachelor of Music from the Juilliard School. She resides with her family in Greater Washington, DC.